Surrey History Centre

Surrey History Centre
Guided tours icon Shop icon Library icon Study area icon Wheelchair access icon

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.
Guildford Museum

Everybody's Darling - The First World War Nurse

  • 25 February — 8 April 2017 *on now

25 February to 8 April. Free entry.

During the First World War thousands of women served at home and overseas as nurses. This exhibition reveals the essential, often unrecognised role that they fulfilled.

Many women worked in one of the hundreds of military hospitals at home, caring for the vast numbers of injured servicemen. Others worked on the Western and Eastern fronts, in casualty clearing stations and field hospitals close to the battle lines. They were closer to the front-line than in any previous conflict, working up to twenty hours a day often during heavy periods of fighting. Conditions were hazardous and gruelling and many nurses died on active service.

The exhibition includes many original artefacts including a poignant autograph book which belonged to a nurse. Containing many messages of thanks and best wishes for the future, verses and poems and cartoons and drawings by wounded soldiers, it adds a very personal element to the exhibition.

In contrast to the realities on the battlefield, an idealised, romantic image of the nurse was frequently used for propaganda purposes during the war. The nurse tending an injured serviceman became an iconic image of the time and a range of such prints and illustrations complete the display.

Where

Guildford Museum
Castle Arch
Guildford
Surrey
GU1 3SX
England

Wedding

Family History - Saturday Sessions

  • 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

  • 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

Badshot Lea War Memorial

10 Things to Ask of A World War I Memorial

  • 3 April 2017 9:30am-4pm

Have you ever walked past your local war memorial and wondered how it got there? What stories it has to share? Who built it? Why it takes that specific form?

The Surrey in the Great War project team is offering a day’s training in which attendees will learn how to interrogate a war memorial in order to discover more about social history and how Surrey’s communities chose to remember those who had fallen in the First World War. The workshop is free to attend and will be led by Professor Keith Grieves of Kingston University.

Date: Monday 3 April 2017

Time: 9.30am-4pm

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

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP: surreyinthegreatwar@surreycc.gov.uk or 01483 518238 / 518239

Admission

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP: surreyinthegreatwar@surreycc.gov.uk or 01483 518238 / 518239

Website

http://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/

www.lochnagarcrater.org/

‘A HUGE HOLE IN MY LIFE’

  • 5 April 2017 7:30-9pm

Exploded on 1 July 1916 to signal the opening of the Battle of the Somme, the detonation of the Lochnagar mine created a massive crater, still visible on satellite images, and what was then the largest manmade sound in history.
Richard has owned the Lochnagar Crater since 1978. In this fascinating talk, discover the history behind the crater’s existence and its impact on both the war and the landscape to this day.
This vast wound on the battlefield is preserved as a memorial to those men and women of all nations who fell in the Great War and is dedicated to peace, forgiveness and reconciliation. It is now a place of pilgrimage for over 200,000 visitors each year.

Where

Bourne Hall Museum
Bourne Hall, Spring Street
Ewell
Surrey
KT17 1UF

Admission

FREE ENTRY
A collection will be held in aid of the Friends of
Lochnagar. www.lochnagarcrater.org
Further details from David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF
020 8394 1734
dbrooks@epsomewell.gov.uk

Website

http://www.lochnagarcrater.org

ASK Series of talks

'Now it’s Serious – the East Surrey Regiment in 1917’

  • 6 July 2017 7-8:30pm

Talk with Nicholas Howgill - Representing Royal Borough of Kingston on Thames War Memorials Association.

A look at the activities of the East Surrey Regiment in 1917, examining the composition of the battalions especially on the Western Front to see how they changed with the advent of conscription and how they were developing the techniques and organisation required to win the war.

All lectures are free admission to the general public, with no need to book in advance.

Lectures start at 7.30pm, with refreshments and bar from 7pm.

Where

All Saints Church
Market Place
Kingston Upon Thames
Suurey
KT1 1JP

Admission

All lectures are free admission to the general public, with no need to book in advance.

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.

Where

France

Admission

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: info@eywitnesstours.com 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

logo

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 http://wsfhs.co.uk/pages/openday.php

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

Where

Woking Leisure Centre
Kingfield Road
Woking
Surrey
GU22 9BA

Website

http://wsfhs.co.uk/pages/openday.php

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.
alt="RC Sherriff"

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.
advertisement