Surrey History Centre
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 - www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents
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
The Battle of the Somme - Illustrated Talk
- 26 May 2016 7:30-8:30pm
Join Doug Cox for this talk on The Battle of The Somme to members of Horley Local History Society on Thursday 26th May at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start at Horley Methodist Church, Victoria Road, Horley.
There is adequate car parking at the rear of the Church. Refreshments available. Visitors welcome for a nominal entry fee of £1 each.
For more information about the event or Holey Local History Society please visit their website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horley-Local-History-Society/280703285300096
Methodist Church School Hall
Visitors welcome for a nominal entry fee of £1 each.
Over the Top - Commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
- 1 July 2016 10am-3pm
‘OVER THE TOP’ - REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME AND WATCH FOOTBALL AT SURREY SPORTS PARK, GUILDFORD, 1 JULY 2016
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 email@example.com
- Family friendly
Surrey Sports Park University of Surrey
Richard Meyjes Road
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 www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road