Professor Lewis Elton

We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of the physicist and arts advocate Professor Lewis Elton. Professor Lewis Elton, 1979 (US/PH/2/5/247) Professor Elton was Head of the Department of Physics at Battersea Polytechnic from 1964 to 1970, and Professor of Higher Education at University of Surrey from 1970-1988, focusing on improving teaching and learning […]


Commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. To commemorate this centenary, Archives & Special Collections have curated a display of relevant material from our collections, including issues of Battersea Polytechnic magazine produced by students during and immediately after the War. Battersea Polytechnic magazines in our display cases As well as […]


Introducing a new member of the team

Our new Archivist (Public Services), Harriet Costelloe, has recently joined the team and shares her first impressions here… After nearly a fortnight in post I am starting to get to grips with my role in the Archives & Special Collections team here at the University of Surrey. Upon arriving I was immediately struck by how […]


Reflections on Summer Projects, June and July 2018, by Teresa Pilgrim

This summer I spent six weeks working in the University of Surrey Archives & Special Collections department assisting with completion of several projects which, for the most part, are the culmination of previous projects undertaken by volunteers to the archive, all of whom have given generously of their time and have contributed additional knowledge specific […]


Working with STARS students at University of Surrey

In May, Archives & Special Collections, working with learning development staff from the SPLASH team, piloted a new workshop drawing upon archives with STARS students.  These are 2nd and final year students who have been identified as high-achieving and a range of developmental support and workshops are offered to them to further enhance their learning […]


A new recruit to the Archives team and a whole lot of letters to read…

Danielle McCarthy has joined the Archives & Special Collections team for a three month placement as part of her MFA in Creative Writing, here at the University of Surrey.  Her work involves writing summaries of Florence Shepard’s correspondence to her husband, Ernest Shepard, during World War I to aid the discoverability of this unique material. […]


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