New cataloguing on the Archives Hub

The following new catalogues have been added to the Archives Hub:

D/022: Photograph Album of Thomas Scott Elgood

Photograph album compiled by Thomas Scott Elgood, 1880-1912, showing examples of European metal work. Elgood (1845 – 1912), along with his brothers Richard and John, Thomas was senior partner in a firm of art metal workers known as Elgood Brothers, based in Upper Brown Street, Leicester. Between 1882 and 1900 Thomas Elgood also worked as an instructor in Engineering subjects at the Leicester Technical School. As well as his teaching duties, Thomas attended the Leicester School of Art to take classes in drawing (1891) and modelling (1892). Together with his brother, noted landscape artist George Elgood, George’s tutor Wilmot Pilsbury, and their brother in law artist John Fulleylove (married to Elizabeth Elgood), Thomas used to travel around Leicestershire making topographical drawings and campaigning for the preservation of local heritage.

D/029: Notebooks of Dennis Berry, Architecture student

Notebooks containing lecture notes, sketches, plans and doodles made by Dennis Berry during his time on the Diploma in Architecture at Leicester College of Art, 1947-1950. The notebooks include loose exam papers, homework questions and circulars.

Doodles from Dennis Berry notebook

Above: doodle from the notebooks of Dennis Berry

D/057: Prints by Peter Gauld

Set of four prints by Peter Gauld, 1970, showing Ely Cathedral, York Minster, Canterbury Cathedral and Lincoln Cathedral. Gauld was born in 1925 in Coalville, Leicestershire. He attended Loughborough College before serving with the Manchester Regiment during World War Two. After the War he attended Leicester College of Art to study painting and graphic design.

F/004: Fashion Designs by A Posner

Ten pencil drawings showing typical women’s fashion of the 1930s, all signed “A Posner”.

Fashion design by A Posner, 1920s

Above: fashion design by Posner

F/005: Sample Album of a Silk Merchant

Sample book of a silk merchant from Lyons, France, 1837. The book contains 71 examples of fabric sold by the merchant.

VSM: Victorian Sheet Music

A collection of sheet music title pages, 1850-1860, most likely collected as examples of lithography, illustration, printing and design for the Printing Trades course at Leicester School of Art and Crafts.

Hippo polka

Above: detail of title page of the Hippopotamus Polka

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.
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