About Surrey Heritage

Surrey Heritage looks after the county's history. Our collection includes old newspapers, photographs, illustrations, family history records and even letters signed by Henry VIII. We use these items to bring history to life for all communities and ages from early years to adult learners. Anyone can use the archive at Surrey History Centre, just bring along a library card or some ID.

We hold lots of exciting events and exhibitions throughout the year, including our Annual Lecture and Heritage Showcase events.

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

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"Family history research made easy!" six week course

  • 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  • There will be opportunities to handle original historical documents, navigate online resources and importantly discover how and where to find less-known genealogical sources in a small, comfortable workshop environment.
  • Full course information (pdf).
  • £80 booked as 6 week course.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey library or phone 01483 518737.
  • When
    20 Sep 2019 at 10:00am
    until 25 Oct 2019 at 1:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    War and peace in Surrey: 1914 - 1919

  • 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.
  • Free event, no need to book.
  • Dorking Halls, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1SG
  • For more information and updates, please see the Surrey in the Great War website.
  • When
    20 Jul 2019 at 11:00am
    until 20 Jul 2019 at 4:30pm
    Where
    Dorking Halls
    Dorking
    Surrey
    RH4 1SG

    Surrey History Trust AGM followed by a talk

    Monday 15 July, refreshments 6.30pm, AGM and talk 7pm - 9pm
    • The Life and Loves of Ada Lovelace - The World's First Computer Programmer by Dr David Taylor FSA
    • Ada Lovelace was the only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron. A gifted girl, her mother arranged for her to be tutored by some of the most brilliant minds of the day. She met Charles Babbage who had invented a mechanical machine called the Difference Engine. Ada devised a method of using the machine to calculate numbers. Ada married William King, Lord Lovelace who owned estates at Ockham and East Horsley. The couple had a stormy relationship This talk will look at Ada's early life in Surrey, her friendship with the scientist Andrew Crosse of Fyne Court, Somerset – sometimes called the model for Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' – and her relationship with Crosse's son John.
    • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
    • Tickets are free and include refreshments but please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
    When
    15 Jul 2019 at 6:30pm
    until 15 Jul 2019 at 9:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Mystical Myths and Legends - Free Half Term Activities!

    Come along to the Surrey History Centre to find out about Myths and Legendsfrom Surrey and around the world. Enjoy fun crafts like making a Pharaohheaddress, or collage a Chinese dragon as well as colouring in and otheractivities! Parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their children.

    Free family drop in activities from Tuesday 28 May – Saturday 1 June during normal opening hours.

    Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
    When
    28 May 2019 at 9:30am
    until 04 May 2019 at 4:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Archaeological Photography

    Learn how photography is used in archaeology, with the opportunity to photograph real artefacts found in Surrey. Participants are encouraged to bring their own camera, but we do have some available to borrow. No previous experience necessary.

    £25, includes refreshments.

    Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
    When
    25 Jul 2019 at 10:00am
    until 25 Jul 2019 at 12:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Strictly Tudor dancing

    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.

    £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.
    When
    27 Jul 2019 at 2:00pm
    until 27 Jul 2019 at 3:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Top of the Tudor pops

    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.

    £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.
    When
    27 Jul 2019 at 10:00am
    until 27 Jul 2019 at 11:30am
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Cross Stitch a Prehistoric Flint

    Using real prehistoric tools found in Surrey for inspiration, learn to cross stitch a flint design in a hoop to take home. No previous experience necessary, all equipment included. Lunch not included

    Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
    When
    18 Jul 2019 at 10:00am
    until 18 Jul 2019 at 3:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Iron Age Inspired Beaded Bracelets

    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. Lunch not included.

    £40, includes refreshments.

    Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
    When
    15 Aug 2019 at 9:30am
    until 15 Aug 2019 at 2:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Marvellous Mosaics for ages 6 - 16

    Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of mosaic making! Using Roman designs for inspiration, make your very own mosaic to take home. All equipment provided. Suitable for age 6-16. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

    £30 per child.

    Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
    When
    01 Aug 2019 at 2:00pm
    until 01 Aug 2019 at 3:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND