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My Leicestershire Digital Archive

MACE has a collaborated with the University of Leicester Library, the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) and a number of Leicestershire history organisations to produce a free and fully searchable online repository of photographs, films, sound recordings, and books about the history of Leicester and Leicestershire - My Leicestershire Digital Archive.

My Leicestershire

The project has been funded by JISC (a committee of the higher education funding councils).

The My Leicestershire Digital Archive holds a wide variety of digital materials:

  • 120 Leicestershire oral history interviews recorded between 1980 and the present, including local working class and women's histories, covering subjects such as public health, housing, politics, the world wars and education in the first half of the 20th century.
  • 100 BBC Radio Leicester investigative journalism programmes from 1970-1990 covering news topics of the day such as local elections and politics, law & order, planning and development, immigration, housing, education, and industrial relations. 
  • A private collection of photographs 50+ advertisements painted on walls (Ghost Signs of Leicestershire).
  • A private collection of 450+ photographs of cottages, churches and bridges in Leicestershire, and many architectural drawings of lost Victorian Buildings such as factories, chapels, shops, schools, villas, railway stations, gaol, theatres, pubs etc. 
  • 49 Leicestershire local and trade directories (1750-1919) migrated and loaded from the Historical Directories Digital Library. 
  • A collection of 19 rare books on Leicestershire, dating from 1720 to 1865 from the UoL Special Collections including: 
  • The history and antiquities of the county of Leicester by John Nichols, 1795 - 1811
  • The description of Leicestershire: containing matters of antiquity, history, armoury, and genealogy by William Burton, 1777. 
  • Sketches in Leicestershire: from original drawings, with historical and descriptive notices by J.F. Hollings, 1845.

MACE have provided 32 videos covering the period 1920 to 1986 on various topics related to the history and culture of Leicestershire. Some of these video clips, such as City of Contrasts, are not available on this website.




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