De Montfort University Archives and Special Collections

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  • Telephone
      0044 1162 078 776
  • Address
    • The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH, England, United Kingdom
  • Directions
  • Opening Hours
    • Tuesday to Friday, 10.00 to 17.00, first Saturday of the month, 10.00 to 14.00.
  • 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
      For information about reprographics including charges, please see:
  • 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.

    Special Collections seeks to accrue material which relates to specialist subjects taught at DMU, in order to enhance teaching, learning and research at the University.

    We have strengths in the following subjects:

    PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY: Books and journals from the research library of Kodak Ltd; Monographs and journals from the library of the Photographers’ Gallery; Photography auction catalogues from the 1980s-2012 from the Wilson Centre for Photography; National Art Slide Library, a large collection of lantern slides on art and architectural subjects; Papers of a Leicester based photographer who worked on the Snapshots from Home WW2 scheme.

    SPORTS HISTORY: Books, journals, fanzines and magazines transferred from the International Centre for Sports History and Culture; Archives of the Leicester Special Olympics, 2009; Research notes of Professor Tony Mason; Archives and artefacts from the collection of England Boxing; Papers of Sir Norman Chester relating to football.

    FASHION AND TEXTILES: Fashion magazines and journals dating back to the 19th century; Histories of costume; Manuals of textiles manufacture; Fabric and clothing samples; Original fashion illustrations and drawings; Resources relating to local textile industries; Examples of student work.

    ART, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE: Books and journals relating to art, architecture, design and crafts; Examples of staff and student work in illustration, lithography, bookbinding, typography, product design, graphic design and architectural drawing; Exhibition posters and programmes.

    PERFORMING ARTS: Material relating to the Theatre Archive Project; Papers of stage manager Peter Streuli and playwright Bryony Lavery; Recordings of student performances; Papers of the Foundation for Community Dance (People Dancing); Papers of Dance teacher Mike Huxley; Original musical score by composer Sally Beamish.

    ENGLISH LITERATURE: Collection of 19th and 20th century women’s magazines; Papers of Andrew Davies, scriptwriter; Papers of Bryony Lavery, playwright.

    YOUTH WORK: Archives, books and journals from the National Youth Agency; Papers from the Centre for Social Action; Papers of the Rural Youth Network.

    LEICESTER HISTORY: Books and journals relating to the history of Leicester and Leicestershire; Postcards and images of key Leicester locations; Papers relating to the Pageant of Leicester, including costume designs.

  • History

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

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