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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Georgian Surrey - the age of enlightenment

Saturday 30 March, 2pm - 3.30pm
  • Surrey Local History Committee, a Committee of Surrey Archaeological Society presents: Georgian Surrey– the age of enlightenment:
      • 9.30 Registration
      • 9.55 Chairman's introductory remarks
      • 10.00 Catherine Ferguson (University of Roehampton)

        Introduction
      • 10.20 Hilary Ely (Trustee of the Cranston Library)

        Cranston Library
      • 10.50 Coffee and tea
      • 11.20 David Brookes (Bourne Hall Museum)

        Epsom as a Spa Town
      • 11.55 Cherrill Sands (Garden Historian for Painshill Park Trust)

        Painshill Landscape Garden
      • 12.30 Lunch
      • 1.30 Carol Garrard (Surrey History Centre)

        Maps
      • 2.05 Speaker to be confirmed
      • 2.40 Tea
      • 3.10 Presentation of the Gravett Award
      • 3.15 Mary Alexander and Catherine Ferguson

        18th century changes in two Guildford churches: Holy Trinity and St Nicholas
      • 3.55 Chairman's closing remarks and close
      • Morning and afternoon refreshments are included. Please make your own

        arrangements for lunch. It is recommended to bring a packed lunch as there are no cafes near the Surrey History Centre.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Tickets £15.00 and are available to book online at Surrey Archaeological Society with Paypal.
When
30 Mar 2019 at 9:30am
until 30 Mar 2019 at 4:00pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

The Restless Kings: Henry II, his sons and the wars for the Plantagenet crown

Saturday 23 March, 2pm - 3.30pm
  • Dr Nick Barratt is an author, broadcaster and historian best known for his work on BBC's Who Do You Think You Are. He is an honorary associate professor of public history at the University of Nottingham, the Director of Senate House Library (University of London), a teaching fellow at the University of Dundee and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His latest publication, The Restless Kings, explores the reigns of Henry II, Richard I and John. He is currently the President of the Federation of Family History Societies and sits on the Executive Committee of the Community Archives and Heritage Group
  • Tickets - £10, £5 for Surrey History Trust members.
  • 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
23 Mar 2019 at 2:00pm
until 23 Mar 2019 at 3:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Keeping it in the Family: a Four Week Course Reading and Interpreting Legal Records of Inheritance for Genealogy

  • With special reference to the handwriting of examples from before 1800, this course introduces the use of title deeds, wills and manorial records for family history.
  • Week 1 - 21 March 10am - 12.30pm

    Discusses marriage settlements, deeds of arrangement between families to provide for the couple during their lives and for the inheritance of their heirs. We look at a deed and introduce some techniques of palaeography.
  • Week 2 - 28 March 10am - 12.30pm

    Discusses wills and where to find them, with a detailed look at reading one in 16th century Secretary Hand.
  • Weeks 3 and 4 - 4 and 11 April 10am - 12.30pm

    Discuss manorial records, which document inheritance by tenants even where they may have been too poor to make a will. We look at some 18th century examples and introduce how to extract and interpret information from court rolls.
  • £60 - booked as a complete 4 week course.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • When
    21 Mar 2019 at 10:00am
    until 11 Apr 2019 at 12:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Six Week Family History 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.

    Fridays (10am - 1pm): 22 March, 29 March, 5 April, 12 April, 26 April, 3 May

    £80 – booked as a complete 6 week course.

    Full course structure (PDF).

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

    Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
    When
    22 Mar 2019 at 10:00am
    until 03 May 2019 at 1:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Room Hire at Surrey History Centre

    Are you looking for a venue in Woking to host a meeting, event or group session? Why not hire a room at Surrey History Centre? Our conference room can seat up to 80 and can also be divided into two smaller rooms. All rooms are ideal for events, meetings, workshops or training.

    The air-conditioned rooms can be laid out in theatre, boardroom, classroom or horseshoe style. Our Conference Room holds up to 80 people seated theatre style. This can be split into two smaller rooms; the Seminar Room seats up to 20 people and the Events Room up to 15.

    Rooms are available from 9:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Weekend hire may be possible; please ask. We have disabled access with designated parking bays.

    A data projector and microphone equipment can be hired. We have a large screen available for use with the projectors and can also provide flipcharts and pens. A hearing loop is available in the Seminar and Conference Room.

    Tea, coffee, biscuits and lunches can be provided:

    1 serving of tea & coffee £1.50 per head

    2 servings of tea & coffee £2.50 per head

    3 servings of tea & coffee £3.30 per head

    Buffet lunch £9.00 per head

    (A 10% handling fee is also charged)

    We have hot drinks vending machines in the foyer and conference room as well as a selection of snacks available for sale.

    Rates:

    Conference room: Full day £350 Half day £180

    Seminar room: Full day £180 Half day £100

    Events room: Full day £180 Half day £100

    Find out more online bit.ly/shcroomhire or contact our admin team - shc.admin@surreycc.gov.uk.

    Make a Poppy and Medal - Half Term Activities

    Tuesday 23 - Saturday 27 October during normal opening hours
    • See our opening hours
    • Join us for free family drop in activities to learn about our Surrey in the Great War project and to commemorate our County's heroes in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.
    • Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children.
    • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
    When
    23 Oct 2018 at 9:30am
    until 27 Oct 2018 at 4:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Can you dig it? Free family activities!

    Are you an Archaeologist in the making? Do you enjoy getting messy and discovering new things?

    Come along to Surrey History Centre on 20th October where Surrey Heritage will have REAL artefacts to explore, clean and discover for children of all ages. There will also be plenty of arts and craft activities including historical

    costumes to play dress up... and better still, it’s all for FREE!

    The March of the Women Community Day

    Saturday 24 November, 10am - 4pm
    • Join us for an exciting day celebrating Surrey's suffrage connections, including:
    • Programme
      • 10.00am Introduction and welcome
      • 10.05am Rosie Everritt, Project Archivist & Holly Parsons, Project Officer
      • The March of the Women: Discovering Surrey's Road to the Vote
      • 10.45am Kathy Atherton
      • The Money behind the Militant Movement: Emmeline and Fred Pethick-Lawrence
      • 11.15am Coffee break
      • 11.45pm The March of the Women schools radio play extract
      • 12.00pm Tessa Boase
      • Mrs Lemon, the 'Dragon' of Redhill: saviour of the birds & anti-suffrage champion
      • 12.30pm Carol Brown
      • Guildford suffrage
      • 1.00pm Lunch break

        A chance to buy authors' books & see displays; lunch is not provided
      • 1.50pm LynchPin Theatre group

        Presents the inspiration for their witty new local suffrage play When The Cat's Away (written and directed by Claire Parker)
      • 2.20pm Comfort break
      • 2.30pm Dr Elizabeth Crawford
      • Suffrage Art and Artists - how artists helped promote the women's suffrage campaign, in particular those with Surrey associations
      • 3.30pm Round-up and close
    • Plus Suffrage selfies, displays and author book sales (cash and cheques only please, no card payments).
    • Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day but please make your own lunch arrangements.
    • Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
    • 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.
    • Speaker biographies:
      • Kathy Atherton - The Money behind the Militant Movement: Emmeline and Fred Pethick-Lawrence. After an MPhil in 17th Century Studies, Kathy wrote much of 'H' as an editor at the Oxford English Dictionary. She then spent 10 years as a city lawyer during which time she came across the plaque marking the site of Fred and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrences' London home, once the headquarters of Mrs Pankhurst's Women's Social and Political Union. She has been researching the lives of Fred and Emmeline ever since, and the fight for the vote in the Surrey Hills area for more than ten years. Suffragettes, Suffragists and Antis - the fight for the vote in the Surrey Hills was published in 2017 by Dorking Museum's Cockerel Press and her book on the relationship between the Pethick-Lawrences and the Pankhursts will be published by Pen & Sword in early 2019.
      • Elizabeth Crawford - Suffrage Art and Artists. An illustrated talk describing how artists helped promote the women's suffrage campaign, in particular those with Surrey associations. Suffrage expert Elizabeth Crawford's latest book is Art and Suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists (Francis Boutle, 2018). Among her other books are: The Women's Suffrage Movement: a reference guide 1866-1928 (Routledge), The Women's Suffrage Movement: a regional survey (Routledge), and Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Parry Frye's suffrage diary (Francis Boutle). She is the owner of Women and Her Sphere, a business in selling antiquarian books, postcards, pamphlets and ephemera by and about women.
      • Tessa Boase - Mrs Lemon, the 'Dragon' of Redhill: saviour of the birds & anti-suffrage champion. Author Tessa Boase reveals the links between two fascinating, untold stories: the birth of the RSPB, and the Women's National Anti-Suffrage League. For half a century, from 1889-1939, Etta Lemon was the invisible dynamo behind the RSPB. Her aim was simple: to stamp out the cruel fashion for feathers in hats. From the first, polite Victorian tea party, to an angry brick through a Home Office window, Etta's movement pre-dated then shadowed the suffrage campaign. But she did not see eye-to-eye with the politics of Emmeline Pankhurst. Journalist and social historian Tessa Boase is author of The Housekeeper's Tale and Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather. Born in East Sussex, she now lives in Hastings with her family.
      • Carol Brown – Noeline Baker and the suffrage movement around Guildford. 1910 was an important year for Noeline Baker and the fight for Women's Suffrage. The local Suffrage Society was formed with her as its first honourable Secretary and other women of note were involved, including Gertrude Jekyll. As members of the Surrey Hampshire and Sussex Federation of the NUWSS (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies) their work extended beyond Guildford into Surrey. Men too played and important role. This illustrated talk will look at those important years and also touch on how they carried on the fight through the war. Carol is a local historian with a special interest in Women's History. Now retired, Carol worked at Guildford Museum for 30 years and, while there, was involved with publishing a book on the history of Bellfields and its social housing. She has also specialised in Women and The Special Operations Executive (SOE). Carol now spends her time researching, volunteering, church life, and spending time with her two grandchildren.
      • LynchPin Theatre – presents the inspiration for their witty new suffrage play When the Cat's Away. "That Ragtime Suffragette, Oh she's no household pet!". 1914. Windows smashed. Women on the run. The militant campaign for the Vote is at its peak. This beguiling comedy drama is inspired by the real-life stories, the songs and the spirit of the women who won the right to vote a century ago. Written and directed by Claire Parker to celebrate the spirit of the women who won the right to vote in 1918. Claire is also the author of Rotten Perfect, her play produced at the Watts Gallery in 2017-2018. Find out more about LynchPin.
    When
    24 Nov 2018 at 10:00am
    until 24 Nov 2018 at 4:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Armistice Commemoration

    Saturday 10 November, 1 - 5pm
    • Join us for an afternoon of sound, displays, film and a talk by Roland Wales: 'Armistice & After: The post-war struggles of Surrey's WW1 Heroes'. As the Armistice bells rang out, the costs of victory were already clear: Britain had drained itself of money and men in its attempt to secure victory, and had turned its society inside out to keep the trenches full of soldiers and its economy operating at full tilt. Now, the nation's housing, ships and railways had to be renewed, and work had to be found for 4 million demobilised soldiers and millions of ex-munitions workers. Demands and disputes which had been bottled up during the war years rose to the surface, straining the fragile bonds of wartime solidarity, and dashing Lloyd George's vision of a 'Land Fit for Heroes.'
    • Tickets are free but booking is essential.
    • 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
    10 Nov 2018 at 1:00pm
    until 10 Nov 2018 at 5:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Six week Family History Course

    (Fridays, 10am–1pm): 14 September, 21 September, 28 September, 5 October, 12 October, 19 October.

    • 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.
    • £80 – booked as a complete 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.
    • Family History full course information (PDF).
    When
    14 Sep 2018 at 10:00am
    until 19 Oct 2018 at 1:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND