Heritage Open Days – Heritage & Sculpture Trail

As part of our offering for Heritage Open Days 2023, University of Surrey Archives & Special Collections are excited to launch our new Heritage and Sculpture Trail. The theme for this year’s Heritage Open Days is Creativity Unwrapped, and with this new self-guided walking trail we want to showcase some of the highlights of the University Sculpture Collection.

Along the walking route you will get to see a wide range of artworks and installations, many of them incorporating elements from the University’s history, contemporary campus life, and our local links to the county of Surrey. Our digital trail guide includes information on the featured artworks, instructions for following the trail, and estimated walking times.

Download our trail guide below to plan your visit!

Our Heritage & Sculpture Trail is one of several activities we are running for the Heritage Open Days campaign this year. On Saturday 9 September our team will be presenting E.H. Shepard: Beyond the Bear, a public talk and collections display on the life and work of the famed illustrator E.H. Shepard, whose archive is held at Surrey. Throughout the Heritage Open Days festival we will also be releasing videos for our new collections care series, What’s In The Box? Behind the scenes at the University of Surrey Archives & Special Collections – keep an eye on our blog for further updates!

Visitor Information & Accessibility

Our Heritage & Sculpture Trail starts from the Austin Pearce Piazza on Stag Hill Campus (what3words – force.work.system). The Piazza is served by local Stagecoach bus routes 1 and 9, and there is also a visitor car park directly opposite (please note: there is a pay & display charge for parking during the working week). Please visit the University’s travel pages for further information on visiting campus.

The University of Surrey’s Stag Hill campus is built on a hilly landscape, and some of the older parts of campus lack step-free access. Although this self-guided trail is designed as far as possible to be accessible to wheelchair users, it is not possible to provide close-up access to all of the individual artworks, some of which are only accessible via steps or over uneven terrain. Where there are barriers to access to specific works of art, these will be indicated in the digital trail guide. Visit our Accessibility Information web pages for further information.

If you have any difficulties downloading or using the trail booklet, please contact us at archives@surrey.ac.uk.

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