Paul Peter Piech


A nice example this morning of the Archive and the Art Collection complementing each other. Kate the Art Collections Co-ordinator asked me if there was anything in the Archive to explain a collection of posters by Paul Peter Piech. She thought that perhaps he had worked at Leicester Polytechnic in the 1970s.

I was able to find evidence that Piech worked in the School of Graphic Design from 1970 to 1974: he is listed in the prospectuses. An article preserved in the press cutting album refers to an exhibition of Piech’s work: the Stations of the Cross. The Leicester Mercury for 25 October 1982 notes: “Brevity and strong impact are key factors in Paul’s artistic approach. A commanding directness in his poster design communicates loud and clear in an essentially personal and contemporary idiom.”

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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