DMU’s Special Collections wins national accreditation

De Montfort College Leicester (DMU)’s Special Collections has been awarded Archive Support Accreditation in recognition of its do the job to develop, protect and increase access to nationally important product.

DMU’s archives span 1474 to the present day, and encompass DMU’s historical past as an establishment from its first times as Leicester Faculty of Art in 1870. Distinctive Collections also retains materials relating to athletics, arts, efficiency, and trend historical past as nicely as products on the heritage of Leicester.

Accredited status is a countrywide top quality mark which is awarded by the British isles Archive Services, symbolizing the whole archive sector. To obtain accreditation, candidates have to show proper administration, resourcing, outline the care of collections and reveal how different consumers can accessibility its supplies.

Katharine Shorter, Specific Collections supervisor, has designed up the archive provider from scratch considering that she arrived at DMU in 2013. She explained: “It has been a privilege to steer the progress of the archive to this issue.

“The archives workforce have acquired archive collections of national importance, introduced inspiring educating and student volunteering programmes, been instrumental in the development of DMU’s Heritage Centre and Stephen Lawrence Investigate Centre, and spearheaded the the latest 150th anniversary celebrations.

“We are thrilled to have achieved Accredited standing.  This award validates our tough work to date and provides us a handy roadmap for the long term.”

Foxs Glavier

The archives cared for by the Special Collections team contain:

•    The Stephen Lawrence Archive, donated by previous Chancellor Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE

•    The Andrew Davies Archive, a selection of letters correspondence and drafts from the acclaimed writer

•    The archive of England Boxing which dates from 1880

•    The Ski Club of Fantastic Britain archive

•    Film star scrapbooks from the Golden Age of Hollywood

•    Papers from Fox’s Confectionery, makers of Fox’s Glacier Mints which were produced in Leicester

•    Papers of artist Andrew Logan, founder of Choice Pass up Environment


The Archive Company Accreditation Panel praised DMU’s unique collections workforce on their “effective and ambitious” assistance. They additional: “Much development has been manufactured in a small space of time and as a result of that exercise, Specific Collections has developed into a genuine asset to the university in numerous regions, specifically training, mastering and the scholar practical experience.”

DMU’s Exclusive Collections is section of the Directorate of Library and Learning Companies, and contributes to the help of finding out, educating and analysis throughout the university. It is open up to team, learners, researchers and the public and has properly-set up instructing and volunteering programmes together with a vivid outreach programme.

Posted on Monday 22nd March 2021&#13