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.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Tues Wed Fri 0930-1700
Thurs 0930-1930
Sat 0930-1600

Closed Mon Sun & bank holiday weekend Sat

Admission charges


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.
Family Wedding Photo

Family History Course - Research made easy!

  • 6 June 2015 10am-1pm

Surrey History Centre’s very successful Family History Course is back for 2015! 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.

1) An introduction to Family History
2) Crofts, Castles, Trades and Professions
3) Schools and Workhouses
4) Fighting Talk: An Introduction to Military Records
5) Mad, Bad and Sometimes Sad
6) Moving On: Immigration, Emigration & Transportation

For more information about each session and to book visit:

Tel: 01483 518737 Email:

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


Thursday dates: £60 (can only be booked as complete 6 week course)

Saturday dates: £15 per individual session


Historic High Street

Historic High Street - Free Half Term Drop In Activities!

  • 26 — 30 May 2015

Come along to the Surrey History Centre and learn about Surrey’s high streets in the past!

Fun activities include: Create your own pop up street with its own special characters Look at old product adverts and create your own Enjoy making a colourful street collage Let your imagination loose and draw us a picture of what you think your high street will look like in the future High street quiz And much more!

We are open on.....
Tuesdays 9.30-5.00
Wednesdays 10.15-5.00
Thursdays 9.30-5.00
Fridays 9.30-5.00
Saturdays 9.30-4.00

Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6ND
Free parking available on site

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6


Nick Barratt

Surrey Heritage Annual Lecture - 1215 And All That with Dr Nick Barratt

  • 20 June 2015 2:30-3:30pm

1215 And All That with Dr Nick Barratt

Dr Nick Barratt works at The National Archives and manages the medieval, early modern, legal, maps and photography teams. His PhD is in 13th century state finance, and he has written extensively on the reign of King John and the impact of Magna Carta. This talk explores the circumstances leading up to Magna Carta, and suggests that our modern belief that it represents the bedrock of the rule of the law is not entirely accurate.

To book visit:
Please book online, in person at Surrey History Centre or in any Surrey Library, or phone 01483 518737.

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


£5 includes refreshements


Gyspy Wagon

Romany Day

  • 28 June 2015 10am-5pm

Join us for this family friendly event to celebrate the art and culture of Gypsy life. You can peek inside a Gypsy wagon, try some Gypsy food and find out about Gypsies in the past.

Highlights for the day include: performances by singers Frank Smith and Florence Joelle, contemporary dance group Dolly & the Dolls, Gypsy wagons, traditional games and historic costumes. There will also be plenty of family activities to keep the kids entertained.

Event organised by the Community, Rural Life Centre and Surrey Heritage.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Rural Life Centre
Reeds Road
Tilford, Farnham
GU10 2DL


Adults: £ 9.50 Over 60s/Concessions: £ 8.50 Children: (5 - 16): £ 7.00 Family: £ 29.00 (2 adults + their children under 16) Children Under 5: Free


Andy Robertshaw

Digging The Trenches: The Archaeology of the Western Front

  • 11 July 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Saturday 11th July
2.30pm - 3.30pm
Surrey History Centre
Andy Robertshaw

This talk, linked to the book of the same name examines the ways in which archaeology can inform the understanding and interpretation of the Great war. The presentation uses a number of case studies to explore how the remains of soldiers found during excavation can be identified after being missing in action for nearly 100 years.

Tickets: £5

To book visit: Please book online, in person at Surrey History Centre or in any Surrey Library, or phone 01483 518737.

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


Tickets £5


Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6ND




01483 518737

01483 518737


01483 518738

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