Connections between Collections

University of Surrey Archives and Special Collections have four distinct collecting strands: The institutional archives of the University of Surrey and its predecessor Battersea Polytechnic The archives of the National Resource Centre for Dance consisting of collections relating to movement theorists, choreographers, dancers, teachers and companies Collections related to the illustrator E. H. Shephard containing […]

Nursing Ethics Heritage Collection

In 2016 Archives and Special Collections were approached by our colleagues at the International Care Ethics Observatory regarding a set of early 20th century nursing ethics books.  Intrigued, we asked for further information.  The result is the Nursing Ethics Heritage Collection, the catalogue for which was formally launched at the Fulbright Scholar talk here at […]

Battersea Polytechnic in pictures

We are excited to say that, thanks to the hard work of Richard, one of our volunteers, photographs of Battersea Polytechnic and Battersea College of Technology are now catalogued and the records are available on our online catalogue. The photographs are an interesting mixture of buildings, academic departments and laboratories, and Battersea’s people including staff, […]

The archive of Geraldine Stephenson (1925-2017) Dancer, choreographer and movement director

The catalogue of the Geraldine Stephenson archive is complete and can be browsed and searched through our Archives and Special Collections catalogue here. The archive spans from the late 19th century until 2008, and covers the life and career of Geraldine Stephenson (1925-2017), an eminent dancer, movement director and choreographer. Stephenson was trained by renowned […]

Cataloguing the Geraldine Stephenson Archive

Kelly Burchmore has recently joined the Archives & Special Collections team as Temporary Project Archivist to catalogue the Geraldine Stephenson Archive. This blog describes her progress so far… Born in 1925, Geraldine Stephenson was a student protégé-turned-colleague of Rudolf Laban, and became an eminent choreographer in her own right. Her collection is currently being catalogued […]

Serendipity in the Archives

As the National Resource Centre for Dance (NRCD), we collect, preserve and make available materials that represent a wide range of theatrical, educational, and theoretical dance development. Included in our holdings is various material relating to the Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931). Items include photographs, ephemera and rare published works on the ballerina. Surprisingly, […]

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