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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 […]

Remote working!

Keep Calm and Scroll On! (Pt.4)

  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!                     […]

Missing our strongroom (archive store)

Keep Calm and Scroll On!

      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 […]

Looking through the Record Office boxes

Looking through the Record Office boxes

One of the features of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project is that we want to create the opportunity for volunteers to learn new skills. One of our volunteers, Ewan Shaw, has been working with old reel to reel tapes. There are several boxes sitting on the shelves of the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & […]

The Great Central Railway station, Loughborough

The Platform recordings – trains, planes, automobiles and volunteers.

  In 1974 John Kirby and Geoff Smith started ‘Platform’, a BBC Radio Leicester series about transport. Kirby was already making educational programmes for BBC Radio Leicester as part of a teaching secondment. He met John Cole while visiting the Rev. Teddy Boston’s model railway in Cadeby, Leicestershire, and Cole joined the programme in 1975. […]

Images of BBC Radio Leicester

Images of BBC Radio Leicester

There have always been strong links between the University of Leicester and the UK’s first local BBC station, Radio Leicester – https://le.ac.uk/news/2017/november/radio-leicester-and-the-university-of-leicester-2013-50-years-of-collaboration2019. As part of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) project we have been digitising a large number of Radio Leicester programmes and we were delighted when we were given some boxes of slides […]

Some of the AIM papers in the archive store, before processing.

Cataloguing the AIM archive

  Guest post from Hana Noor, a former MA Museum Studies student at the University of Leicester, 2019       As part of my postgraduate course, I had the opportunity to undertake a work placement project over the summer of 2019 in the archives and special collections department. The project involved organising and cataloguing […]

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