The final phase of the project has now been completed, the evaluation submitted and this is our last official RC Sherriff project blog. However, do not despair! We will continue to mail out future Sherriff news and feature it our Surrey Heritage social media. You can follow us on Twitter @SurreyHeritage and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/surreyheritage

Front cover of Roland Wales’ new book From Journey's End to the Dam Busters: The Life of R.C. Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches, 2016 (Pen & Sword)

Front cover of Roland Wales’ new book From Journey’s End to the Dam Busters: The Life of R.C. Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches, 2016 (Pen & Sword)

One exciting forthcoming event is Roland Wales’ new biography of Sherriff, From Journey’s End to the Dam Busters: The Life of R.C. Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches (Pen & Sword) which will be launched at Surrey History Centre early next year. Details of the launch will be coming soon but the book is available to pre-order on Amazon. Roland has also set up a blog to accompany the book, which will feature Sherriff’s letters on the date they were written, one hundred years ago, see www.rolandwales.com.

Since January 2014 the project has achieved wonderful things, not least the full cataloguing of the Sherriff archives held at Surrey History Centre. You can find out all the outcomes of the project here. The project web page has links to all the RC Sherriff pages, online virtual exhibition, image gallery and the catalogue, which now has a dedicated search facility. The Sherriff collections also now appear on the Archives Hub, an online portal that gives details of archives held in higher education, specialist, local authority, business and other research archives.

Atmospheric image from the New Yorkproduction of Journey's End, c.1930. Five companies of British actors were performing the play simultaneously throughout the US that year. (SHC ref 2332/6/3/1/1)

Atmospheric image from the New York production of Journey’s End, c.1930.
(SHC ref 2332/6/3/1/1 Vandamm Studios)

One of the key outcomes of the project has been taking Sherriff’s experiences in the trenches to young learners and our newly created learning resource is now available online https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/rcs-schools/. The resource is free for schools to use and includes the script of the specially commissioned drama, ‘How Like It All Is’ by Roland Wales, which charts how Sherriff came to write Journey’s End and was performed at Kingston Grammar School last September.

And of course, new material for Sherriff is still being donated and discovered on a regular basis. This previously unknown photograph of Sherriff in the 3rd East Surrey Cricket Eleven, Dover, 1918, was recently spotted in a photograph album of the East Surrey Regiment.

3rd Bn cricket 11 at Dover (SHC ref ESR/4/2/3, p.16)

3rd Bn cricket 11 at Dover (SHC ref ESR/4/2/3, p.16)

Surrey Heritage would like to extend their sincere thanks to all who have been involved with and supported the project, from everyone who has given us extra information and their research on Sherriff, to those who have given us their memories of him – it’s been a wonderful and fascinating journey!

 

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