Surrey History Centre

Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6ND




01483 518737

01483 518737


01483 518738

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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!

  • 11 April 2015 10am-1pm
  • 9 May 2015 10am-1pm
  • 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



Ahoy Me Mateys! Free Easter Drop In Activities!

  • 31 March — 11 April 2015 *on now

Tuesday 31st March - Saturday 11th April
Come along to the Surrey History Centre for some pirate fun this Easter. Enjoy fun crafts like making your own pirate hat, a feathered parrot friend, learn some pirate words and much more with our free drop in family activities!
Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children

We are open on.....
Mondays Closed
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
Sundays Closed
Please note we will be closed from 3rd — 6th April due to bank holidays

Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND Telephone: 01483 518737 Email:
Free parking available onsite

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13


Periscope rifle Gallipoli

Military Ancestry Roadshow

  • 18 April 2015 10:30am-4pm

Do you have medals, uniform, photos, letters or other ephemera from your family’s military past? Our experts will help you identify them, guide you to further information sources and reveal what these items say about your relative’s military history.

No financial valuations will be given. Emphasis will be placed on the historical value of the items. You are welcome to bring along items from any military period although we would prefer you left live ammunition at home.

This is part of Surrey Libraries’ War and Words programme of commemorative events for the First World War Centenary.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Tickets, including refreshments, £5.00 until 31 August, thereafter £6.00.


Surrey in the Age of Magna Carta

Surrey in the Age of Magna Carta

  • 9 May 2015 9:30am-4:30pm

9.45 – 10.45am Professor Nigel Saul
Magna Carta and English history

Nigel Saul is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London and a member of the Magna Carta 800 Committee. His many books include Richard II (1997) and Death, Art, and Memory in Medieval England: The Cobham Family and their Monuments 1300-1500 (2001).

10.45-11.45am Rob Poulton
A Landscape Transformed: Surrey in the Thirteenth Century

Rob Poulton is Senior Archaeological Adviser to Surrey County Archaeological Unit and has published widely on the archaeology of medieval Surrey including the sites of Chertsey Abbey and Guildford Castle. He is currently excavating the 12th century moated manor of Woking Palace.

12.00 - 1.00pm Dr David Stone
The Economy and Society of the Runnymede Region in the age of Magna Carta

David Stone was the first joint Oxbridge Research Fellow and has published widely on the medieval economy and society, his first book being Decision-Making in Medieval Agriculture (2005). He is currently editing the medieval Esher manorial accounts for publication by Surrey Record Society in 2016.

1.45-2.45pm Dr Naomi Sykes
People and Other Animals in the Age of Magna Carta

Naomi Sykes is Associate Professor of Zooarchaeology, Nottingham University. Her publications include Beastly Questions: Animal Answers to Archaeological Issues (2014) and The Norman Conquest: A Zooarchaeological Perspective (2007).

3.00 - 4.00pm Professor David Carpenter
Magna Carta in the reign of Henry III (1216-1272): did it make a difference?

David Carpenter is Professor of Medieval History, King’s College, University of London. He has written extensively on 13th century British history, his books including The Minority of Henry III (1990). His major new edition and commentary on Magna Carta has just been published by Penguin Classics.

Tickets: £15 and include tea and coffee
To book visit:
Tickets also available in person at Surrey History Centre or in any Surrey Library, or phone 01483 518737.


Tickets: £15 and include tea and coffee.

To book visit: Tickets also available in person at Surrey History Centre or in any Surrey Library, or phone 01483 518737.


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


£10 includes refreshements


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