Archives and special collections

We house over 100 collections to support study and research. Our collections are available to researchers, students and members of the public via our Research Room within the University Library and through our enquiry service. Anyone is welcome to visit us.

About Archives and Special Collections

Our collections include the University’s own institutional archive dating back to the foundation of Battersea Polytechnic in 1891, the collections of the National Resource Centre for Dance, several collections related to renowned illustrator E H Shepard (Winnie-the-Pooh and The Wind in the Willows) and a range of other subject-specific collections.


To be a professionally accredited archive service recognised and respected within education, research and heritage sectors and by the public. We will deliver outstanding service, excellent standards of collections care and discovery, collaborative and innovative approaches to engagement with our distinctive collections and enhance the University of Surrey’s mission and reputation.

We will be a continually improving service and be responsive to the need for change, creating meaningful experiences for people to discover, engage with and be inspired by heritage and develop knowledge.


Archives and Special Collections at the University of Surrey collect, preserve and make accessible distinctive archive resources related to the University’s history and a number of specialist subject areas. We manage our archives in accordance with professional standards and legislation and provide high quality services to everyone utilising these collections. We work collaboratively with a variety of partners and communities, within the University, locally and globally, to promote, engage with and learn about our heritage collections. All our work supports the University’s values, priorities and commitment to teaching and research excellence.

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