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 […]


Battersea Dissertations: Research outputs from 1922 onwards!

In 2018 I was approached by a colleague in the University Library who said “Did you know that the Library’s collection of postgraduate dissertations includes ones written by Battersea students?”.  This was the start of an interesting conversation, because, although I was aware that Battersea students and staff had carried out research work, and indeed, […]


A new home for the Nursing Ethics Heritage Collection

Today we waved off the Nursing Ethics Heritage Collection to its new home in the Special Collections at University of Exeter. It is unusual in the Archives world to move a collection to a different repository unless there are exceptional reasons to do so. After much discussion, deliberation, and assessment, we agreed that University of […]


A discovery and a mystery

Imagine our excitement in December when we were contacted by the Collections Officer at Winterbourne House and Garden in Birmingham to say that they had a first edition of Drawn from Life by E.H. Shepard. The book had been donated for reselling as part of their second-hand book stock but they thought it might better […]


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