New Archives Display in Kimberlin Library

A selection of material from the Archives has gone on exhibition in the staircase display case (leading down to the lower ground floor).

The theme is ‘Did You Know’ and the exhibition examines some lesser-known facts about DMU history. For example, did you know that the DMU lion logo originates in the heraldry of the City of Leicester?

Leicester coat of arms002 CT 10 de montfort logo 1990s

Did you know that the John Whitehead Building used to be a clothing factory owned by William Baker? I couldn’t resist the opportunity to use these fantastic dolls which came to us as part of the archive of the company. They seem to be wearing pyjamas that match those in the Beautex children’s range.


Did you know that the Kimberlin Library used to have an exhibition hall attached? It’s number 12 on this 1977 map of the campus.

campus map 1977004

I could go on but I don’t want to spoil the display …

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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