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 - www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents

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

Free

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.
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From Journey’s End to The Dam Busters: The Life of R C Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches

  • 4 February 2017 2-3:30pm

R C Sherriff was propelled to fame by the worldwide success of his First World War play, Journey’s End in 1929. The success of the play allowed him to become a full time writer, and for the next thirty years he was one of the most famous writers in Britain. While he was never ranked among the literary titans, he wrote about ordinary people and their everyday lives with great empathy and compassion. His dramas were seen as perceptive and truthful; his three 1930s novels (The Fortnight in September, Greengates and The Hopkins Manuscript) won sweeping praise for their honest examination of the lives of the English middle-class; and his name on a film (such as The Invisible Man, Goodbye, Mr Chips, The Four Feathers, Odd Man Out, Quartet and The Dam Busters) was seen as an absolute guarantor of quality.

Despite his continuing success, no comprehensive account of his life was ever written -and yet it was a life filled with incident: his fraught experiences in the trenches on the Western Front; the overnight success of Journey’s End, which took him to Broadway and all around the capitals of Europe; his experiences in the early days of the ‘Talkies’ in Hollywood; his tussles with the movie censors, and with the Nazis who sought to destroy his scripts; his years in Hollywood during WW2, when he was both chastised as a ’shirker’, yet also wrote a Churchill’s favourite film (Lady Hamilton); and a stream of plays and movies in the 40s and 50s, culminating in The Dam Busters, which prompted the Guardian critic to comment that he had found ‘the right dramatic dialogue for the men of 1939-45, as well as those of 1914-1918’.

Admission

£5 includes refreshments.

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.

Please bring cash or cheque if you would like to purchase a book at a special price of £20.

Website

http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents

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Family History - Saturday Sessions

  • 25 February 2017 10am-12:30pm
  • 6 May 2017 10am-12:30pm
  • 20 May 2017 10am-12:30pm

Family History Online! Saturday 25 February 2017, 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 touch on how to share your information online, and suggest a few tips on keeping your information safe and secure. We explore how large databases work - and sometimes why they don’t and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion.
£15 includes refreshments.
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.

Beginning Your Family History, Saturday 6 May 2017, 10am - 12.30pm
This talk aims to take you step by step through the basics of family history, where to start, what to do and most important, how you can get help and advice on what is bound to prove an exciting project. It will also include lots of time (and money) saving tips and ideas, and outline some of the ways to store and present your research. This is Who Do You Think You Are for everyone!
Please note this talk is similar to week 1 on the 6 week Family History Course.
£12.50 includes refreshments.
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.

Researching Your Irish Family History, Saturday 20 May 2017, 10am - 12.30pm
A talk devoted to exploring sources and resources for Irish family history. During the morning we will cover most aspects of Irish genealogical research, including the recent publication of online Irish records, and there will be a Q&A session along with plenty of opportunities for discussion. There will also be a bibliography and list of useful websites to take away.
Please note this is expanded from a talk given in the Celtic Family History day from March 2016.
£12.50 includes refreshments.
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.

Admission

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.

Website

http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents

Family History

Six Week Family History Course

  • 10 March 2017 10am-1pm
  • 17 March 2017 10am-1pm
  • 24 March 2017 10am-1pm
  • 31 March 2017 10am-1pm
  • 7 April 2017 10am-1pm
  • 21 April 2017 10am-1pm
  • 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:
www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents

Tel: 01483 518737 Email: shs@surreycc.gov.uk

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

Admission

£60 includes refreshments 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.

Website

http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents

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

http://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/sherriff-learning/

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.

Creator

  • 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
Woking
Surrey
GU21 6ND
England

Website

www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreyhistorycentre

E-mail

shs@surreycc.gov.uk

shs@surreycc.gov.uk

Telephone

01483 518737

01483 518737

Fax

01483 518738

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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