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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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

    The Delights and Dismays of Historical Biography

  • Saturday 10 March, 2pm - 3.30pm.
  • Talk with Jenny Uglow.
  • Jenny Uglow will discuss the challenges of historical biography, and her own experience of writing lives of subjects from the past - from Charles II and William Hogarth to Elizabeth Gaskell and, most recently Edward Lear - and considers the role of group biographies, like her work on the Lunar Society, and on the people of Britain during the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Tickets £10.
  • 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.
  • A Surrey History Trust event in support of Surrey Heritage.
  • When
    10 Mar 2018 at 2:00pm
    until 10 Mar 2018 at 3:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Wet and Windy - Free Half Term Activities

  • Tuesday 13 February to Saturday 17 February during normal opening hours.
  • Join us at the Surrey History Centre to discover the ways we have used wind and water for energy throughout the years with our free arts and crafts family drop in activities. Make your own windmill and watermill, take the quiz and much more!
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • When
    13 Feb 2018 at 9:30am
    until 17 Feb 2018 at 4:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    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