A tribute to Geraldine Stephenson

Having heard the sad news that Geraldine Stephenson passed away on Christmas Eve, 2017, we would like to pay tribute to a truly lovely lady who we had the pleasure to know and work with. Geraldine Stephenson (born c. 1925) was one of a core group of artists and apprentices who trained with Rudolf Laban […]


Journeys to the centre of the Archives …

In thinking about our collections and their care for Explore Your Archive week, it struck me that the journeys items take to get to the archive are diverse. University of Surrey holds a broad array of archives and special collections, from the University’s own institutional archive, to three collections related to illustrator E H Shepard, […]


Pest Hunting in the Archive

Earlier in the year I attended an extremely interesting and informative Integrated Pest Management (IPM) course at the British Museum to learn more about how to monitor and prevent pests in museum and archive collections. The course covered how to identify pest risks, how to monitor rodent and insect activity, pest identification and how to […]


Introducing Henry Mein’s books and scrapbooks

In the archives we have collections of different sizes. Some run for shelf after shelf and contain books, papers, journals, photographs, costumes… you name it!  Others are smaller, perhaps comprising some photographs, books and a small number of documents.  Likewise, some of our archives represent an organisation’s or a person’s work whilst others are material […]


Cataloguing Shepard Artwork

Sadly, by the time you read this, I will have finished my project to catalogue the new additions to the EH Shepard Archive. I have really enjoyed the last eight weeks, so thought I would provide an update on my progress. Following a survey of the collection, I ordered archival packaging for the new items […]


Welcome to Explore Your Archive Week!

Welcome to Explore Your Archive week on the University of Surrey Archives & Special Collections Blog! This week the team will be posting everyday on all things archival, from how we obtain, catalogue and package our collections, to how we continue to care for our collections regarding preservation, house keeping and pest management. Aside from blogging, […]


1 2 3 4 10