Surrey Heritage

A member of the Spelthorne, Godalming, Cranleigh, Haslemere, Farnham, Camberley, Surrey Heath, Runnymede, Guildford, Surrey and Woking communities

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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Keeping us in Mind: Silences and Voices of the Epsom Cluster

The written memory of Epsom’s five Cluster hospitals is extensive and of major importance for the history of mental illness and learning disability throughout the twentieth century. As each hospital closed in the mid-1990s and the wards and corridors emptied of patients and staff, Surrey Record Office rescued vast quantities of their historic records. Now repaired, catalogued and preserved at Surrey History Centre, the admission, discharge and medical treatment registers, committee minute books, reports of the house steward, chaplain and nursing staff, architectural plans, photographs and newsletters all provide a rich research resource for anyone interested in the history of these large institutions. They are augmented by detailed medical records of the tens of thousands of people admitted to these hospitals with a very wide range of mental illnesses or conditions. Early case books – large, robustly bound heavy folio volumes - record in meticulous detail the medical history of each patient. If we are lucky, as we are with the case books of St Ebba’s and The Manor, we find a photograph of the patient pasted to the page and are presented with a haunting sepia image of a fragile person at a particular crisis point in their lives. In the early twentieth century when cameras were still a luxurious rarity, many of these patients, largely drawn from deprived areas of London, are unlikely to have ever entered a photographer’s studio. These may therefore be the only photographs that were ever taken of them. We look into their eyes and we read their stories but there is always something missing. Their voices are hidden behind the official record.

This is why ‘Keeping Us in Mind’ is so important and so timely. Over twenty years have passed since the hospitals fell silent and the microcosm of their institutional life became a memory. It is vitally important that the personal testimonies, stories and anecdotes of everyone touched by these hospitals are gathered and recorded before it is too late to ask. Kirstie Arnould and her colleagues in Love Me Love My Mind, assisted by a tremendous team of enthusiastic volunteers have successfully reached out into the community to ensure that the rich oral histories of former patients, nursing and administrative staff, entertainments officers, support workers and families is preserved alongside the surviving written record to enhance our understanding of the huge impact that the Epsom Cluster hospitals had upon so many lives across Epsom, London, and the wider world. Julian Pooley, Public Services and Engagement Manager.

Keeping us in Mind: Silences and Voices of the Epsom Cluster exhibition is on display throughout November at Surrey History Centre during normal opening hours. It then goes to Bourne Hall Museum from 30 November. If you would like to record an interview please email: keepingusinmind@outlook.com
When
06 Nov 2017 at 9:30am
until 29 Nov 2017 at 5:00pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Gruesome Grub - Free Half Term Activities

Join us at the Surrey History Centre to find out about the gross and gruesome foods of history and get creative with our free arts and crafts drop in family activities. Activities include; make your own craft pumpkin, create a revolting recipe, solve our gruesome puzzles and many more.

Activities are free but parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their children

Tuesday 24 October - Saturday 28 October during normal opening hours.

Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
When
24 Oct 2017 at 9:30am
until 28 Oct 2017 at 4:00pm

The Road to Passchendaele

The Road to Passchendaele is the next volume in the highly-regarded series of books from the best-selling First World War historian Richard van Emden. Once again, using the winning formula of diaries and memoirs, and above all original photographs taken on illegally-held cameras by the soldiers themselves, Richard tells the story of 1917, of life both in and out of the line culminating in perhaps the most dreaded battle of them all, the Battle of Passchendaele. The viscous mud in which these men fought has come to symbolise the horror of the Great War.

Richard van Emden has interviewed over 270 veterans of the Great War and has written nineteen books about it including The Trench, The Last Fighting Tommy and The Soldier’s War, (all top ten bestsellers), Boy Soldiers of the Great War, Prisoners of the Kaiser, and, most recently, The Somme. His books sales now exceed 650,000 copies. Richard has worked on more than twenty-five television programmes on the Great War, including Britain’s Last Tommies and the award-winning Roses of No Man’s Land, Britain’s Boy Soldiers, War Horse: the Real Story and Hidden Histories: WW1's Forgotten Photographs.

  • Saturday 11 November, 2pm - 3.30pm.
  • The Surrey Heritage Annual Lecture with Richard van Emden.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • £5 includes refreshments.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • When
    11 Nov 2017 at 2:00pm
    until 11 Nov 2017 at 3:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Hot Off The Press: Digital Newspaper Archives and Local History

    Surrey Local History Committee and Surrey Heritage present:

    • 10.45 Registration and coffee
    • 11.15-12.00 Dr Gerry Moss, Surrey Archaeological Society

      Local History from Digital Newspapers
    • 12.00-12.30 Seth Cayley, Gale Cengage Learning

      The 17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspaper Collection: A New Digital Resource
    • 12.30-1.00 Julian Pooley, Surrey History Centre

      ‘A Copious Collection of Newspapers': John Nichols and his Collection of Newspapers, Pamphlets and News Sheets, 1760-1865
    • 1.00-2.00 Lunch
    • 2.00-2.45 Dr John Price, Goldsmiths, University of London

      Stories of Splendid Heroism: researching gallantry using newspaper archives
    • 2.45-3.15 Juliet Warren, Surrey History Centre

      Surrey in the Great War: Creating and using newspaper indexes for Home Front Research
    • 3.15-3.30 Discussion, Tea and Close
    • Saturday 7 October, 10.45am - 3.30pm.
    • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
    • £10 includes refreshments. Please make your own arrangements for lunch.
    • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
    When
    07 Oct 2017 at 10:30am
    until 07 Oct 2017 at 3:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Explorers Through Time - Summer Holiday Family Activities

    Join us at the Surrey History Centre and become an explorer for the day. Discover the adventures of Surrey explorers and get creative with our free drop in arts and crafts family activities. Activities include; make your own binoculars, help spot the hidden animals, design your own map, solve our adventurous puzzles and many more.

    Activities are free but parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their children.

    Wednesday 2 August - Thursday 31 August during normal opening hours.

    Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND. Free parking onsite.
    When
    02 Aug 2017 at 9:30am
    until 31 Aug 2017 at 5:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Family History Online!

  • A workshop devoted to tips and techniques for exploring your family history using the many and varied sources available online. In addition to learning more about the large commercial websites such as Ancestry.com and Find My Past, we will also include information on using the Family Search website and hopefully introduce you to many wonderful free websites. We will also touch on how to share your information online and keep it secure.
  • £15 includes refreshments.
  • Saturday 18 November, 10am - 12.30pm
  • 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
    18 Nov 2017 at 10:00am
    until 18 Nov 2017 at 12:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Oral History Training

    Join Rib Davis, oral historian with over 30 years experience, and trainer in oral history across the UK and abroad for this informative training course on oral history.

    ◦10.00-10.10 Welcome and introductions

    ◦10.10-11.30 What is oral history? What it is, where it comes from, why we do it, some of the reservations people have about it and some of the issues around it

    ◦11.30-11.45 Break

    ◦11.45-1.00 Preparing for the effective interview: all aspects of the interview process(i)

    ◦1.00-1.40 Lunch

    ◦1.40-2.15 Preparing for the effective interview (ii)

    ◦2.15-2.50 Practical work: interviewing

    ◦2.50-3.15 Use/demonstration of equipment

    ◦3.15-3.30 Break

    ◦3.30-4.30 After the interview: legal and ethical issues, summarising, transcription, and archiving.• Thursday 19 October, 10am - 4.30pm.

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

    • £50 - tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day but attendees will need to make their own lunch arrangements.

    • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
    When
    19 Oct 2017 at 10:00am
    until 19 Oct 2017 at 4:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Surrey Heritage Showcase

  • Saturday 14 October, 10.30am - 2.30pm.
  • Join us for a day of FREE activities and exhibitions for all the family to discover more about your local heritage and meet the people who make it happen!
  • Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AS.
  • When
    14 Oct 2017 at 10:30am
    until 14 Oct 2017 at 2:30pm
    Where
    Cranleigh Art Centre
    1 High Street
    Cranleigh
    GU6 8AS

    Black Poppies - Britain's Black Community and the Great War

    Stephen Bourne presents an illustrated talk about his book Black Poppies which has beenpublished by The History Press to coincide with the centenary of the First World War. Entertaining and informative, Black Poppies explores the military and civilian wartime experiences of black Britons, from the trenches to the music halls. For Black Poppies Stephen received the 2015 Southwark Arts Forum Award for Literature.

    Saturday 16 September, 2pm - 3.30pm.

    Talk and book signing with Stephen Bourne.

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

    Tickets are free but booking is essential.

    Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

    Please bring cash if you would like to purchase the book.
    When
    16 Sep 2017 at 2:00pm
    until 16 Sep 2017 at 3:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    The Rise and Fall of the English Switzerland

    Hindhead was once known as a bleak and dangerous place, best avoided. From the mid-nineteenth century that reputation began to change. Its Romantic isolation, idyllic beauty and reputation for clean air, attracted writers, artists, scientists and other eminent Victorians. It was re-invented as The English Switzerland and from about 1875 to 1905 it flourished as a bohemian retreat and health resort. But Hindhead became a victim of its own success. Its popularity with increasing numbers of property developers, new residents, hotel owners and tourists caused its downfall. It was no longer desirably tranquil and exclusive and people moved elsewhere.

    Thursday 22 June, 7pm - 8.30pm.

    Talk with Dr Marion Dell.

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

    £5 includes refreshments. Free for all members of Surrey History Trust.

    Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
    When
    22 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm
    until 22 Jun 2017 at 8:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND