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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Remembering 1916

Remembering 1916 - Life on the Western Front

  • 1 April — 30 September 2016 *on now

To coincide with the centenary of the First World War, a major new exhibition, Remembering 1916 - Life on the Western Front, will showcase an outstanding range of original artefacts drawn from privates collectors, much of which has never been on public display. Visitors to the show will be able to engage with this unique collection of more than 400 items, ranging from uniforms and equipment , to photographs and personal memorabilia from British, French and German soldiers.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Whitgift Exhibition Centre
Haling Park
South Croydon
Surrey
CR2 6YT

Admission

Tickets will be available for purchase on the door. Groups of 10 or more people may reserve tickets in advance, and school parties must pre-book.

Website

http://www.remembering1916.co.uk/

Somme Exhibition

The Somme Art Exhibition

  • 22 June — 31 July 2016

Reflections on The Somme by contemporary art group: 'Acid Drop Copse'. http://artistdesignermaker.com

Where

Honeywood Musuem
Honeywood Walk
Carshalton
Surrey
SM5 3NX
England

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.
Horley Local History Society

The Battle of the Somme - Illustrated Talk

  • 26 May 2016 7:30-8:30pm

Join Doug Cox for this talk on The Battle of The Somme to members of Horley Local History Society on Thursday 26th May at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start at Horley Methodist Church, Victoria Road, Horley.

There is adequate car parking at the rear of the Church.  Refreshments available.  Visitors welcome for a nominal entry fee of £1 each.

For more information about the event or Holey Local History Society please visit their website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horley-Local-History-Society/280703285300096

Where

Methodist Church School Hall
Victoria Road
Horley
Surrey
RH6 7AS
England

Admission

Visitors welcome for a nominal entry fee of £1 each.

Website

http://www.horleyhistory.org.uk/index.php/home-2

SGW

Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers Showcase Day

  • 5 June 2016 1-6pm

One hundred years ago, Surrey was playing its part in the first global war between modern, industrial nations. It was a conflict which called for previously-unthinkable sacrifices by the county’s people, young and old, rich and poor. How did Surrey respond?

Surrey Heritage, through its four-year Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers, calls you to enlist to help to investigate this question.

We’re hosting a gazebo at the Caterham Festival street party, to showcase Surrey in the Great War. Visit our gazebo to discover local displays on east Surrey life on the Home Front; find out about volunteering opportunities; and bring your family WW1 memorabilia and stories to be looked at by our team. Family craft activities will be available.

Caterham Festival street party
Sunday 5 June 2016
1pm-6pm
The High Street, Caterham, CR3 5UE

For more information, contact the project team on 01483 518239 / 518238 or surreyinthegreatwar@surreycc.gov.uk or visit our project website: www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Caterham Festival street party
The High Street
Caterham
Surrey
CR3 5UE
England

Admission

For more information, contact the project team on 01483 518239 / 518238 or surreyinthegreatwar@surreycc.gov.uk or visit our project website: www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk

Website

http://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk

Regiment moving up to the front, silhouetted against the skyline.

The Battle of the Somme: Talk by Maj. Rob Marshall RLC

  • 8 June 2016 7-9pm

1st July this ear marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme in which more than 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. To mark this event Major Rob Marshall RLC will present a short illustrated talk about the battle and its importance.

Where

Chertsey Musuem
The Cedars
33 Windsor Street
Chertsey
Surrey
KT16 8AT
England

Admission

£5.50 (£4.50 for Friends of Chertsey Museum). Enclose a cheque made payable to The Friends of Chertsey Museum and send to Friends Events, Chertsey Museum, 33 Windsor Street, Chertsey, KT16 8ATor book and pay by telephone on 01932 565764.

Website

http://chertseymuseum.org/home

Sutton in the First World War

Sutton and the First World War

  • 22 June 2016 8-9pm
  • 6 July 2016 8-9pm
  • 20 July 2016 8-9pm

22 June - From Sutton to the Somme - Andrew Arnold
Andrew Arnold looks at some of the men from Sutton and surrounding area who fought in the campaign, telling the stories against the backdrop of the battle.

6 July - Photographing the Fallen - Jeremy Gordon-Smith
A talk based on a booking Jeremy is currently writing about his war experience of his great great Uncle Ivan Bawtree who was a war graves photographer on the Western Front, and lived all his life in Sutton.

20 July - The Stones Cry Out - Jeff Richards
St Nicholas, like the other churches in Sutton, has a rich legacy of reminders of the lives destroyed by the four years and four months of fighting. Each of these monuments is more than simply engraved names and dates.

Where

St Nicholas Church
St Nicholas Way
Sutton
Surrey
SM1 2RG

Over the top

Over the Top - Commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

  • 1 July 2016 10am-3pm

‘OVER THE TOP’ - REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME AND WATCH FOOTBALL AT SURREY SPORTS PARK, GUILDFORD, 1 JULY 2016

A unique football event occurs on 1 July 2016 at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford. It will commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme; 20,000 British soldiers were killed on that first day. One British Army unit, 8th Battalion The East Surrey Regiment, kicked footballs ‘over the top’ to encourage the troops to advance. One hundred years later, there will be 20 teams, military and civilian, male and female, adults and youth, playing each other and remembering the sacrifices made by local men from the south east of England. The event is being organised by the local Regiment (The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment), the Army Benevolent Fund and the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association. Civilian teams taking part include Aldershot Football Club, Guildford City, Chelsea, Southampton, Surrey Fire Brigade and Hampshire Police and military teams from Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, Pirbright, Aldershot, Cyprus and Germany.

Shahid Azeem, prominent entrepreneur, Chairman of Aldershot FC and an enthusiast for football in the community comments, ‘It is vitally important that the town of Aldershot, as home of the British Army, commemorates the sacrifices made by our troops. Football is our national sport and a huge part of military life and, as we saw in last year’s Game of Truce, played at our EBB Stadium, the game also played a major role in the First World War. This will be a fantastic event, as well as very poignant, and Aldershot Town are delighted to remember our fallen heroes by competing in their honour’. The Chief Executive of the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and Deputy Colonel of the Local Regiment, Colonel (Retired) Patrick Crowley comments, ‘We plan to commemorate the sacrifices made through the means of football fun and a commemorative ceremony. We also hope to raise some money for local Regimental benevolence and the Army’s Soldiers’ Charity’.

Come and join us at this fantastic and unique event! The football runs from 10 o‘clock in the morning to the final, due mid-afternoon. There will also be refreshments available and various stands to visit.

Point of Contact for further information: Fred Hughes se-comms@rfca.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Surrey Sports Park University of Surrey
Richard Meyjes Road
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7AD
England

The Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme Film Screening and Talk

  • 2 July 2016 1:30-5:30pm

This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and members of the First World War Centenary Partnership are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across the world. Surrey History Centre will be screening the Battle of the Somme 1916 film as part of this and Dr Emma Hanna (University of Kent) will also give a talk at the screening. Tickets are free but places must be booked online at www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Admission

Free

Website

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

Book cover

The War of the Worlds: from HG Wells to Orson Welles, Jeff Wayne and Steven Spielberg and beyond

  • 17 September 2016 2-3:30pm

Emeritus Professor of History at Kingston University, Peter Beck has lived in Horsell for over 40 years. A published author, his latest book, The War of the Worlds: from H.G. Wells to Orson Welles, Jeff Wayne, and Steven Spielberg and beyond, is due to be published in September 2016 by Bloomsbury. His Heritage Lecture by the same title explores Wells’ most famous book and how since its publication it has developed a life of its own – from book to radio programme, film and stage production.

Part of Wells in Woking celebrations.

Admission

Tickets are free but places must be booked 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

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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