The Training Restaurant, Silver Service and Napkin Folding!

We have recently installed a new display in our research room cabinet that features items from our collection of restaurant silver, used either in the Training Restaurant at the University of Surrey, or at our predecessor institution Battersea Polytechnic (renamed Battersea College of Technology in 1957). The display also includes photographs and publications relating to […]


International Women’s Day 8 March 2022

For this year’s International Women’s Day we are exploring the stories of some of the women who feature in our Battersea Polytechnic postgraduate dissertations and thesis collection. Battersea Polytechnic was our predecessor institution, founded in 1891 and formally opened in 1894 with six main departments: Mechanical Engineering and Building Trades Electrical Engineering and Physics Chemistry […]


New online catalogue for the archive of the British Guild of Travel Writers – insights from the Project Archivist

Originally, the project to catalogue the British Guild of Travel Writers’ Archive started in March 2020, with its completion designed to coincide with the Guild’s sixtieth anniversary celebrations. However, Covid interrupted that plan and we had to pause for quite some time, but cataloguing is now complete, and the catalogue of the archive is now […]


Christmas in the E.H. Shepard Archive

As we approach the winter vacation our thoughts turn to warming ourselves by a roaring fire, indulging in comforting food and spending time with friends and family. All these themes can be found in our E.H. Shepard Archive and we are delighted to share some seasonal highlights from the collection with you. E.H. Shepard served […]


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