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.
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.