Happy 95th Anniversary Winnie-the-Pooh

95 years ago today, Winnie-the-Pooh came “bump, bump, bump” down the stairs to begin his adventures with Christopher Robin and other friends in the 100 Aker Wood. Illustrations of ‘Edward Bear’, a prior manifestation of the bear who became Winnie-the-Pooh, first appear in the 1924 book of poems by A.A. Milne When We Were Very […]


Shepard’s Crossing – new bridge on campus named in honour of illustrator E.H. Shepard

On Thursday 16 September, a new bridge on campus was inaugurated and we are delighted it has been named ‘Shepard’s Crossing’ to celebrate the connection between E.H. Shepard, the University and local area. The bridge spans a stream between the lake and pond above it and was designed by the University’s building surveyor Perry Petworth. […]


Heritage Open Day 2021: Catering Trade Crisis (1949) to Hospitality Industry Happiness (2021) part 3

Silver service gives way to gold standard food thanks largely to 5-star management education From the vantage point of 2021 the English attitude to food in the early and mid-20th century may seem strange – or even backward. But beware of judging harshly: Only those over 85 years of age have any memories of the […]


Heritage Open Day 2021: Catering Trade Crisis (1949) to Hospitality Industry Happiness (2021) part 2

Silver service gives way to gold standard food thanks largely to 5-star management education A crisis is rarely solved quickly and education is always a long-term solution. The problems underlying the hotel and catering industry were deep-rooted. Factors included: Class The privations of the first half of the 20th century: The First World War The […]


Heritage Open Day 2021: Catering Trade Crisis (1949) to Hospitality Industry Happiness (2021) part 1

Silver service gives way to gold standard food thanks largely to 5-star management education Question: Is food the most important ingredient in a meal? Answer: not in mid-20th century England! Historically, English food has had a mixed reputation. This is partly due to our cool-temperate climate which favours good plain produce such as meat, dairy […]


Heritage Open Day 2021: Edible England

Archives and Special Collections look after and provide access to collections of unique and rare material. These include: The institutional archive of the University of Surrey and its predecessor Battersea Polytechnic, founded in 1891 (renamed Battersea College of Technology in 1957). The archive reflects 125 years of organisational activity and records changes to academic and […]


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