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.
David Millns, Archives Assistant: 0116 207 8776
Louise Bruton, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing)
We also work in close partnership with:
The Special Collections team are based in Room 00.21 on the lower ground floor of the Kimberlin Library.
Due to C-19 restrictions, we are open for bookings by DMU staff and students only. Appointments are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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To celebrate the past, present and future of De Montfort University through the preservation, promotion and display of archives and artefacts which reveal the on-going story of the institution, inspiring student achievement through engagement with heritage.
DMU Special Collections sits within the Directorate of Library and Learning Services and shares their overall mission and vision, as well as aspiring to contribute to the Strategic Framework set out by the University.
Our vision is to enhance teaching, learning and research activities at De Montfort University and beyond through the provision of specialist resources and to facilitate cross-departmental collaborations inspired by heritage. We aim to engage, motivate and promote learning to all and to play an active role in the life of the students, staff and the community. Special Collections will celebrate, reflect and capture the vibrancy, creativity, culture and diversity of the university as well as its excellence in research and learning.
Our values are at the core of all our work and help us to deliver our mission.
Accessibility: to promote and maintain access to all archives and rare books for all interested parties
Preservation: to ensure that all materials cared for within Special Collections are handled, displayed and stored according to best practice guidelines, to ensure their long term preservation as evidence of the activities of the University for future generations
Engagement: to promote the collections across the University and the wider community, working in partnership with the DMU Heritage Centre to create a vibrant heritage hub and supporting the aspiration of students by opening them up to the possibilities of using heritage in their work
Innovation: to encourage innovation in our approach, using new techniques, technologies and ideas to enhance our work and continually improve the interpretation and preservation of our collections
Collaboration: to work with a range of partners both within the University and across the community, encouraging mutually beneficial dialogues and exciting possibilities to enhance learning, celebrate achievement and create networks
The Special Collections Team has developed a set of policies to assist us in achieving our mission. These were published in 2016 and were due to be reviewed in 2018. Review activity is now planned for 2019.
Collections Management refers to a set of activities that involve the care and development of the collections, including organising access to them. Policies exist as follows:
We also have a policy for the management of materials in our rare books collection, and a policy for the management of our volunteering programme.