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.

Away Day Display

Tweet Special Collections were asked to contribute to the Finance Department Away Day by giving a talk on the history of DMU as one of several optional activities for finance staff.  We started with a warm-up activity based on old … Continue reading

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OTD: birth of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics

Tweet On this day in 1921 Eunice Kennedy Shriver was born. Inspired by her disabled older sister Rosemary, Eunice founded the Special Olympics, with the aim of providing athletic opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities. The first event was held in … Continue reading

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Public School Stories

Tweet This week marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter story, as author JK Rowling noted: The world of Harry Potter centres around the adventures of a young wizard while at a boarding school for … Continue reading

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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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