Author Archives: Katharine Short

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.

New Catalogues on the Archives Hub

Tweet Two new catalogues have been made live on the Archives Hub. The archives of Youth Dance England came to Special Collections in April this year. They complement other dance collections, in particular the Foundation for Community Dance. Youth Dance … Continue reading

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Leicester Castle opens on Heritage Sunday for the first time

Tweet The Special Collections team are often called on to assist with Heritage Sundays. A joint event run by Visit Leicester and DMU’s Heritage Centre, Heritage Sundays allow members of the public to access the medieval history of the campus … Continue reading

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DMU Special Collections launches on Twitter

Tweet Special Collections now have a dedicated Twitter feed: @DMUSpecialColls. Please follow us for news about our services, images from the collections, and the occasional adventures of Roary the Archives Dinosaur.

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Be the Change

Tweet Today DMU is holding a 24 hour event which will explore key issues ahead of the General Election. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday 3 May, the same day that Parliament is expected to be dissolved, it will conclude … Continue reading

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DMU Campus in 1923

Tweet Following a tweet by Library and Learning Services, I couldn’t resist having a closer look at this fantastic aerial photograph of the campus site. The image is from the wonderful resource at Britain From Above, digitised aerial photographs from … Continue reading

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Easter Greetings

Tweet Special Collections staff would like to wish all our readers a happy Easter. To celebrate here are a few Easter related items from the collection.     Firstly, Easter baking in a time of rationing meant Simnel Cake was … Continue reading

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Archives at Risk

Tweet Disasters often strike archive services: the collapse of the building that housed the Historical Archive of the City of Cologne, for example, burying 90% of their holdings; or the fire that ravaged Glasgow School of Art including their library. … Continue reading

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Museum and Exhibition Design Student Seminar

Tweet Last week Special Collections held a seminar for MA students taking a module in Museum and Exhibition Design. The purpose of the seminar was to examine the preservation requirements of historic objects and how these requirements might affect exhibition … Continue reading

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Love in the Archives

Tweet To celebrate Valentine’s Day we have collated a selection of love themed material from Special Collections. Our collection of women’s magazines include many short stories of a romantic nature:                   Our … Continue reading

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Lulu Hancock 1966-2016

Tweet We have learned of the sad passing of one of our former Fine Art lecturers, Lulu Hancock. Hancock studied the Foundation Art and Design course at Leicester Polytechnic in 1985 before going on to a BA in Illustration and … Continue reading

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