About Us

DMU Special Collections is part of Library and Learning Services based in the Kimberlin Library. We hold varied material including archives, rare books, artwork and artefacts.

The main archive collection relates to the history of DMU, tracing the development and activities of the institution from its founding in 1870 as the Leicester School of Art, its years as Leicester Polytechnic, and its current status as De Montfort University.

Catalogues for the collection can be found here: https://specialcollections.catalogue.dmu.ac.uk/

Rare books are catalogued as part of the main DMU Library catalogue, see https://capitadiscovery.co.uk/dmu/

In addition to caring for our collections we assist researchers, hold a programme of outreach activities such as talks, tours and displays, contribute to records management and research data management strategies across the university, collaborate with heritage partners across Leicester and the East Midlands, and run a successful student volunteering programme.


Katharine Short, Special Collections Manager

Dr Natalie Hayton, Assistant Archivist

David Millns, Archives Assistant