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


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
RC Sherriff

To Journeys End and Beyond: The Life and Legacy of RC Sherriff

  • 1 — 29 April 2016 *on now

Surrey writer Robert Cedric Sherriff (1896-1975) is famous throughout the world for Journey’s End, the greatest play in the English language to explore the experience of serving on the Western Front. This display marks the final phase of Surrey Heritage's First World War commemoration project to celebrate his life and career.

Discover more about Sherriff's early life, his wartime experiences with the East Surrey Regiment, his literary career, and how his success with films such as Goodbye, Mr Chips and The Dam Busters made him the highest paid English scriptwriter in Hollywood.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with support from Surrey History Trust, Kingston Grammar School, The RC Sherriff Trust, and Curtis Brown.

On display at: Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA Tel: 01306 887509


Denbies Wine Estate
London Road

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.

Mount Felix Tapestry

  • 20 April — 2 May 2016 *on now

The Mount Felix Tapestry commemorates the centenary of the 'No 2 New Zealand General Hospital' at Mount Felix in Walton on Thames. During its 4 years the hospital threated over 27,000 wounded NZ soldiers from the Battlefields of WW1. Many of the volunteer staff, nurse and administrators had travelled from New Zealand.

Working with Artist Andrew Crummy, (whose design credits include the 104 metre wide Prestonpans Tapestry) and a community of volunteer stitchers, we are creating a lasting legacy of the hospital and the inspiring stories of the soldiers nurses and dotors who passed through its doors.

To find out how you can be a part of this exciting project go to or email


Riverhouse Barn
Manor Road
Walton on Thames
KT12 2PF


Horley Local History Society

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:


Methodist Church School Hall
Victoria Road


Visitors welcome for a nominal entry fee of £1 each.


Over the top

Over the Top - Commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

  • 1 July 2016 10am-3pm


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

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Surrey Sports Park University of Surrey
Richard Meyjes Road

The Battle of the Somme

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, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.




Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6ND




01483 518737

01483 518737


01483 518738

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