New Heritage Centre Exhibitions

We are very pleased to have opened two new exhibitions in the Temporary and Student Galleries: Road to Reform and Contemporary Protest.

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Road to Reform traces the history of democratic change in the UK, from Magna Carta and other attempts to control the absolute power of the monarchy, to Chartists and Suffragettes trying to extend the right to vote. The exhibition was opened by Peter Barrett, great-grandson of local Suffragette Alice Hawkins:


Contemporary Protest showcases the work of DMU’s Media Discourse Group and their studies of global protest movements. The exhibition was co-written with academic Stuart Price who spoke at the launch:


Here is a little preview of the exhibitions:

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Simon de Montfort and detail of shield sculpture by Sean Crampton.

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The English Civil War and the Chartists.

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A Suffragette banner and sash (courtesy of the Leicestershire Museums Service) and a facsimile of the 1918 Representation of the People Act which first gave some women the right to vote (courtesy of The Parliamentary Archives).

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Leicester’s Radicals: Thomas Cook, Thomas Barclay and Alfred and Alice Hawkins.

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The Media Discourse Group study anti-austerity campaigns such as the Occupy movement, and anti-fascism protests.

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Protest paraphernalia.

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Studies of contemporary Spanish protest movements find that many have their roots in the Spanish Civil War. The video screen includes footage of scientists who are working to identify the remains of those summarily executed during the War.

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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