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.
Owen Manning, William Bray and the writing of Surrey’s County History, 1760-1832
- 2 October 2014 7:30-8:45pm
Manning and Bray’s History and Antiquities of the County of Surrey took more than forty years to research and thirteen to publish. Though acknowledged as one of the finest county histories of its day, its production was fraught with difficulties. The papers of those involved testify to the support given by a national network of antiquaries.
This talk, drawing on the rich archive materials of Manning and Bray, the antiquary Richard Gough and the printer, John Nichols charts the research and production of a county history which was completed in 1814 and remains a basic tool for students of Surrey’s past.
Tickets £5 each. Please Book Online or in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library.
Researching the First World War
- 18 October 2014 1-3:45pm
Autumn Meeting of the Local History Committee of Surrey Archaeological Society
13:00 Chairman’s Introduction
13:05 Julian Martin (Surrey Infantry Museum) "What did you do in the War Granddad?"
13:45 Questions and discussion
13:50 John Callcut (Newdigate Local History Society) "Newdigate, a Village at War"
14:30 Questions and discussion
14:35 Tea break
14:55 Phil Cooper (Surrey History Centre) "A County Remembers: Surrey in the Great War"
15:35 Questions and discussion
Places are limited. To book please call 01737 765508 or email email@example.com or write to 10 Hurstleigh Drive, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 2AA.
Cost £8.00, which will include refreshments, payable on the day.
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.