TRAVELLING EXHIBITION TEXT-AND-DESIGN_Final-Version_Part1Surrey writer Robert Cedric Sherriff (1896-1975) is famous throughout the world for Journey’s End, the greatest play in the English language to explore the experience of serving on the Western Front. Through this virtual exhibition you can discover more about Sherriff’s early life, his wartime experiences with the East Surrey Regiment, his literary career and his success with films such as Goodbye Mr Chips and The Dam Busters which made him the highest paid English scriptwriter in Hollywood.

This exhibition forms part of Surrey Heritage’s First World War commemoration project to celebrate Sherriff’s life and career. The project was generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with support from Surrey History Trust, Kingston Grammar School, The RC Sherriff Trust, and Curtis Brown.

Download a pdf (PDF) copy of the original exhibition panel.

Click on the links below to see the exhibition text and images:

The Man Behind Journey’s End

R C Sherriff’s Family Background

Sherriff and Kingston Grammar School

Sherriff and the Artists Rifles

Sherriff with the 9th East Surreys

The Genesis of Journey’s End

A Star is Born

The Making of a Playwright

The 1930s: Sherriff’s Golden Decade

Man of Letters: Sherriff’s Later Career

The Curtain Comes Down

A pdf (PDF) copy of the accompanying project leaflet giving details of the Sherriff collections held at Surrey History Centre can be downloaded here.

Click here to find out more about the RC Sherriff project.

Click here to read the RC Sherriff project blogs which delve deeper into Sherriff’s fascinating papers.

Click here to find out more about R C Sherriff and Journey’s End.

Sport, War, Hollywood and more – view an online gallery of 40 images from the Sherriff collections charting his life and works.

Explore the Sherriff Archive and Library Collections and finding aids.

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