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 - 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.
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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

  • 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

General Munro

Loyal To Empire: The Life of General Sir Charles Monro, 1860-1929

  • 10 May 2017 11am-12:30pm

Talk and book signing with Patrick Crowley.
General Sir Charles Monro is perhaps the least known of all the senior commanders of the First World War, yet he commanded at divisional, corps and army level on the Western Front. He was also responsible for the high standards of shooting achieved by the British Army in 1914 and was the general who said that the British should withdraw from Gallipoli. In addition, he was commander-in-chief of India from 1916-1920 at a critical time. Locally, he joined the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment and became their Colonel. His personal albums are held at the Surrey History Centre.

Admission

£5 includes refreshments. Free for all Surrey Heritage (including Surrey in the Great War) volunteers.
Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
Volunteers: to reserve your free ticket please book online following the link or speak to your mentor.
Please bring cash if you would like to purchase the book.

Website

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritage-culture-and-recreation/archives-and-history/surrey-history-centre/heritage-events

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Surrey History Centre Open Day

  • 13 May 2017 11am-3:30pm

Go behind the scenes of the Surrey History Centre at this unique event where we will be showcasing some of our fascinating collection. We'll also highlight the important and varied work we do to celebrate and preserve the history of Surrey, and there will be chances to go on tours of the building where you will discover we have 6 miles of shelving in our strongrooms, housing documents dating back to the 12th Century!

Did you know we look after treasures such as papers of author Lewis Carroll and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, Tudor letters of the More-Molyneaux family of Loseley, letters signed by Henry VIII and Lady Jane Grey, hundreds of postcards of Surrey, records of the Surrey infantry regiments, archives of the piano makers, Broadwood and specialist vehicle manufacturers, Dennis… and more!

Saturday 13 May, 11am - 3.30pm.

Tours at: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm (no need to book). Family activities will also be provided and there will be a book sale.

Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.

In support of Woking & Sam Beare Hospice. Free entry but donations are appreciated.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

In support of Woking & Sam Beare Hospice. Free entry but donations are appreciated.

Website

http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents

Beginning Biography

Beginning Biography

  • 4 July 2017 9:30am-4:45pm

Following the success of our first workshop for those ‘Beginning Biography’, booking is now open for a repeat session.
This day long bespoke training will equip you with the basic biographical research skills you’ll need to discover the stories of your WWI ancestors or people on a war memorial. Sessions will cover online sources, how to record your research well and how to acknowledge it properly. The day will end with time for supported research in our searchroom, putting theory into practice.

Admission

Free day’s training. Light refreshments provided. Bring own lunch.

Date: Tuesday 4 July 2017
Time: 9.30am-4.45pm
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.

Website

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

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. All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1JP.

Where

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

Admission

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

Black Poppies

Black Poppies - Britain's Black Community and the Great War

  • 16 September 2017 2-3:30pm

Talk and book signing with Stephen Bourne.
Stephen Bourne presents an illustrated talk about his book Black Poppies which has beenpublished by The History Press to coincide with the centenary of the First World War. Entertaining and informative, Black Poppies explores the military and civilian wartime experiences of black Britons, from the trenches to the music halls. For Black Poppies Stephen received the 2015 Southwark Arts Forum Award for Literature.

Admission

Tickets are free but booking is essential.
Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
Please bring cash if you would like to purchase the book.

Website

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritage-culture-and-recreation/archives-and-history/surrey-history-centre/heritage-events

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

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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

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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.
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