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.

The new bridge named ‘Shepard’s Crossing’ in honour of the renowned illustrator E.H.Shepard

Although originally from London, Shepard lived in Guildford and the surrounding area for over 50 years, so he was a long-time local resident. The University’s formal association with Shepard began in 1974 when, at the age of 95, he was thinking about his legacy and placing parts of his collection of private items and professional work with appropriate institutions.  He donated a large part of his personal materials including artwork, correspondence, diaries, sketchbooks and memorabilia to the University for the benefit of education and research and this now forms the E.H. Shepard Archive looked after by our team in Archives and Special Collections. We have further collections linked to Shepard. Find out more

The opening event was attended by The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Marsha Moseley, three generations of Shepard’s female descendants and a range of staff from across the University.

The Mayor of Guildford, Shepard family and members of the University on the new bridge

The opening was marked by several competitive rounds of Poohsticks, with participants eager to see if their stick appeared first ….

… and we proved that even grown men from our Executive board and senior management staff are still enchanted by the game!

Steve Wells (Director of Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services), Osama Khan (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education) and Paul Johnson (Director of Library and Learning Services) ready to play Poohsticks

The Archives and Special Collections team have built a strong relationship with The Shepard Trust and family over many years and we are proud that they are committed to the University of Surrey as the right place and people to continue to develop the Shepard collections.  We are expecting a further large deposit from The Shepard Trust later this year and look forward to discovering more exciting treasures in this collection.

Helen Roberts, Archives and Special Collections Manager with James Campbell, chair of The Shepard Trust, and Shepard family members Minette Hunt (granddaughter), Arabella Campbell (great granddaughter) and Marina Campbell (great-great granddaughter)

Photos: Paul Stead