Facilities at CUH

We provide a friendly and supportive environment for learning and research in urban history. The Centre is located at the Marc Fitch Historical Institute, Salisbury Road, approximately five minutes' walk from Leicester railway station and the main campus.

Marc Fitch House, 3-5 Salisbury Road, is a pair of Victorian semi-detached villas with fine glass, wood and plasterwork. It houses the combined libraries of Urban History and English Local History, map rooms, a seminar room, dedicated space for visitors and fellows and staff offices.

No.1 Salisbury Road is a large three-storey Victorian villa which houses the East Midland Oral History Archive and the Media Archive of Central England, a seminar room, a computer laboratory with space for up to ten users, a room for the use of all MA students within the School of Historical Studies and space for doctoral students.

For information on how to find the University of Leicester and the position of Salisbury Road in relation to the main campus, please visit the University's Maps and Directions section. Limited parking is available for visitors to Marc Fitch House. Please contact the Centre to arrange this.


Library/reading room

The Centre has its own growing specialist library to compliment the University Library's excellent collection of urban, archaeological and local history books and journals. The Centre also enjoys a close relationship with local record offices, which have major urban archives dating back to the middle ages.

Space for about ten readers is available within a room containing the Marc Fitch Local History Collection and the Dyos Collection of works on urban history. Several thousand specialist volumes are available on a reference basis in the reading room and regular additions are made to ensure the collections are up to date. Recent additions include the Simon Littlewood collection, which includes material on advertising, engineering and architectural history.

There is an electronic catalogue covering the urban history collection.


Map room

An extensive collection of British maps at various scales is available and there are gazetteers, directories, lists of place name and similar reference works concerned with the physical features and built form of British towns and cities. There are a number of antiquarian maps too.


Topography library

This collection, also part of that left by Marc Fitch, includes general works on themes – transport, architecture, buildings, land and so on – as well as specialist works classified by county. This is an extensive specialist collection useful to those whose research interests can be identified with a particular area or region of the UK.


Seminar rooms

There are two seminar rooms available for graduate student classes. Both are well equipped with projection facilities and network connections.

Although most of the classes consist of groups of about 8-10 students, the seminar rooms in No.1 and No.5 Salisbury Road can be transformed to provide seating for up to forty delegates who may attend the seminars given by distinguished speakers. The programmes for the CUH Seminars can be consulted on-line. The seminar rooms are also used for the seminar programmes run by the Centre for English Local History and the School of Historical Studies.


Computer suite

A dedicated computer laboratory has been provided on the second floor of No.1 Salisbury Road for the use of doctoral and masters students and visitors. The laboratory is also used for limited undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.


Common rooms and kitchens

Often thought to be the core of any research centre, these facilities allow the more informal character of the CUH to flourish. Kettles, fridge and a microwave are amongst the most heavily used pieces of equipment in use in both buildings.

The Common Room and Kitchen in No.1 are on the first floor; in No.5 they are on the ground floor.


Postgraduate accommodation

The Centre for Urban History is able to offer office space and PCs for doctoral students. No.1 Salisbury Road contains offices for full-time doctoral students within the School of Historical Studies. The building also includes the computer laboratory and an office assigned for the use of MA students for quiet study.


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