Surrey History Centre

Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6ND




01483 518737

01483 518737


01483 518738

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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.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Tues Wed Fri 0930-1700
Thurs 0930-1930
Sat 0930-1600

Closed Mon Sun & bank holiday weekend Sat

Admission charges


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

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 Display

  • 20 — 31 January 2015 *on now

On 27 January 2014, Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, through Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides. We also remember those who were able to escape oppression and make a new life for themselves in this country


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.
Family Wedding Photo

Family History Course - Research made easy!

  • 5 February 2015 10am-1pm
  • 12 February 2015 10am-1pm
  • 14 February 2015 10am-1pm
  • 19 February 2015 10am-1pm
  • 26 February 2015 10am-1pm
  • 5 March 2015 10am-1pm
  • 12 March 2015 10am-1pm
  • 14 March 2015 10am-1pm
  • 11 April 2015 10am-1pm
  • 9 May 2015 10am-1pm
  • 6 June 2015 10am-1pm

Surrey History Centre’s very successful Family History Course is back for 2015! 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.

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:

Tel: 01483 518737 Email:

Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6N


Thursday dates: £60 (can only be booked as complete 6 week course)

Saturday dates: £15 per individual session



Troublesome Tudors - free half term drop in activities

  • 17 — 21 February 2015

Free drop in activities!

Come along to the Surrey History Centre to find out about the Troublesome Tudors. Enjoy fun crafts like making a jesters hat, your very own tudor palace and much more with our free drop in family activities!

Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children.

We are open on.....
Tuesdays 9.30-5.00
Wednesdays 10.15-5.00
Thursdays 9.30-5.00
Fridays 9.30-5.00
Saturdays 9.30-4.00

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13


LGBT History Month

Drop-in LGBT Coffee Morning with Outline

  • 21 February 2015 10am-12:30pm

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) History Month takes place every year in February and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. This is an opportunity to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Surrey and elsewhere.

Drop-in LGBT coffee morning with Outline
Saturday 21 February 2015, 10am-12.30pm

Come and meet members of Outline, Surrey’s LGBT support organisation. Enjoy coffee and cake and a behind the scenes tour (11.00am) of Surrey History Centre. Free. No booking required. All welcome!

LGBT History Month 10th Anniversary Display
Wednesday 4 February - Saturday 28 February 2015

Find out what Surrey's LGBT icons did during the First World War and learn more about Surrey's LGBT support organisations. Available during normal opening hours in the foyer at Surrey History Centre. Admission is free.


Periscope rifle Gallipoli

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Tickets, including refreshments, £5.00 until 31 August, thereafter £6.00.