Tis the Season

As we have made it to that time of year again where everywhere looks that much prettier in the twinkling Christmas lights, and everyone is filled with seasonal good cheer it seems apt that the University Archives delve into its records.

This is a blog of few words and many images.  Please enjoy looking at just a selection of the ways in which the University of Surrey has celebrated during this festive time throughout its history.

Please note, the research room will be closed  Friday 19th December – Tuesday 13th January 2015.  We hope to see you all again in the New Year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at the University Archives.



Examples of the many themed evenings that were held in the teaching restaurant:


Menu for “A Country Manor Christmas” 8 December 1988

Teaching Restaurant Menu "A Country Manor Christmas"" 8 December 1988 (ref D1/1694/1)         Teaching Restaurant Menu "A Country Manor Christmas"" 8 December 1988 (ref D1/1694/1)

Reference: D1/1694/1


Teaching Restaurant Menu – “The Nutcracker Suite” 9 December 1988

Teaching Restaurant Menu - ""The Nutcracker Suite"" 9 December 1988      Teaching Restaurant Menu - ""The Nutcracker Suite"" 9 December 1988

Reference: D1/1694/1


 Teaching Restaurant Christmas Menus cards

D1-1694-1(002    D1-1694-1(001

Reference: D1/1694/1


We also have handwritten notes made by those in the Teaching Restaurant:

Handwritten function and menu notes for Staff Christmas Party December 21 1987

Reference: D1/1694/8


The University also has had variety of arts events during this festive period:

Publicity leaflet for The Christmas Dance Show presented by the Department of Dance, Film and Theatre on 17/18 December 2010


Reference D1/198/14


A Selection of way the Student Publications have chosen to celebrate the festive season:

Bare Facts Magazine – the precursor to The Stag, produced 1969-2008.

BI2/1    BI2/1


Battersea Polytechnic Magazine, December 1920 includes a lovely poem about Christmas





And one final piece of festive fun from the archives.



The Library Christmas Entertainment – amateur dramatics produced for Library staff by Library staff.  Including shorts plays and new versions of classic carols with a library themed twist.



C2-613-7(003    C2-613-7(002      C2-613-007

Reference C2/613/7



Merry Christmas