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.

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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Chic Parisien fashion magazine

Tweet Work has been underway in the Archive to improve some existing catalogue descriptions that needed a little more detail. One of the descriptions that has been improved is F/002: Chic Parisien fashion plates. This beautiful set of plates appears to … Continue reading

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New Catalogues on Archives Hub

Tweet Two new descriptions have recently gone live on the DMU Archives page of the Archives Hub. Russian Space Exploration (reference code RSE) describes the exciting collection of drawings, documents, photographs, ephemeral objects and memorabilia relating to early Russian space exploration. … Continue reading

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Andrew Davies Collection comes to Special Collections

Tweet We are very pleased to announce that DMU Special Collections has received papers of the celebrated screenwriter Andrew Davies. The collection was donated to DMU’s Centre for Adaptations in 2015, where it has been catalogued and digitised by research assistants … Continue reading

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#Shakespeare400: Book Launch at the DMU Heritage Centre

Tweet This afternoon the Heritage Centre was delighted to host the launch of “Shakespeare’s Cultural Capital: His Economic Impact from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-first Century”. Edited by DMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard and Dr Siobhan Keenan, the book brings together a collection … Continue reading

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Shakespeare 400

Tweet As part of University wide celebrations of the life and work of William Shakespeare, the Special Collections Team has unveiled a pop-up exhibition which looks at the legacy of his plays in the world of theatre. The exhibition draws … Continue reading

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