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Rudolf Laban Archive


The Rudolf Laban Archive dates predominantly from the last 20 years of Laban's life, 1938-1958, the years he spent in England, although his earlier life and work are also represented. The majority of the files of papers are unpublished writings. Ranging from notes written in pencil to completed, typed book chapters, these materials show Laban charting new territory and taking his theories further than his published writings demonstrate.
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Bice Bellairs Collection of Revived Greek Dance

Bice (Beatrice) Bellairs was a student of Ruby Ginner in the 1920s and 30s, her name appears on several of the theatre programmes in the collection when she performed as a child dancer. In 1935 she set up her own school in London with a fellow student Pauline Grant - the Grant Bellairs School of Dance and Drama.
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Extemporary Dance Theatre Archive


The Extemporary Dance Theatre Collection contains the administrative and performance history of the company, from its origins in 1975, through to its disbanding in 1991. During this time Extemporary Dance Theatre occupied a key role within British contemporary dance, as well as making strong connections with performers and choreographers from America, the European Continent and Asia.
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Kokuma Dance Theatre Archive

Bob Ramdhami formed an informal 'jamming' group with a group of local youths in Handsworth, Birmingham in 1978. This was the origin of Kokuma Dance Theatre, later to become a full time professional company. The company's philosophy was consistent throughout their 22 years of development, making 'African dance more accessible to the wider community at large, and to encourage the development of positive attitudes to dance and movement based on African technique'.
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Natural Movement Archive


During the early 1920s, after working with Annea Spong, Madge Atkinson developed a system of dance which she called 'Natural Movement' and taught the technique in schools in Manchester and London. The Madge Atkinson School of Natural Movement was founded in Manchester in 1918 and it later became the Atkinson-Suffield School with Mollie Suffield as Atkinson's partner in 1921. This partnership ended and the School moved to London in 1936 where Atkinson opened her studio with Anita Heyworth, a friend and pupil.
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E H Shepard Archive

The collection consists of the personal documents remaining after Shepard donated drawings and sketches to the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Cartoon Archive: personal, business, and fan correspondence; personal and family papers; personal ephemera; copies of books he wrote or illustrated; appointment diaries; sketchbooks; photographs; pencil, ink, and watercolour drawings; oil paintings; manuscript material; press cuttings, sales catalogues, and magazines.
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Records of the University of Surrey


The archive contains records of the University of Surrey and its predecessor institutions and date from 1890-2015
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University of Surrey photographs

Since receiving its Charter in 1966, the University of Surrey has photographed its academic and social life and work. The photographs range from the construction of the campus in Guildford through to images of academic life, social, and cultural and sporting events. Cataloguing of this large collection continues and to date over 8,000 photographs have been catalogued and are available for research.
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Egmont UK Ltd Collection


This publisher’s collection contains original drawings for the colour editions of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories and The Wind in the Willows. In the early 1970s, E H Shepard hand coloured copies of the original black and white drawings for some of the titles and, later, artist Mark Burgess coloured for other titles and created new drawings. This artwork forms the bulk of the collection but there is also correspondence, books and a number of items of artwork from the original publisher Methuen.
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Remembering Battersea Oral History Project

This series of digital audio files and transcripts records the history of Battersea Polytechnic through the memories of former students. The alumni respond to questions covering a range of student experiences including social events, sports competitions, course content and memorable lecturers. These recordings span the history of Battersea College from the early days of the 1940s, through the creation of the University of Surrey and the move to Stag Hill in Guildford in the late 1960s to the modern university of the 21st Century.
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