The value of scrapbooks

Carefully compiled by their creators, scrapbooks can be very revealing. They can be informative, commemorative, and aesthetic, and give an impression of the owner as well as providing insights into a subject through the items they have preserved. We have a number of scrapbooks in our collections which show how varied they can be.   Henry […]


It is exam period at the University of Surrey which has prompted us to take a look at some of the related material we hold in the archives. Whilst current students may look at exam papers from the last few years to see what kind of questions might come up for them, exam papers from […]

Connections between Collections

University of Surrey Archives and Special Collections have four distinct collecting strands: The institutional archives of the University of Surrey and its predecessor Battersea Polytechnic The archives of the National Resource Centre for Dance consisting of collections relating to movement theorists, choreographers, dancers, teachers and companies Collections related to the illustrator E. H. Shephard containing […]

Nursing Ethics Heritage Collection

In 2016 Archives and Special Collections were approached by our colleagues at the International Care Ethics Observatory regarding a set of early 20th century nursing ethics books.  Intrigued, we asked for further information.  The result is the Nursing Ethics Heritage Collection, the catalogue for which was formally launched at the Fulbright Scholar talk here at […]

Battersea Polytechnic in pictures

We are excited to say that, thanks to the hard work of Richard, one of our volunteers, photographs of Battersea Polytechnic and Battersea College of Technology are now catalogued and the records are available on our online catalogue. The photographs are an interesting mixture of buildings, academic departments and laboratories, and Battersea’s people including staff, […]

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