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. 

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.

How to search

The Leicester Mercury Archive is a large collection and work to catalogue it is ongoing. You can search catalogued series via our Archives Catalogue. To restrict your search to the Mercury collection choose Advanced Search and enter 'LMA' into the Document Reference Number field. 

How to access

Our rare books and archives are open to all and can be consulted in the Special Collections reading room. Find out how to book your place and order material or contact us for help locating material relevant to your research. Due to the volume of uncatalogued material in the Leicester Mercury Archive and its offsite storage location it may take us up to two weeks to answer your enquiry in full. 

Related material

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.

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