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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Family History Online! Saturday 22 July, 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.
  • £15 includes refreshments.
  • Saturday 22 July, 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
    22 Jul 2017 at 10:00am
    until 22 Jul 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
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    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
    22 Sep 2017 at 2:00pm
    until 22 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

    Stand and Deliver! Highwaymen Tales - Free Drop In Family Activities

    Tuesday 30 May - Saturday 3 June during normal opening hours.

    Join us at the Surrey History Centre as we explore the lives of highwaymen and women and get creative with our free arts and crafts family drop in activities. Make a highwayman's hat and mask, come up with your own highwayman name, search for highwayman words in our quiz and much more!

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

    Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children.
    When
    30 May 2017 at 9:30am
    until 03 Jun 2017 at 4:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Loyal To Empire: The Life of General Sir Charles Monro, 1860-1929

    General Sir Charles Monro is perhaps the least known of all the senior commanders of the First World War, yet he commanded at divisional, corps and army level on the Western Front. He was also responsible for the high standards of shooting achieved by the British Army in 1914 and was the general who said that the British should withdraw from Gallipoli. In addition, he was commander-in-chief of India from 1916-1920 at a critical time. Locally, he joined the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment and became their Colonel. His personal albums are held at the Surrey History Centre.

    Wednesday 10 May, 11am - 12.30pm. Talk and book signing with Patrick Crowley.

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

    £5 includes refreshments. Free for all Surrey Heritage (including Surrey in the Great War) volunteers.

    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
    10 May 2017 at 11:00am
    until 10 May 2017 at 12:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Surrey History Centre Open Day

    Go behind the scenes of the Surrey History Centre at this unique event where we will be showcasing some of our fascinating collection. We'll also highlight the important and varied work we do to celebrate and preserve the history of Surrey, and there will be chances to go on tours of the building where you will discover we have 6 miles of shelving in our strongrooms, housing documents dating back to the 12th Century!

    Did you know we look after treasures such as papers of author Lewis Carroll and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, Tudor letters of the More-Molyneaux family of Loseley, letters signed by Henry VIII and Lady Jane Grey, hundreds of postcards of Surrey, records of the Surrey infantry regiments, archives of the piano makers, Broadwood and specialist vehicle manufacturers, Dennis… and more!

    Saturday 13 May, 11am - 3.30pm.

    Tours at: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm (no need to book). Family activities will also be provided and there will be a book sale.

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

    In support of Woking & Sam Beare Hospice. Free entry but donations are appreciated.
    When
    13 May 2017 at 11:00am
    until 13 May 2017 at 3:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Animal Antics - Free Half Term Activities!

    Join us for February half term as we learn about the role of animals in Surrey's past and get creative with our free drop in family activities. Activities include; create a new species of animal, make your own animal mask, design the animals' circus outfits, solve the zebra's stripy puzzle, make a puppet farm and many more.

    Parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their children.

    Tuesday 14 February - Saturday 18 February during normal opening hours.
    When
    14 Feb 2017 at 9:30am
    until 18 Feb 2017 at 4:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Roadq
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    *An absolute must for family historians!* 6 Week Family History Course

    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.

    £60 – booked as a complete 6 week course.

    Autumn 2017 (10am–1pm): 22 September, 29 September, 6 October, 13 October, 20 October, 27 October.

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

    Please book a place online at www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

    Full course information can be found on the website.
    When
    10 Mar 2017 at 10:00am
    until 27 Oct 2017 at 12:00am
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND