Leicester Mercury Archive

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

Leicester Mercury BalloonAbout 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.

Access and Enquiries

We can take requests for searches for the following types of enquiry:

  • Photographic prints organised by surname, 1960s-1990s
  • Newspaper cuttings organised by surname, 1960s-1990s
  • Photographic prints organised by subject, 1960s-1990s
  • Newspaper cuttings organised by subect, 1960s-1990s

Work is underway to arrange, re-package and catalogue the collection.  Due to its size and complexity, this work will take a considerable period of time to complete.

As individual items in the collection are not listed, we search the collection for relevant files to match your request; relevant files/items may not exist or it may not be possible to locate the material requested.

Owing to the way in which the collection is organised, we are unable to search by date or locate items which appeared in specific editions of the newspaper.

In order to allow sufficient time for us to undertake a search and as the collection is stored off-site,  please allow up to 3 days for us to deal with your request.

Further information on visiting Special Collections can be found on the Access, Hours and Contacts page.

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.

A comprehensive series of Leicester Mercury editions is held by The Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

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