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Indexing the Press Cuttings Books

Indexing the Press Cuttings Books

Among the items held in the University of Leicester Institutional Archives are a series of Press Cuttings. Compiled from 1922 to the present day they consist of articles taken from the local press, mainly the Leicester Mercury, though articles from national newspapers and occasionally journals are included. As Library Assistant in Archives and Special Collections […]

Graduate Placement

Graduate Placement

By Megan Jeans, Accelerate Your Career graduate programme.   As a recent graduate of Contemporary History from the University of Leicester, I have had to consider what to do with my degree – a somewhat arduous task that befalls many a graduate. After, debating my career path, I set my sights on what I enjoyed […]

‘One of the most remarkable men in the entire history of archaeology’

‘One of the most remarkable men in the entire history of archaeology’

Two hundred years ago, on 1 August 1817, the adventurer-Egyptologist Giovanni Belzoni, described by Howard Carter, with good reason, as ‘one of the most remarkable men in the entire history of archaeology’1 was the first to set foot inside the Great Temple of Abu Simbel, which had been sealed for centuries beneath the sands of […]

Portrait of John Leech by John Everett Millais from: William Powell Frith, John Leech: His Life and Work, Vol. I, (London, 1891), 709.42092 LEE/FRI

The schoolboy sketches of John Leech

The artist and illustrator John Leech, who became one of the foremost contributors to Punch and created the artwork for some of Dickens’ most popular works, notably A Christmas Carol, was born in 1817 in London, the son of the assistant proprietor of the London Coffee House.  He was sent to Charterhouse School from the […]

A tulip bulb, the value of which would have fed ‘a whole ship’s crew for a twelvemonth’

A tulip bulb, the value of which would have fed ‘a whole ship’s crew for a twelvemonth’

The tulip, with its bold, eye-catching flowers in a wide variety of gorgeous colours, is in bloom, in many of our spring gardens, making one of their most striking features. In common with many flowers, it has gone in and out of fashion over the centuries – but the tulip’s history has been more dramatic than […]

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