About Surrey Heritage

Surrey Heritage looks after the county's history. Our collection includes old newspapers, photographs, illustrations, family history records and even letters signed by Henry VIII. We use these items to bring history to life for all communities and ages from early years to adult learners. Anyone can use the archive at Surrey History Centre, just bring along a library card or some ID.

We hold lots of exciting events and exhibitions throughout the year, including our Annual Lecture and Heritage Showcase events.

Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6ND

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Early Modern Transcribathon

  • Saturday 14 July, 11.30am - 3.30pm.
  • Bring a laptop and get ready to transcribe some 17th-century manuscripts. Your transcriptions of manuscripts from our archives will be included in the Manuscript Pamphleteering in Early Stuart England (MPESE) project, run in partnership with the University of Birmingham, University of Bristol and the British Library. You will help make some rare and important material more readily available to scholars, students, researchers and anyone interested in the 17th century.
  • No prior experience of palaeography is required as we will take you through the basics of studying historical handwriting. Featuring prizes for transcription speed and accuracy.
  • Tickets are free but it is advisable to book early as places are limited.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre, or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided, but we recommend you bring a packed lunch as there are no cafes near the Surrey History Centre.
  • When
    14 Jul 2018 at 11:30am
    until 14 Jul 2018 at 3:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Surrey History Trust AGM and London and the Livery Companies: the story of the City

  • Monday 25 June, 6.30pm AGM and talk 7pm - 9pm.
  • Following the Surrey History Trust AGM Heather Hawker will give a talk 'London and the Livery Companies: the story of the City.
  • From Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and going through to modern times London's Freemen, Guilds and their successors, the Livery Companies, have shaped London and its unique form of governance. This dramatic history is documented in extraordinarily rich and varied archives. From Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and going through to modern times London's Freemen, Guilds and their successors, the Livery Companies, have shaped London and its unique form of governance. This dramatic history is documented in extraordinarily rich and varied archives.
  • Tickets are free and include refreshments but booking is essential.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • When
    25 Jun 2018 at 6:30pm
    until 25 Jun 2018 at 9:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Beginning your Family History

  • Saturday 7 July, 10am - 12.30pm.
  • This is Who Do You Think You Are for everyone! This talk aims to take you step by step through the basics of family history, where to start, what to do and most importantly, how you can get help and advice on what is bound to prove an exciting project. It will also include lots of time (and money) saving tips and ideas, and outline some of the ways to store and present your research. This talk is similar to week 1 on the 6 week Family History Course.
  • Tickets: £12.50
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • When
    07 Jul 2018 at 10:00am
    until 07 Jul 2018 at 12:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Surrey, Suffrage and the Arts: Past and Present

  • Saturday 19 May, 10am -1pm.
  • Mary Watts: Artist, Diarist, Suffragist - Lucy Ella Rose, Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Surrey. The 80th anniversary of Mary Watts's death coincides with the suffrage centenary this year. Drawing on her new book, Suffragist Artists in Partnership: Gender, Word and Image, Lucy's talk reveals Mary's little-known, yet central role, in the women's suffrage campaign in Surrey. A pioneering suffragist and President of the Godalming Branch of the NUWSS, Mary was a leading figure in local suffrage networks and also part of a much wider women's movement that paved the way for feminism.
  • Mary Branson, artist - New Dawn: Making a Monument (installation of the Suffrage window at the Houses of Parliament). Following a six month residency researching the archives of the Suffrage movement New Dawn, a contemporary light sculpture by local artist Mary Branson was unveiled in Westminster Hall at the Houses of Parliament. Celebrating all the individuals involved, viewers of the artwork stand in the footsteps of the women and men who came to Parliament to fight for women's right to the vote. Mary will speak about the residency, her research and development of this breathtaking artwork.
    • Programme
    • 10am-11am Dr Lucy Ella Rose, Lecturer in Victorian Literature, University of Surrey – Mary Watts
    • 11am-11.30am Coffee break
    • 11.30am-12.15am Mary Branson, Artist – New Dawn: Making a Monument
    • Question and answers and round up
  • This event has been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • Lucy Ella Rose is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Surrey and presents and publishes on Victorian literature, art, culture and feminism. Her collaborative doctoral award from the University of Surrey and Watts Gallery supported her research on neglected women in nineteenth-century creative partnerships. Lucy has worked extensively on the Mary Watts archive at Watts Gallery, Compton, and assisted the transcription of her diaries, revealing her pioneering role in the women's suffrage movement in Surrey. She has recently published her first book with Edinburgh University Press, Suffragist Artists in Partnership: Gender, Word and Image.
  • Mary Branson lives in Surrey and works out of a small studio in the countryside and in March 2014 became Artist in Residence at the Houses of Parliament, researching the archives of the Suffrage movement, with a brief to produce a proposal for a new permanent artwork for the Palace of Westminster. Mary is a practising artist of 16 years specialising in creating conceptual large scale installations, using sculpture, light and sound. Using familiar objects and materials, and experimenting with scale, light, colour and multiplicity, she form news environments that are stimulating, playful, and questioning of the existing polemics concerning art and the space it inhabits. Her projects can encompass elements of performance, photography, film and sound as forms of documentation. She also produces smaller scale works in glass, ceramics and print available on the Mary Branson website.
  • An online discount voucher for Lucy's new book Suffragist Artists in Partnership: Gender, Word and Image, will be available on the day. Mary will have limited edition New Dawn hand pulled prints to sell at £300 (for the suite of 8). Please bring cash or cheques on the day as no card payment facilities will be available.
  • When
    19 May 2018 at 10:00am
    until 19 May 2018 at 1:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Surrey Local History Committee Annual Symposium - The Changing Roles of Women

  • Saturday 21 April, 9.30am - 4pm
  • Surrey Local History Committee, a committee of Surrey Archaeological Society presents:
    • 9.30am Registration
    • 9.55am Chairman's introductory remarks
    • 10am Ros Black, local author and speaker

      Duxhurst, Lady Henry Somerset's Farm Colony for Inebriate Women
    • 10.40am Coffee and tea
    • 11.10am Carol Brown, Guildford Museum

      Surrey Women in the First World War
    • 11.50am A selection of short films from the Surrey History Centre's collection.
    • 12pm Linda Oliver, Archivist, Surrey Federation of Women's Institutes

      The History of the WI in Surrey
    • 12.40pm Lunch
    • 1.40pm Introduction to the afternoons session
    • 1.45pm Dr. Christopher Wiley, Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Surrey

      Dame Ethel Smyth, Ground-breaking Composer, Writer, and Suffragette'
    • 2.45pm Tea
    • 2.55pm Presentation of the Gravett Award
    • 3.00pm Holly Parsons, Project Officer, Surrey History Centre

      The March of the Women: Surrey's Road to the Vote
    • 3.40pm Chairman's closing remarks and close
  • Tickets: £12.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre, or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737. It is advisable to book early as places are limited.
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments are included. Please make your own arrangements for lunch. It is recommended to bring a packed lunch as there are no cafes near the Surrey History Centre
  • When
    21 Apr 2018 at 9:30am
    until 21 Apr 2018 at 3:45pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Woolly Wonders - Free Easter Drop In Activities

  • Spring has sprung! Join us at the Surrey History Centre and get creative with our free arts and crafts drop in family activities. Have a go at weaving, making a woolly sheep, colouring in and other springtime fun!
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • When
    04 Apr 2018 at 9:30am
    until 14 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Exploring Surrey's Past 10th Anniversary

    Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Surrey Heritage’s flagship website Exploring Surrey’s Past.

    We’ll highlight key pages showcasing the diverse range of themes covered online and also share stories of how the website has brought people together and provided a vital resource for Surrey’s history.

    Free event, refreshments provided

    RSVP: shs@surreycc.gov.uk
    When
    28 Feb 2018 at 5:00pm
    until 28 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    The untold story of the Roma Holocaust

    The award winning film ‘A People Uncounted’ will be shown on Holocaust Memorial Day in recognition of what was suffered by one of Surrey’s largest ethnic minorities, and its legacy today. This full-length (99 mins) feature film has been nominated for/won five awards internationally since it was made in 2012. Its UK premiere was held at the headquarters of Amnesty International in 2015. Members of Surrey Gypsy Traveller Communities Foru...m (www.sgtcf.uk/services) attended this, and the Forum has since bought the right to show the film to public audiences free of charge in the UK. Entry is restricted to adults because of the harrowing nature of the content.

    ‘A People Uncounted’ tells the story of the Roma, commonly referred to as Gypsies - people who have been both romanticised and vilified in popular culture. The Roma have endured centuries of intolerance and persecution in Europe, most notably the Holocaust genocide where an estimated 500,000 were murdered. This film documents their culturally rich yet often difficult lives, and demonstrates how their present state has been deeply shaped by the tragedies of the past.

    Filmed in 11 countries and featuring dozens of Roma - including Holocaust survivors, historians, activists and musicians – ‘A People Uncounted’ brings the Romany history to life through the rich interplay of their poetry, music, and compelling first-hand accounts. As ethnic intolerance flares up in Europe, this film sheds light on this unique culture while presenting the Roma tale as emblematic of the world’s legacy of racism and genocide.

    Closer to home, this film presents a powerful and thought-provoking challenge to what the Commission for Racial Equality has described as ‘The last acceptable form of racism’ in our own country. This is particularly significant in Surrey, which has one of the largest Romany Gypsy and Traveller populations in the UK.

    Here is a link to the five minute film made with and for Gypsies and Travellers in Surrey to explain about ‘Brighter Futures’: The Surrey Gypsy Traveller Communities Forum strategy to deliver equality of life chances for the children of their communities www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH6tmuix7Z4
    When
    27 Jan 2018 at 11:15am
    until 27 Jan 2018 at 1:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Hearts and Minds: the Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote

  • Saturday 24 March, 11am - 12.30pm.
  • Talk with Jane Robinson.
  • Drawn from diaries, letters and unpublished accounts, Hearts and Minds is the remarkable story of the Great Pilgrimage, a six-week protest march involving thousands of women which helped turn the tide in the long campaign for Votes for Women. As we celebrate the centenary of the vote with our March of the Women suffrage project, Jane Robinson sets the story of the march - which passed through Surrey - against the colourful background of the whole campaign.
  • Jane is a full-time author and lecturer who specialises in social history through women's eyes. Hearts and Minds is her tenth book, following the critically acclaimed Bluestockings and A Force to be Reckoned With. She grew up in North Yorkshire; read English at Somerville College, Oxford, then worked for ten years in the antiquarian book trade before leaving to bring up a family and to write. Her abiding passion has been book-collecting, ever since being banned from the local library at the age of seven for using a jam tart as a bookmark!
  • This event has been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • Jane will be selling and signing copies of Hearts and Minds on the day, price £20.00. Please bring the exact money or cheque.
  • When
    24 Mar 2018 at 11:00am
    until 24 Mar 2018 at 12:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Storage and Packaging Workshop

  • Thursday 15 March, 10am - 1pm.
  • Join Surrey Heritage’s Senior Document Assistant for an informative and practical workshop aimed at anyone wishing to learn more about caring for their archive. The workshop will include basic solutions and techniques which anyone will be able to tailor to their own collection.
  • The workshop will also cover:
    • Storage
    • Handling
    • Cleaning
    • Packaging
  • Please bring a paperback book with you to use during the session.
  • £30 includes refreshments.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • When
    15 Mar 2018 at 10:00am
    until 15 Dec 2017 at 1:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND