Leicester Mercury Archive

Photographic prints, negatives, cuttings files and other material from the newspaper library of the Leicester Mercury.

Due to collection moves we are currently unable to provide access to files from the Leicester Mercury Archive. Researchers requiring access to historic content from the newspaper can consult back issues on microfilm at The Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in South Wigston. We apologise for any inconvenience caused while we undertake essential work on the collection.

Leicester Mercury Balloon

About the Collection

The Leicester Mercury Archive has recently been deposited with the University. This extensive collection comprises 400 shelves of material, including the following sequences:

  • Photographic prints organised by surname and subject.
  • Cuttings files organised by surname and subject.
  • Photographic negatives, arranged in chronological order.

The collection covers events reported from the 1960s-1990s only, and does not include copies of the newspapers themselves.

The archive documents the history of Leicester and Leicestershire during the second half of the twentieth century. Prior to its transfer to the University, it formed a working newspaper library at the paper's offices in St George's Street. Until the mid-90s stories were cut from the paper on a daily basis and filed by subject for future reference. The print collection contains photographs printed for publication in the newspaper, many of which have been retouched or carry crop marks. Therefore, as well as providing a record of local events and personalities, the collection provides insights into the workings of a local newsroom during the late twentieth century.

Microfilm of the Leicester Mercury covering 1874-1900 and other local newspapers can be consulted on Floor 2 of the Library in the Blue Zone. See Historical Newspapers for further details.

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