New Catalogues on Archives Hub

Two new descriptions have recently gone live on the DMU Archives page of the Archives Hub.

Russian Space Exploration (reference code RSE) describes the exciting collection of drawings, documents, photographs, ephemeral objects and memorabilia relating to early Russian space exploration. The collection was donated to the Archive by lecturer Andrew Thomas and has recently featured in a Russian space exhibition at DMU’s Heritage Centre.


Special Olympics Leicester (reference code SOL) details a collection donated to the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at DMU and transferred by them to the Archive for safe-keeping. The materials relate to the 2009 Special Olympics which were held in Leicester and includes memorabilia and ephemera, press cuttings, photographs, signed material, action plans, guides, programmes, framed photos, evaluation reports, DVDs, a resource pack, educational CD-ROMs, general rules folders, bid documents and a PR coverage booklet.


Both collections are available to view in the Special Collections reading room in DMU’s Kimberlin Library. Please contact for more information.


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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