International Women’s Day: The Inspirational Beatrice Shilling

Whilst researching material for International Women’s Day I was delighted to discover that the University presented the pioneering engineer Beatrice Shilling with an Honorary Doctorate in December 1969. In her article ‘Embarking on an Engineering Career in the Twenties’ in the 1969 summer issue of the ‘The Women Engineer’ she details the difficulties of entering […]


Happy Birthday Rudolf Laban

Rudolf Laban was born on this day (15th December) 137 years ago, 1879, in Bratislava. Archives & Special Collections hold the personal archive of this man who holds so much significance to the study of movement internationally. He was a visual artist, dancer, choreographer, movement analysis, educator and theoretician. The collection holds a wealth of material […]


Picturing the past, looking to the future – 50 years of the University in Guildford

In 2016 the University Archives and Special Collections were generously awarded funding from the Alumni Department at the University of Surrey for the project ‘Picturing the past, looking to the future – 50 years of the University in Guildford’. The focus of the project is to catalogue and make available the extensive photograph collection of […]


Happy 137th Birthday Mr Shepard!

98 years ago today – 10th December 1918 – on his birthday and whilst stationed in Italy at the end of WWI, we know that E. H. Shepard spent time with American writer Ernest Hemingway. Shepard’s letters and manuscripts reveal that he met a young Hemingway, aged only 19, in Italy in 1918. Initially he met […]


The extraordinary Rudolf Laban and his hidden animals

One of the most prestigious, diverse and frequently consulted archives held by Archives & Special Collections is that of Rudolf Laban, now considered the 20th Century’s foremost movement theorist. Laban had a huge impact on not only dance, which he is best known for, but movement theory more generally with aspects of his approaches adapted and […]


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