Archives and Special Collections

Leicester Mercury Archive

About the Collection

The Leicester Mercury Archive at the University of Leicester now comprises the following sequences of material:

  • Photographic prints organised by subject
  • Cuttings files organised by surname and subject
  • Administrative material

The collection covers events reported from the 1960s-1990s only, and does not include copies of the newspapers themselves. Much of the collection is not fully listed or catalogued, but work to improve access is ongoing.

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-1990s 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.


If you are interested in seeing full copies of the newspaper then please contact the Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, who hold back copies on microfilm. Members of the University Library can access 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.

The picture negatives of the Leicester Mercury have been transferred to Reach PLC (formerly Trinity Mirror Group) and you can contact them by phone on 020 7293 3700 or email if you are looking for a copy print and know roughly when the photograph was taken.

If you are interested in accessing the cuttings library or prints arranged by subject which are held by the University, then please email or ring 0116 252 2056. This material is mostly uncatalogued and stored offsite so it may take a few days to determine whether we have anything that can answer your enquiry and retrieve the relevant boxes. If we have found something, you can book an appointment in our reading room to view the material.

Please note that the University of Leicester is not able to provide copies of extracts from specific editions of the Leicester Mercury or carry out date-based searches. The Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland may be able to help with enquiries of this nature.

We do not hold staff records for the Mercury.

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