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East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA)

The East Midlands Oral History Archive was originally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to establish the first large-scale archive of oral history recordings for Leicestershire & Rutland. This includes the collections of the former Leicester Oral History Archive, the Mantle archive from North West Leicestershire, the Community History …

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East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA)

Fairclough Portrait Collection

Mr A. B. R. Fairclough of Twickenham donated his collection of portrait prints and illustrations relating to 17th-century British history to the University of Leicester in 1970. The collection was assembled over 45 years, and had its beginnings in visits to second hand bookshops shortly after Fairclough left school in 1925. He acquired …

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Fairclough Portrait Collection

Ghost Signs of Leicestershire

A ghost sign is a hand-painted advertisement that has been preserved on a building for an extended period of time. Often found on the sides of houses and other buildings which stand at busy intersections. It was common for signs to be repainted with new designs periodically leaving the original artwork obscured. As the paints age and …

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Ghost Signs of Leicestershire

Gorrie Collection

A selection of political memorabilia of Archibald Gorrie (c.1885-1941) relating to the Labour movement in Leicestershire in the period c.1889-1909, specifically press cuttings, posters and selected items related to the Leicester Passive Resisters League. Gorrie became the branch secretary and benefactor of the Socialist League (Branch …

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Gorrie Collection

Historical Directories of England & Wales

A collection of digitised trade directories, part of the University of Leicester's Special Collections Online, covering England and Wales from the 1760s to the 1910s.

Please note that free text searching for names, towns, villages and occupations may prove difficult and time consuming. The site may also run slowly on occasion due …

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Historical Directories of England & Wales

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University of Leicester Special Collections Online provides free access to a series of digital resources from the David Wilson Library, including My Leicestershire History, Manufacturing Pasts, Historical Directories and other material from our collections of rare books and archives.

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