De Montfort University Archives and Special Collections

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  • Telephone
      0044 1162 506 392
  • Address
      The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH, England, United Kingdom
  • Directions
      The Archive is part of the Kimberlin Library, situated off Mill Lane in De Montfort University's central Leicester campus.
  • Opening Hours
    • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9.00 - 17.00
  • Access Information
      Please book an appointment before visiting.
  • Advance Orders
      Please email the Archive to discuss the documents you would like to consult.
  • Photographs Allowed
      depending on the material
  • Reproduction Services
      Researchers are welcome to bring digital cameras and photograph items, subject to the condition of the material and signing a copyright declaration form. A photocopier is available for public use. Some scanning may be provided by the Archivist, depending on the amount requested and the condition of the items.
  • Facilities for Disabled Persons
      Access ramp, disabled toilets.
  • Refreshment Area
      A small café serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks is available on site during term time. Outside of term there are vending machines serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.
  • Archival and Other Holdings

    The main archive collection traces the development and activities of the institution from its founding in 1870 as the Leicester School of Art to its current status as De Montfort University. The records include student registers, annual reports, prospectuses, committee minutes, staff records, press cuttings, orders of proceedings from graduation ceremonies, visitors’ books, and photographs of the campus and classes. The Archive also holds subject specific collections such as the papers of the Foundation for Community Dance, the National Youth Agency archive and the personal papers of playwright Bryony Lavery. There are also growing collections of material relating to the history of fashion and of photography.

    Special Collections comprises sequences of books and journals of special research interest, including: the Kodak Collection relating to the history of photography; the Fashion and Textiles sequence incorporating the library of HATRA, the Hosiery and Allied Trades Research Association; the Art, Design and Architecture sequence; the National Youth Collection, a series of books, pamphlets and resources which complement the National Youth Agency archives; the History of Leicester sequence including many rare books relating to local history, such as a first edition of William Burton’s 1662 history of the city and county, and the Jain sequence of books donated by the Jain temple situated near the DMU campus.

  • History

    The De Montfort University Archives and Special Collections was opened in 2011.