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.

Explore Your Archive 2017 : #hairyarchives

Tweet Today’s #explorearchives hashtag is #hairyarchives. We absolutely love this theme and as a challenge to ourselves we thought we would attempt to find at least one hairy archive for each decade since DMU opened as the Leicester College of Art … Continue reading

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Explore Your Archive 2017 : #ediblearchives

Tweet Today Explore Your Archive is delving into the world of food and drink with the hashtag #ediblearchives. Travelling expands the mind and offers new experiences – and trying out local dishes is a huge part of being abroad! Menus, … Continue reading

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Explore Your Archive 2017 – #archivecatwalk

Tweet For our first #ExploreArchives hashtag, #Archivecatwalk, we have an abundance of material! There is so much to choose from: fashion journals and magazines, plates and sketches and staff and student work. This is largely due to the fact that … Continue reading

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Explore Your Archive 2017

Tweet #Explore Your Archive is finally here! In Special Collections we are all very excited to launch #ExploreArchives and get our events underway in our first ever university-wide campaign to take the joy of archives across campus and get staff, … Continue reading

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40 Years of Kimberlin Library

Tweet Kimberlin Library was opened on this day 40 years ago! It’s also 20 years since the addition of the extension and 10 years since the refurbishment of the Learning Zone, making 2017 a special one for the Library. In the … Continue reading

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Special Collections LibGuide

Tweet We’ve made some updates to our LibGuide: https://libguides.library.dmu.ac.uk/archives You can find lists of our collections arranged by subjects, with links to the catalogues on the Archives Hub. Have a look!  

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120 Years of the Hawthorn Building

Tweet The Hawthorn Building was officially opened on the 5th October 1897, 120 years ago today!

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New catalogues on the Archives Hub

Tweet DMU Special Collections was delighted yesterday to host the final Archives Hub Roadshow of this summer, rolling out the new interface to archivists so they can get cataloguing! Having online catalogues is a huge bonus to discoverability. Without them … Continue reading

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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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