Showcasing our photographic history collections
Special Collections was pleased to be invited to prepare a pop-up display for the Photographic History Research Centre annual conference. The conference theme is Material Practices of Visual History.
The case includes a brochure from the Kodak Collection library; a Japanese tourism board glass slide and UNESCO world heritage brochure and 35mm slides from the National Art Slide Library collection; slides, negative and transparencies from DMU’s own photographic collections; a contact sheet from Iona Cruickshank’s Mapping the Fading Light, and photographic prints from the Ski Club of Great Britain collection.
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.