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


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 History

Six Week Family History Course

  • 22 September 2017 10am-1pm
  • 29 September 2017 10am-1pm
  • 6 October 2017 10am-1pm
  • 13 October 2017 10am-1pm
  • 20 October 2017 10am-1pm
  • 27 October 2017 10am-1pm

Surrey History Centre’s very successful Family History Course is back for 2017! 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.

Spring 2017 (10am–1pm):10 March, 17 March, 24 March, 31 March, 7 April, 21 April (2 week break for Easter).

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

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 6ND


£60 includes refreshments Please book a place online at, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.


Arts and crafts

Explorers Through Time - Summer Holiday Family Activities

  • 2 — 31 August 2017

Join us at the Surrey History Centre and become an explorer for the day. Discover the adventures of Surrey explorers and get creative with our free arts and crafts family activities.
Activities include; make your own binoculars, help spot the hidden animals, design your own map, solve our adventurous puzzles and many more.
Activities are free but parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10




Black Poppies

Black Poppies - Britain's Black Community and the Great War

  • 16 September 2017 2-3:30pm

Talk and book signing with Stephen Bourne.
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.


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.


Western Front Association

The Tour of the 1917 Battlefields

  • 23 — 24 September 2017 7am-9pm

Details of our 2017 tour to the battlefields of 1917. The tour will take place on the weekend of September 23-24 and will concentrate on Third Ypres (June – November) and Arras (April – May) with an overnight stop in Lille. Costs for a shared twin/double room £190 with a single rooms supplement of £20. The costs are inclusive of all travel, accommodation, museum entry fees, dinner on the Saturday evening, a hot lunch on Sunday and evening tea (with wine!) on the inbound journey. There are 45 places available and thus early booking is recommended.




Cost per person £190 based on two people sharing a twin/double room
(Single room supplement £20)
To reserve a place on the tour please complete the attached booking form together with a £40 de-posit to Andy Thompson 38 Fairfield Drive Dorking Surrey RH4 1JH. Email the attached booking form to: or by post to 38 Fairfield Drive Dorking Surrey RH4 1JH
The deposit can be paid by cheque (payable to Eyewitness Tours) or by BACS:
Sort code: 12-24-82 Account number: 10151361
Please reference your payment with WFA&your name

Hot off the press

Hot Off The Press: Digital Newspaper Archives and Local History

  • 7 October 2017 10:30am-3:30pm

Surrey Local History Committee and Surrey Heritage present:10.45 Registration and coffee
11.15-12.00 Dr Gerry Moss, Surrey Archaeological Society
Local History from Digital Newspapers
12.00-12.30 Seth Cayley, Gale Cengage Learning
The 17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspaper Collection: A New Digital Resource
12.30-1.00 Julian Pooley, Surrey History Centre
‘A Copious Collection of Newspapers': John Nichols and his Collection of Newspapers, Pamphlets and News Sheets, 1760-1865
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-2.45 Dr John Price, Goldsmiths, University of London
Stories of Splendid Heroism: researching gallantry using newspaper archives
2.45-3.15 Juliet Warren, Surrey History Centre
Surrey in the Great War: Creating and using newspaper indexes for Home Front Research
3.15-3.30 Discussion, Tea and Close

Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
£10 includes refreshments. Please make your own arrangements for lunch.
Please book a place online at, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.


£10 includes refreshments. Please make your own arrangements for lunch.

Please book a place online at, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.



West Surrey Family History Society Open Day & Family History Fair

  • 4 November 2017 10am-4:30pm

Featuring a research are packed with stands and display, various talks and several specialist help desks, this event is full of interest for those researching their family's history in Surrey and beyond. Surrey in the Great War will host a stall showcasing the project's findings, answering queries and showing how you can contribute. More information can be found at

Location: Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9BA


Woking Leisure Centre
Kingfield Road
GU22 9BA


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
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Journey’s End: RC Sherriff Learning Resource for KS4 English and History and Drama

The RC Sherriff learning resource is based on the archives of Surrey author and playwright, RC Sherriff (1896–1975), whose First World War experiences led him to write the highly successful play Journey’s End. This free online resource is for secondary schools was funded by the HLF as part of our project 'To Journey's End and Beyond: the life and legacy of RC Sherriff'. It incorporates the three collections of Sherriff’s papers held at Surrey History Centre in Woking, which are now fully catalogued and accessible. The resource, featuring letters from the trenches, photographs and video, and a copyright-free script for a specially commissioned drama based on Sherriff's experiences, will enable teachers of KS4 English and History to involve Sherriff’s extraordinary story in their World War One, literature, creative writing, or drama lesson plans.


  • This online learning resource was created by Surrey History Centre as HLF as part of our project 'To Journey's End and Beyond: the life and legacy of RC Sherriff'

How to obtain

The online resource is free and available to all.

Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6ND




01483 518737

01483 518737


01483 518738

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