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Special Collections - archives and rare books: About Special Collections

What is Special Collections?

Special Collections comprises archives, artefacts, rare books and artworks.

The collections span 1474 to the present day and encompass the history of DMU as an institution, with specialist holdings including collections on sports history, performance and art, history of photography, fashion and textiles, and the history of Leicester.

Catalogues for our collections can be accessed here:

The Special Collections Team

Katharine Short, Special Collections Manager,, 0116 250 6392, @KatharineES

Natalie Hayton, Assistant Archivist,, 0116 207 8724, @natalieahayton 

David Millns, Archives Assistant,, 0116 207 8776

Louise Bruton, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 

We also work in close partnership with:

  • Elizabeth Wheelband, Heritage Centre Curator
  • Steven Peachey, Heritage Assistant

Visiting the Archive

The Special Collections team are based in Room 00.21 on the lower ground floor of the Kimberlin Library.

Opening Hours

Monday: Closed
Tues-Fri: 10am-5pm

From September to May the reading room is open on the last Sunday of the month, 11 till 3.

More information on Access here.

Contacting Special Collections


Telephone: 0116 207 8776

Twitter: @DMUSpecialColls


Instagram: @DMUHeritage


Room 00.21
Kimberlin Library
De Montfort University
The Gateway, Leicester