Answered By: Jodie Hannis
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2016     Views: 76

The Leicester Mercury Archive (LMA) was recently deposited with the university and consists of cuttings, photographic prints and negatives, and other materials collected throughout the 1960s to the 1990s by staff at the Leicester Mercury offices. The collection is currently held in an external store and, as such, is not available to be browsed by the public.

Items in the archive are not individually catalogued (although work is underway to do this) but staff can search for relevant material when requests are made. If you think there is material in the archive you would like to look at you can make a request by contacting Special Collections on 0116 252 2056 or

We require the following information to efficiently process your request:

  • Your name and contact details
  • If you require paper cuttings, photographic prints, or both
  • Surnames to be searched
  • Subjects to be searched

The collection is organised under surnames and subjects. A request looking for newspaper cuttings about a Mr Harry James Potter during the 1980s, for example, might be successful. Requests concerning what was on the front page on 31st July 1980, for example, would not be successful.

It should be stressed that the archive is not a complete collection of the Leicester Mercury papers, nor do we hold cuttings or photographs of everything that was ever printed in the paper.

Please allow up to 3 days for a request to be dealt with. Once material has been found, it must be consulted by appointment in the Kirby & West Special Collections Reading Room which is open 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday.

Microfilm of the Leicester Mercury covering 1874-1900 can be consulted on Floor 2 of the Library in the Blue Zone, under Shelf Mark MF PER 942 L3160. A comprehensive series of Leicester Mercury editions is held by The Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

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