DMU Homecoming 2019

This weekend sees DMU’s first ever Homecoming event where all our alumni are invited back for a fun, activity packed celebration with the chance to catch up with old friends, reconnect with staff and explore the campus.

As well as access to the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and the Heritage Centre along with a host of sporting events there will also be a variety of stands showcasing what the university has to offer, including one from yours truly!!!

The Special Collections team will be there showcasing some of our fabulous items, such as prospectuses, student work, and photographs of campus and the local area. We hope the archival collection will trigger some fantastic memories which we look forward to hearing about.

As a sneaky peek for those who aren’t alumni or for those who can’t make it, here are some of the items that will be on display.


The school at this time offered many vocational courses connected with local industry such as boot and shoe manufacture and dress making.

Next up is one of our all-time favourites – maybe some you remember this one with its depiction of education as a platform game?

In terms of iconic prospectus covers, I’m sure many of our almni will remember this one inspired by the BBC’s Trials of Life presented by David Attenborough.
















There’s nothing like looking at old photographs of landscapes and building for sparking some nostalgia and memories so here are a few highlights:

The James Went building, not that architecturally popular while still standing, visiting alumni and previous staff love seeing photos of it. Demolished in the early noughties, Hugh Aston now stands in its place.

And finally, we couldn’t miss an opportunity to show the Kimberlin Library where I’m sure all our alumni spent many hours beavering away:


To conclude our alumni tour what better way than showing the students themselves hard at work during classes:

Art and Design students are now based in the Vijay Patel Building

Next we have an electronic engineering class.  The faculty of engineering is now housed in the Queens building, built in 1993.

Student volunteering schemes have always been a huge part of DMU’s commitment to the community and provide invaluable learning opportunities for students.For further information on current volunteering programmes see DMULocal, DMUGlobal and MyGateway

We hope to see lots of our alumni tomorrow but if you are not attending and would like to visit Special Collections, please do get in touch using our email: or if you would like to contribute to our Archives Appeal click here.

Happy Homecoming 2019 from the Special Collections Team

Stroud Cornock Remembered

Earlier this week, on the 26th of February, Professor Stroud Cornock passed away. Having worked for both the Leicester College of Art and Leicester Polytechnic, we felt we should share some of his achievements from his time at DMU’s predecessors.

Stroud was an accomplished artist and researcher and wrote several papers, one of which we hold in our collections: ‘Forms of Knowing in the Study of Fine Arts’. The article interrogates the difference between the study of the visual arts and the study of the verbal fields.

His role and some of the projects he was involved in as a professor at the institution are also detailed in various annual reports, including a paper he delivered to ERASMUS, in 1987, on visiting art schools in Holland, France and Germany which resulted in Leicester Polytechnic becoming one of the participating British art schools. If you would like to learn more about Stroud or his works click here for the obituary from his friends over at the Computer Arts Society.

FIS Skiing World Championships

The FIS Skiing World Championships are currently underway and we have already had some amazing performances from the British athletes. James Woods has walked away with a gold medal in the Men’s Freeski Slopestyle category and Charlotte Bankes has secured a silver medal in the Women’s Snowboard Cross. To celebrate we thought we’d showcase some of the fantastic photographs from the Ski Club GB Collection:

If you would like to see more of our Ski club collection and what else it has to offer, then please feel free to contact us to organise a viewing.