Library Special Collections


Digitising the Coventry Archives oral history collection

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by Richard Wheelband, UOSH Midlands Digitisation Engineer   The Unlocking Our Digital Heritage (UOSH) Midlands Hub is based in Special Collections at the University of Leicester and is preserving ‘at risk’ sound collections from across the Midlands. This is the story of one of the collections.   In mid-2019 project manager Colin Hyde and I […]

Mapping the Sounds of Leicestershire & Rutland

Sound Map of Leics & Rutland

Motor City Stories

Coventry University's 1932 Lanchester car on the move

Audio heritage in Leicestershire & Rutland

 This exhibition was in the basement of the University library for the first few months of 2020. It featured items related to the history of sound recording and oral history in Leicestershire & Rutland from the 1950s to the present. The links below follow on from items mentioned in the video.     Early […]

Writing yourself into the archives

Writing yourself into the archives

Seeing other institutions’ reactions to the coronavirus pandemic has encouraged the Archives & Special Collections team to think about what we can do to collect Leicester’s responses to it, both official and personal.     While I (Vicky) have been busy experimenting with WebRecorder to collect the University’s Covid-19 response pages, and saving emails detailing […]

Keep Calm and Scroll On! (Pt.4)

Remote working!

  One thing I’ve observed during the lockdown is how eerily quiet it is in the evenings!   With a reduction in the number of cars on the road, planes in the air, and trains on the tracks many people across the UK have witnessed the effects of noise pollution. I have found however, that […]

Keep Calm and Scroll On! (Pt.3)

Keep Calm and Scroll On! (Pt.3)

  Spring has finally sprung! 🙂    I’m enjoying passing the rows of blossom trees on my ‘once-a-day’ permitted exercise and I was reminded of a photograph from the archives of the campus in spring. I’m surprised by how different the library looks pre-renovation! Is anyone else having library blues?   In part 3 , […]

Keep Calm and Scroll On! (Pt. 2)

Keep Calm and Scroll On! (Pt. 2)

        Although we can’t meet physically, the Archives & Special Collections team have enjoyed catching up virtually in our new work stations. There have been some staff changes over the past couple of years so here are few of us in action!                     […]

Keep Calm and Scroll On!

Missing our strongroom (archive store)

      Hello from our homes!   We had to bid a sad farewell to our archive store and reading room last week, as the Library building closed to ensure the safety of staff and users during the current COVID-19 pandemic.   Like many of our colleagues in the Library, the Archives & Special […]

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