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.
Caterham Recruiting Day 1915

In the Shadow of the Great War: Surrey 1914-1922

  • 9 November 2019 2-4pm

Join us to celebrate the launch of a book that tells the enthralling story of Home Front Surrey, 'In the Shadow of the Great War: Surrey 1914-1922' (edited by Kirsty Bennett, Imogen Middleton, Michael Page and Juliet Warren).
This launch marks the conclusion of our Heritage Lottery Funded project, 'Surrey in the Great War: a County Remembers'.

Admission

Tickets are free but please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737. It is advisable to book early as places are limited.

Website

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/culture-and-leisure/history-centre/events#scau

Woking Peace Celebrations

War and peace in Surrey: 1914 - 1919

  • 20 July 2019 11am-4:30pm

A century on from Britain's 'Peace Day', when the nation celebrated the official end of World War 1, join us to explore Surrey's wartime people and communities. Browse our exhibitions, listen to talks, and experience the sights and sounds of wartime Surrey through film, a sound installation, re-enactments and children's activities.
Come and enjoy displays showcasing the work of our volunteers & partners from across Surrey, children's activities (including mini-digs with Surrey County Archaeological Unit), WW1 Surrey on film, and talks on topics such as Surrey training camps, women in wartime, local war photographer Ivan Bawtree, Dorking during the war, the county's Red Cross, and the Royal Army Medical Corps (by Andy Robertshaw).
Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers aims to discover and share the stories of Surrey's people and places on the home front. We've been exploring the role of the county's women, the treatment of the wounded, conscientious objection, rationing and shortages, industry and war work, anti-invasion measures… and much more.

Where

Dorking Halls
Dorking
Surrey
RH4 1SG

Website

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

Gypsy

Travelling through the archives - tracking Surrey Gypsies

  • 22 July 2019 7-9pm

Surrey has been home to Gypsy Romany and Traveller people, their culture and traditions, for over 500 years but their presence is often hidden within the historical record. This talk will explore the challenges and opportunities that researching their itinerant lifestyle presents, as well as the community's struggle with landowners in Victorian and Edwardian Surrey, at a time when travelling life was starting to come to an end.
Dr Wright studied history at Birmingham University where he gained a doctorate for his thesis on the decline of the Liberal Party and the rise of Labour 1885-1914. After a career in the Senior Civil Service, he has worked as a freelance consultant in private industry and the public sector and as a volunteer for various charitable bodies. His interest in Gypsies originates from developing case studies and databases on Gypsy-travellers for Surrey History Centre. His book, 'Their Day Has Passed', is the first in-depth look at their experience in an English county. He is currently editing a volume of documents relating to the Surrey Police Census of Nomads 1913 for the Surrey Records Society.
The talk will follow the AGM of Surrey Record Society. The AGM begins at 7pm and should last around 30-45 minutes. Non-members of the Society are warmly invited to attend the talk and are very welcome to sit in on the meeting beforehand, although they cannot vote on Society matters.
Tickets are free and include refreshments but booking is advisable. Either book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or phone 01483 518737.

Website

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/culture-and-leisure/history-centre/events

Passamezzo

Strictly Tudor dancing

  • 27 July 2019 2-3:30pm

Grab your dancing shoes and immerse yourself in an afternoon of Tudor dance. Join musicians from Passamezzo (as recently seen on BBC1 Danny Dyer's Right Royal Family and Channel 5 Henry VIII and his Six Wives) as you learn dances from the period accompanied by authentic live music. Have you got what it takes to impress the Tudor Court? Suitable for all ages, family friendly.

Admission

£10 per person or £18 if booking both Top of the Tudor pops and Strictly Tudor dancing.
Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Website

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/culture-and-leisure/history-centre/events

Passamezzo

Top of the Tudor pops

  • 27 July 2019 10-11:30am

Join us for an interactive introduction to Tudor music. Musicians from Passamezzo (as recently seen on BBC1 Danny Dyer's Right Royal Family and Channel 5 Henry VIII and his Six Wives) will demonstrate a variety of Tudor instruments and popular music from the time, with the chance to join in with songs and even have a go playing the instruments. Suitable for all ages, family friendly.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10 per person or £18 if booking both Top of the Tudor pops and Strictly Tudor dancing.
Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Website

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/culture-and-leisure/history-centre/events

Moasics

Roman Inspired Mosaics

  • 1 August 2019 9:30am-12:30pm

Taking inspiration from Roman mosaics found in Surrey, design and create either your own set of coasters, or one large mosaic to take home. All equipment included, no experience necessary.

Admission

£50, includes refreshments.

Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

SHC

Iron Age Inspired Beaded Bracelets

  • 15 August 2019 9:30am-2:30pm

The swirling patterns found in Iron Age art form the basis of this beading workshop where you will make your own Torc inspired bracelet to take home. All equipment included, no experience necessary.

Admission

£40, includes refreshments (lunch not included).
Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Website

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/culture-and-leisure/history-centre/events

SHC

Crochet a Torc

  • 29 August 2019 10am-3:30pm

An experienced crochet teacher will help you crochet your own life size Iron Age torc to take home. A basic level of crochet is needed (chain, slipstitch and double crochet). Please bring your own 3.5mm crochet hooks, but wool and pattern will be provided.

Admission

£40, includes refreshments (lunch not included).

Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey library or phone 01483 518737.

Website

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/culture-and-leisure/history-centre/events

SHC

"Family history research made easy!" six week course

  • 20 September — 25 October 2019

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.
There will be opportunities to handle original historical documents, navigate online resources and importantly discover how and where to find less-known genealogical sources in a small, comfortable workshop environment.

Admission

£80 booked as 6 week course.
Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey library or phone 01483 518737.

Website

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/culture-and-leisure/history-centre/events

SHC

Surrey Heritage Showcase

  • 19 October 2019 10am-4pm

This year our Showcase will be held in partnership with Spelthorne Museum and Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first major excavations in the area. Join us for a day of FREE talks, activities and exhibitions for all the family to discover more about your local heritage and meet the people who make it happen!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/culture-and-leisure/history-centre/events

Irene Shettle

The Carol, the Carter and the Collectors.

  • 2 November 2019 2-3:30pm

Irene Shettle is an expert on English folk song, and this talk will explore Surrey's close links with the music for the carol, 'O Little Town of Bethlehem.'
Tickets £5.00. It is advisable to book early as places are limited.

Admission

Tickets £5.00. It is advisable to book early as places are limited.
Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey library or phone 01483 518737.

Website

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/culture-and-leisure/history-centre/events

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
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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

http://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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