Surrey History Centre

Surrey History Centre
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Surrey History Centre collects and rescues archives and printed materials relating to Surrey's past and present, so that they can tell the story of the County and its people to future generations. We can help you discover your family history
learn about famous Surrey people, buildings, businesses and organisations
trace the history of your house, street, town or community
or research a school or university project. We are based in Woking, where you can consult original documents which date from the 12th century to the present day and refer to our collections of printed books, local newspapers, directories, maps, ephemera and illustrations.
Throughout the year, we host lots of events and exhibitions details of which can be found on our website -

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Normal opening hours:

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.30am - 5pm
Wednesday - 10.15am - 5pm
Thursday - 9.30am - 5pm
Friday - 9.30am - 5pm
Saturday - 9.30am - 4pm

Closed Mon Sun & bank holiday weekend Sat

Admission charges


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Remembering 1916

Remembering 1916 - Life on the Western Front

  • 1 April — 30 September 2016 *on now

To coincide with the centenary of the First World War, a major new exhibition, Remembering 1916 - Life on the Western Front, will showcase an outstanding range of original artefacts drawn from privates collectors, much of which has never been on public display. Visitors to the show will be able to engage with this unique collection of more than 400 items, ranging from uniforms and equipment , to photographs and personal memorabilia from British, French and German soldiers.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Whitgift Exhibition Centre
Haling Park
South Croydon


Tickets will be available for purchase on the door. Groups of 10 or more people may reserve tickets in advance, and school parties must pre-book.


Somme Exhibition

The Somme Art Exhibition

  • 22 June — 31 July 2016 *on now

Reflections on The Somme by contemporary art group: 'Acid Drop Copse'.


Honeywood Musuem
Honeywood Walk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Sutton in the First World War

Sutton and the First World War

  • 6 July 2016 8-9pm
  • 20 July 2016 8-9pm

22 June - From Sutton to the Somme - Andrew Arnold
Andrew Arnold looks at some of the men from Sutton and surrounding area who fought in the campaign, telling the stories against the backdrop of the battle.

6 July - Photographing the Fallen - Jeremy Gordon-Smith
A talk based on a booking Jeremy is currently writing about his war experience of his great great Uncle Ivan Bawtree who was a war graves photographer on the Western Front, and lived all his life in Sutton.

20 July - The Stones Cry Out - Jeff Richards
St Nicholas, like the other churches in Sutton, has a rich legacy of reminders of the lives destroyed by the four years and four months of fighting. Each of these monuments is more than simply engraved names and dates.


St Nicholas Church
St Nicholas Way

Over the top

Over the Top - Commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

  • 1 July 2016 10am-3pm


A unique football event occurs on 1 July 2016 at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford. It will commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme; 20,000 British soldiers were killed on that first day. One British Army unit, 8th Battalion The East Surrey Regiment, kicked footballs ‘over the top’ to encourage the troops to advance. One hundred years later, there will be 20 teams, military and civilian, male and female, adults and youth, playing each other and remembering the sacrifices made by local men from the south east of England. The event is being organised by the local Regiment (The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment), the Army Benevolent Fund and the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association. Civilian teams taking part include Aldershot Football Club, Guildford City, Chelsea, Southampton, Surrey Fire Brigade and Hampshire Police and military teams from Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, Pirbright, Aldershot, Cyprus and Germany.

Shahid Azeem, prominent entrepreneur, Chairman of Aldershot FC and an enthusiast for football in the community comments, ‘It is vitally important that the town of Aldershot, as home of the British Army, commemorates the sacrifices made by our troops. Football is our national sport and a huge part of military life and, as we saw in last year’s Game of Truce, played at our EBB Stadium, the game also played a major role in the First World War. This will be a fantastic event, as well as very poignant, and Aldershot Town are delighted to remember our fallen heroes by competing in their honour’. The Chief Executive of the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and Deputy Colonel of the Local Regiment, Colonel (Retired) Patrick Crowley comments, ‘We plan to commemorate the sacrifices made through the means of football fun and a commemorative ceremony. We also hope to raise some money for local Regimental benevolence and the Army’s Soldiers’ Charity’.

Come and join us at this fantastic and unique event! The football runs from 10 o‘clock in the morning to the final, due mid-afternoon. There will also be refreshments available and various stands to visit.

Point of Contact for further information: Fred Hughes

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Surrey Sports Park University of Surrey
Richard Meyjes Road

Tommy Atkins

The Somme Study Day

  • 2 July 2016 9:30am-4pm

To commemorate 100 years since the first day of the Battle of the Somme, join us for a series of fascinating talks, lectures and presentations by leading historians – a unique insight into the momentous events of 1916 which changed the course of history forever.

Includes a reading of First World War poetry and prose by Ian Cullen and Yvonne Keunet.

Programme for the day:
9.30 to 10.00 Wreath Laying at London Road memorial, local dignitaries in attendance. All welcome.
From 10.15 Coffee and registration.
10.45 to 11.30 First lecture by Pete Nyman, retired Head of History, Yateley School.
Arriving at the Somme putting the Somme into the context of the war up to the middle of 1916.
11.30 to 12.15 Dr. Mathias Strohn, Lecturer at RMA Sandhurst – mThe Germans on the Somme.
12.15 to 12.40 Imogen Middleton – Project Officer.
Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers. A talk on Surrey Heritage’s 4 year county-wide project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to uncover and share the stories of
people and places on the Home Front during the 1914-18 conflict.
12.40 to 1.00 Surrey Heath Museum and Somme exhibition. The local legacy of warfare – a talk on the current exhibition which explores the lives of the men who died locally in the Somme.
1.00 to 1.45 Buffet lunch.
1.45 to 2.45 Second lecture by Stuart Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in War Studies, RMA Sandhurst. The Somme Remembered – A lecture on the tactics of trench warfare, lessons learnt and the legacy of 100 years.
2.45 to 3.00 Coffee.
3.00 to 3.30 Murray Rowlands – Local military historian. And from the Empire – New Zealand at The Somme, the role they played at Flers in September 1916.
3.30 to 4.00 Ian Cullen and Yvonne Keunet – Ian is a local Councillor and both are professional actors. World War I and the Somme Remembered in Verse. The study day has been organised as part of Surrey Heath Museum’s ‘The Local Legacy of War’ exhibition (2 July to 27 Aug), for further information on the study day and the exhibition please visit the museum website –

Tickets: £15
Book via Camberley Theatre Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SY
Box Office: 01276 707600
Part funds for this event kindly donated by Surrey County Councillor, David Ivison
Ticket price includes buffet lunch and all refreshments.
Military book stall kindly provided by Waterstones. Presented in Partnership with Surrey Heath Museum.

SPECIAL OFFER – combined ticket for the Somme Study Day and the superb play Meet Tommy Atkins (Wednesday 29th June) for only £21. Please contact the box office for more information or to book the combined ticket.


Camberley Theatre
Knoll Road
GU15 3SY


Tickets: £15
Book via Camberley Theatre Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SY
Box Office: 01276 707600
Part funds for this event kindly donated by Surrey County Councillor, David Ivison
Ticket price includes buffet lunch and all refreshments.


The Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme Film Screening and Talk

  • 2 July 2016 1:30-5:30pm

This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and members of the First World War Centenary Partnership are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across the world. Surrey History Centre will be screening the Battle of the Somme 1916 film as part of this and Dr Emma Hanna (University of Kent) will also give a talk at the screening. Tickets are free but places must be booked online at, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.




Book cover

The War of the Worlds: from HG Wells to Orson Welles, Jeff Wayne and Steven Spielberg and beyond

  • 17 September 2016 2-3:30pm

Emeritus Professor of History at Kingston University, Peter Beck has lived in Horsell for over 40 years. A published author, his latest book, The War of the Worlds: from H.G. Wells to Orson Welles, Jeff Wayne, and Steven Spielberg and beyond, is due to be published in September 2016 by Bloomsbury. His Heritage Lecture by the same title explores Wells’ most famous book and how since its publication it has developed a life of its own – from book to radio programme, film and stage production.

Part of Wells in Woking celebrations.


Tickets are free but places must be booked online, at in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.


Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6ND




01483 518737

01483 518737


01483 518738

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