Archives and special collections

We house over 60 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.

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Battersea Polytechnic in pictures

We are excited to say that, thanks to the hard work of Richard, one of our volunteers, photographs of...


The archive of Geraldine Stephenson (1925-2017) Dancer, choreographer and movement director

The catalogue of the Geraldine Stephenson archive is complete and can be browsed and searched through...

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Ground level, Library
University of Surrey