Surrey History Centre
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
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.
Tues Wed Fri 0930-1700
Closed Mon Sun & bank holiday weekend Sat
The Great War: From India to Woking
- 4 — 29 November 2014
More than a million Indian soldiers fought for Britain in the First World War. This display of images, produced by Woking Borough Council and the Shah Jahan Mosque, demonstrates the importance of Woking as both a site of worship and a final resting place for Muslim troops of the British Indian Army. Discover the history of Woking’s Muslim Burial Ground, commissioned in 1915 and see the exciting new plans for this unique memorial.
Surrey Heritage Showcase
- 25 October 2014 12-4pm
Covering Chertsey, Addlestone, Ottershaw, Lyne & Longcross
Highlights for the day:
• Surrey Treasures: Recording Metal Detected Finds by David Williams, 12.30pm. Many archaeological finds are made by members of the public each year, mainly through the use of metal detectors. David Williams is Surrey’s Finds Liaison Officer and works with the national Portable Antiquities Scheme which is based at the British Musuem. David will describe some of the exciting finds that he has recorded in recent years, both from Surrey and beyond, and will explain how the Scheme and the Treasure Act works.
• The Sacred River: ritual deposition in the Thames by Rob Poulton, 1.15pm.
Many spectacular archaeological objects have been recovered from the Thames. Find out how and why they got there, and how this reveals much about ritual activity in ancient times.
• Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers by Phil Cooper, 2pm.
How is Surrey Heritage planning to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War? This talk will outline Surrey Heritage’s ideas and plans. It will show how everyone can get involved and also highlight some of Surrey’s lesser known Great War stories.
• Henry VI, Richard III and Chertsey Abbey by Mike Page, 2.45pm.
England’s most notorious king Richard III seldom turned his attention to Surrey in his short reign. However on one occasion in August 1484 the county was at the forefront of his mind, when he ordered that the body of his murdered predecessor Henry VI be moved from Chertsey Abbey, where it had lain since 1471, to St George’s Chapel Windsor. Find out some of the reasons why and discover how this action tells us a great deal about how Richard wished to be seen by his sceptical subjects.
Partner Stands & displays:
• Addlestone Historical Society
• Chertsey Artists
• Chertsey Library
• Chertsey Museum & Friends of
• Chertsey Society
• Chertsey WI
• The Egham-by-Runnymede Historical Society
• Ottershaw Society
• Sir William Perkins’s School
• Surrey Archaeological Society
• Surrey Gardens Trust
• Surrey History Trust
• Surrey Record Society
• Visit Surrey
• Voluntary Support North Surrey
• West Surrey Family History Society
• Free children’s activities including mini archaeology digs & historic dress up
• Memories of Chertsey & surrounding area using Historic Environment Record
• Tips on family history research & help with dating old photographs
• Displays from the County’s archive
• First World War display
• ‘Ask the expert’ drop in sessions - Surrey Heritage experts in conservation, archives and archaeological finds will be offering FREE practical, professional advice. Books, letters, documents, maps, photographs and unknown muddy objects are all welcome!
• Learn more about Surrey’s museums
• And much, much more...
- Any age
The Quick and the Dead - A talk by Richard van Emden
- 8 November 2014 2:30-4pm
The Quick and the Dead is the story not only of the soldiers who went to war and did not return, but also of the wives and children they left behind to mourn.
This talk will look at how a whole nation came to terms with the devastating news of casualties at the front, and how a few unscrupulous individuals sought to profit from other people’s misery.
It also examines the sometimes controversial subject of where the dead were to be interred, as well as how the fallen would be commemorated at the end of the Great War.
- Any age
£10.00 including refreshments. Please Book online or in person at Surrey History Centre.
Surrey Infantry’s World War One Victoria Crosses
- 29 November 2014 2:30-4pm
Private Dwyer at 19 years old was the youngest man to receive the award at the time and Private Jack Harvey who on his own captured an enemy dugout and compelled the 37 occupants to surrender are just two of the 14.
Please Book Online or in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library.
Tickets £5.00 each.
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.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Tickets, including refreshments, £5.00 until 31 August, thereafter £6.00.