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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A Palaeography Primer: get started reading old handwriting

Thursday 7 May and Thursday 14 May, 10am - 12.30pm
  • A two week course for beginners in reading older handwriting, or those who want to refresh their knowledge. Working in detail through some examples from the 16th century (Secretary hand) to the early 18th century, we will discuss techniques for deciphering, interpreting the records and reference books. Including guidance on abbreviations, numerals and understanding Old Style dates.
  • £30 booked as a two week course, 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
07 May 2020 at 10:00am
until 14 May 2020 at 12:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Family History Online - CANCELLED

CANCELLED

Saturday 28 March, 10am - 12.30pm

  • 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.
  • Tickets: £15 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
28 Mar 2020 at 10:00am
until 28 Mar 2020 at 12:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Six Week Family History Course - CANCELLED

CANCELLED

Fridays (10am - 1pm): 20 March, 27 March, 3 April, 17 April, 24 April, 1 May

  • Run by professional genealogists and archivists this 6 week course will cover all you need to know to enhance your research as well as providing many tips of the trade. There will be opportunities to handle original historical documents, navigate online resources and importantly discover how and where to find less-known genealogical sources in a small, comfortable workshop environment.
    • 1) An introduction to family history - 20 March
    • 2) Crofts, Castles, Trades and Professions - 27 March
    • 3) Schools and Workhouses - 3 April
    • 4) Fighting Talk: An Introduction to Military Records - 17 April
    • 5) Mad, Bad and Sometimes Sad - 24 April
    • 6) Moving On: Immigration, Emigration & Transportation - 1 May
  • Tickets: £80 - booked as a complete 6 week course
  • Full course information (pdf)
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a
When
20 Mar 2020 at 10:00am
until 01 May 2020 at 1:00pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

'The Lives of Tudor Women'. A talk by Dr Elizabeth Norton

Saturday 7 March, 2pm - 3.30pm
  • On the eve of International Women's Day join us to learn more about women in the Tudor period.
  • The turbulent Tudor age never fails to capture the imagination. But what was it actually like to be a woman during this period? This was a time when death in infancy or during childbirth was rife; when marriage was usually a legal contract, not a matter for love, and the education of women was minimal at best. Yet the Tudor century was dominated by powerful and characterful women in a way that no era had been before. Join historian, Dr Elizabeth Norton, as she discusses the lives lived, or endured, by Tudor women from all levels of society.
  • Tickets: £5.
  • 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
07 Mar 2020 at 2:00pm
until 07 Mar 2020 at 3:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Chancery Records for Family and Local History. A talk by Susan T. Moore

Wednesday 26 February, 2pm – 3.30pm
  • The talk will introduce those who are new to Chancery records to the wonders and riches of these records, with tales from the records, and a practical guide on how to find and interpret them. These records can confirm relationships for as many as 4 generations and they can give a personal insight onto the characters of your ancestors. Where else would you learn that:
    • "Barbara goes up and down to persons' houses like a beggar"
    • "James is a poor idle drunken fellow and his children are naked and starving"
    • "Edward was a very odd sort of person"
    • "John was damned for a stingy niggardly fellow by Edward". Not all cases will be as colourful as this, but this is a source that you ignore at your peril!
  • After graduating from the University of St Andrews, Susan T. Moore has spent her working life in archives and libraries carrying out historical and genealogical research for clients, and now specialises in Chancery Proceedings and other legal records, particularly those in the period 1500 to 1800. Her clients include those writing biographies, local histories, or house histories, lawyers, churches, bodies such as the National Trust, and of course genealogists and family historians.
  • Susan is the author of "Family Feuds - An Introduction to Chancery Proceedings" and "Tracing Your Family History in the Courts of Equity". Susan is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a trustee of the British Association for Local History and an accredited member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA. Susan is also a member of the Friends of the National Archives, Society of Genealogists, Archives for London, Community of Specialist Researchers, and many family and local history societies.
  • Tickets: £5.
  • 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
26 Feb 2020 at 2:00pm
until 26 Feb 2020 at 3:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

'Oscar – A Life'. A talk by Matthew Sturgis for Surrey History Trust

Saturday 15 February, 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Join us as part of LGBT History Month to hear Matthew Sturgis discuss his acclaimed biography of Oscar Wilde and his links with Surrey. Matthew Sturgis is a writer with a deep knowledge of the late Victorian cultural world. He is the author of acclaimed biographies of Aubrey Beardsley and Walter Sickert, as well as Passionate Attitudes: The English Decadence of the 1890s. He has contributed book reviews to the TLS, art criticism to Harpers & Queen and football reports to the Independent on Sunday. Oscar: A Life is nominated for The Wolfson History Prize 2019.
  • Tickets: £10. Surrey History Trust Members: £5.
  • 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 Feb 2020 at 2:00pm
until 15 Feb 2020 at 3:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Woking's Forgotten Benefactor: The Story of William Hamilton and his Family. A talk by Richard Langtree

Saturday 8 February, 2pm - 3.30pm
  • William Frederic Tucker Hamilton was the last but one survivor of a branch of the Hamilton clan. His Hamilton line can be traced back to the 13th century but this story starts around 1650 with William's great-great-great grandfather John.
  • From Scotland to Sweden, Canada, America, Ireland, France, Holland, London, the Grand Tour to Italy, Woking and Cromer. The family had a distinguished military history, suffering a kidnap and ransom by native Canadian Indians, injury in action, praise from General Wolfe, one was a Governor in Nova Scotia, one a Knight, one held in favour by the Scottish Royal Family and through marriage had links with a Governor of Bermuda, a director of the East India Company, William Booth the founder of The Salvation Army and the friendship of the Duke of Wellington. The family was influential, and wealthy. William, though and to some extent his father, broke the family mould of military involvement and making money to become a Clergyman and spent his wealth for the benefit of others, especially in the new town of Woking in the late Victorian and early Edwardian period.
  • Richard Langtree was born in Woking in 1948. He joined Weymanns the coach builder in Addlestone as a draughtsman, when he left Goldsworth School (now the site of Surrey History Centre). He then worked for a Woking based company Neu Engineering for 12 years and later joined the family business Woking Glass Works. Now retired he enjoys Woking History Society and volunteering at the Lightbox where he is involved with local history.
  • Tickets: £5.
  • 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
08 Feb 2020 at 2:00pm
until 08 Feb 2020 at 3:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Uncrowned Queen - The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch. A talk by Dr Nicola Tallis

Saturday 25 January, 2pm - 3.30pm
  • Dr Nicola Tallis will reveal the life of an extraordinarily ambitious and devoted woman who risked everything to ultimately found the Tudor dynasty.
  • During the bloody and uncertain days of the Wars of the Roses, Margaret Beaufort was married to the half brother of the Lancastrian king Henry VI. A year later she endured a traumatic birth that brought her and her son close to death. She was just thirteen years old.
  • As the battle for royal supremacy raged between the houses of Lancaster and York, Margaret, who was descended from Edward III and thus a critical threat, was forced to give up her son - she would be separated from him for fourteen years. But few could match Margaret for her boundless determination and steely courage. Surrounded by enemies and conspiracies in the enemy Yorkist court, Margaret remained steadfast, only just escaping the headman's axes as she plotted to overthrow Richard III in her efforts to secure her son the throne.
  • Against all odds, in 1485 Henry Tudor was victorious on the battlefield at Bosworth. Through Margaret's royal blood Henry was crowned Henry VII, King of England, and Margaret became the most powerful woman in England - Queen in all but name.
  • Dr Nicola Tallis is a British historian who has worked as a curator, researcher and lecturer. Author of previous books: 'Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey' and 'Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester', Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Matriarch is her latest publication. Graduating from Bath Spa University with a first class History degree, she completed a MA in Public History at Royal Holloway College, University of London and has a PhD from the University of Winchester. She has previously lectured at the University of Winchester and worked with Historic Royal Palaces and the National Trust.
  • Tickets: £6. In partnership with Friends of Woking Palace.
  • 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 Jan 2020 at 2:00pm
until 25 Jan 2020 at 3:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Family History Course Reunion

Friday 17 January, 10.30am - 1pm
  • Have you taken a family history course or workshop at Surrey History Centre? If so come along to our reunion where they will be opportunities to catch up, swap tips and experiences with each other and gain advice from Surrey History Centre experts. There will also be a talk as detailed below and staff available to discuss the experience of DNA testing for family history and general family history advice. Tea, coffee and cake will be served.
    • Life and Labour in a County Village- or Learn to Love your Ag Labs!
    • A talk based on a study of a rural village on the Surrey/Hampshire border which reveals the often hidden lives of agricultural workers in the latter half of the 19th century. The talk focuses on the changes to agricultural life in general during this period, and also how these changes affected individuals and small communities. It also explores some of the many sources that can be used to discover more about agricultural labourers up to the outbreak of the First World War.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Tickets are free but please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
When
17 Jan 2020 at 10:30am
until 17 Jan 2020 at 1:00pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Make a Victorian Beaded Bauble

Wednesday 4 December, 10:15am - 4pm

Join us to create your own Victorian inspired beaded Christmas decoration. During this workshop, the tutor will help you step-by-step to create a beautiful festive bauble for you to take home. No experience necessary, all equipment included and refreshments provided. Lunch not included.

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
04 Dec 2019 at 10:15am
until 04 Dec 2019 at 4:00pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND