Explore Your Archive 2018

Special Collections Manager Katharine during the 2017 Explore Your Archive campaign

It’s November which means … it’s nearly time for Explore Your Archive!

Explore Your Archive is a campaign that showcases the best of archives and archive services in the UK and Ireland. The campaign is owned by the sector itself and delivered by the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland). By providing a range of marketing and information templates and materials, it aims to help professionals, volunteers, interns and students celebrate the unique potential of archives to excite people, bring communities together and tell amazing stories.

The campaign aims to open the phenomenal archival collections held by organisations – public and private – across the UK and Ireland, whatever their size and scale, and wherever they are. The campaign week is 17-25 November 2018.


This year DMU Special Collections has chosen to celebrate our institutional collection in particular, coinciding with our forthcoming 150th anniversary and the launch of our Appeal for Archives.

We will be contributing to the campaign’s social media hashtags with blog posts and Twitter posts. The overall hashtag is #ExploreArchives and the daily schedule this year is:

Saturday 17 November 2018 – #MusicArchives

Sunday 18 November 2018 – #ReligiousArchives

Monday 19 November 2018 – #ArchiveAnniversaries

Tuesday 20 November 2018 – #HairyArchives

Wednesday 21 November 2018 – #MaritimeArchives

Thursday 22 November 2018 – #DiversityArchives

Friday 23 November 2018 – #ArchiveAnimals

Saturday 24 November 2018 – #SportingArchives

Sunday 25 November 2018 – #InternationalArchives

Look out for our blogs on these interesting topics – each one will have some connection to our theme of the history of DMU!

Artwork by student Julian Gould, killed during the First World War

We will also have a travelling pop-up display commemorating the contribution of DMU’s predecessor to the First World War. The display will be available at the following locations:

Monday 12th to Sunday 18th: Kimberlin Library Foyer

Monday 19th to Tuesday 20th: Hugh Aston Atrium

Tuesday 20th to Wednesday 21st: Vijay Patel, outside the Gallery

Thursday 22nd to Friday 23rd: Campus Centre foyer

Sunday 25th:  Trinity Chapel during Meet the Archivists event (open to the public, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 

Sunday 25th is the last Heritage Sunday of the year. As well as the Meet the Archivists event mentioned above, we’ll have an activity trail and crafts for children in Leicester Castle and a chance to see the current Heritage Centre exhibitions: the Art of Healthcare and A Heritage of Healing .

Craft activities on Heritage Sunday 2017

We hope to engage with many of you during Explore Your Archive week – although we are of course available any other week too!



About Katharine Short

When I was 13 every careers questionnaire I did at school suggested I become an archivist. In rebellion I studied History of Art at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute before giving in to the inevitable and undertaking a qualification in Archives Administration at Aberystwyth University. I worked at King’s College London Archives and the London Metropolitan Archives before becoming the Archivist here at DMU in January 2013. My role is hugely varied: answering enquiries and assisting researchers, sorting, cataloguing, cleaning and packaging archival material, managing our environmentally controlled storage areas, giving seminars, talks and tours, researching aspects of University history, liaising with potential donors and advocating for the importance of archives within the organisation. I am one of those incredibly fortunate people who can say ‘I love my job’ and really mean it.
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