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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The Carol, the Carter and the Collectors. A talk by Irene Shettle

  • Irene Shettle follows the journey of the Christmas carol “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” from its 19th century origins in Philadelphia to its publication in England nearly fifty years later with a new tune and arrangement in 1906. Her talk focuses on the life and music of Henry Garman, the Surrey farm labourer who introduced two important local folksong collectors, the Rev John Broadwood and Ralph Vaughan Williams, to the ballad which was to form the basis of the well-loved tune which is now widely sung at Christmas every year.

  • Irene Shettle has had a love of singing and an interest in traditional folksong from an early age. She won the title "Singer of the National" at the song competition of the National Folk Music Festival in 2000, and has been a resident singer at the Music Institute Folk Club in Guildford since it began in 2005. While she has continued with her singing pursuits, her research into the life and work of the Victorian/Edwardian folksong collector and researcher Lucy Broadwood has led to the presentation of shows or talks about Lucy and her fellow collectors on numerous occasions, as either a solo performer, or as part of a duo with much missed multi-instrumentalist Ralph Jordan, for folk festivals, clubs, arts venues and local societies.

  • Tickets £5.00. It is advisable to book early as places are limited.

  • 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
02 Nov 2019 at 2:00pm
until 02 Nov 2019 at 3:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Surrey Archaeological Society's Local History Committee and Surrey Heritage present People, Places and Events: Local History from Journals and Magazines

  • Programme:
    • 11.00 - 11.30 Registration and coffee
    • 11.30 - 12.10 Keith Moore, Head of Library and Information Services, The Royal Society

      The Royal Society of Surrey
    • 12.10 - 12.50 Amy Williams, Collection Development Librarian, Royal Horticultural Society

      "A pleasant link with the past": what gardening periodicals can tell us about local history
    • 12.50 - 1.10 Carole Garrard, Local Studies Librarian, Surrey Heritage

      Local History Periodicals in Surrey History Centre's Library
    • 1.10 - 2.00 Lunch and display of some curious periodicals in the search room
    • 2.00 - 2.45 Julian Pooley, Public Services and Engagement Manager, Surrey Heritage

      Local News in a National Context: A Panoramic View of Georgian Surrey through 'The Gentleman's Magazine'
    • 2.45 - 3.15 Discussion, tea and close
  • Tickets £12.00 in advance £15.00 on the day.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • You can book online at the Surrey Archaeological Society website with card payment using Paypal. It is advisable to book early as places are limited.
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments are included. Please make your own arrangements for lunch.
  • When
    30 Nov 2019 at 11:00am
    until 30 Nov 2019 at 3:15pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Romany and Traveller Family History Society Open Day

  • Come and find out about your Romany Gypsy, Traveller or Fairground ancestors at this RTFHS Open Day at Surrey History Centre. Specialist books and guides on sale. Family history displays. Research helpdesk.
  • At 2.00pm Beverley Walker, Secretary of the RTFHS, will talk about how to research your Romany Gypsy family tree.
  • For full details of this event, please go to the Romany and Traveller History Society website or email them at enquiries@rtfhs.org.uk.
  • When
    12 Oct 2019 at 10:30am
    until 12 Oct 2019 at 3:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    'Mad with Fright': Trench Warfare and British Perceptions of Courage during the First World War

    Talk with Edward Madigan, Royal Holloway, University of London - Saturday 14 September, 2pm - 3.30pm
    • The First World War was the bloodiest conflict in British history. Static wars of attrition had been waged before, but never on such a vast scale, over such a protracted period of time, and at such devastating human cost. For the men caught up in the maelstrom of battle, the experience of combat was often stressful, frightening and traumatic. And yet while cases of psychological distress and breakdown were common, most soldiers coped remarkably well with the demands of the trench war. This talk will explore the nature of trench warfare and the ways in British which soldiers responded to the demands of front-line service. It will also touch on the work of the R. C. Sherriff, the author of the play, Journey's End, which is now regarded as a classic of First World War literature, to comment on wartime understandings of courage.
    • Edward Madigan is Senior Lecturer in Public History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research combines military, social and cultural history and he is particularly interested in the British and Irish experience and memory of the First World War. His publications include Faith Under Fire: Anglican Army Chaplains and the Great War (2011, 2017), Towards Commemoration: Ireland in War and Revolution, 1912-1923 (with John Horne, 2013), and, with Gideon Reuveni, The Jewish Experience of the First World War (2018).
    • Tickets £10. Surrey History Trust Members: £5. It is advisable to book early as places are limited.
    • 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
    14 Sep 2019 at 2:00pm
    until 14 Sep 2019 at 3:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    Barnes Wallis - One Man – Many Ideas. The Life and Work of Barnes Wallis, Engineer, Designer, Inventor, Teacher..

    Talk with Peter Rix - Saturday 7 September, 2pm - 3.30pm.Free exhibition from Tuesday 2 - Saturday 28 September in our foyer during normal opening hours.
    • Sir Barnes Wallis is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb that was used to attack the dams of the Ruhr Valley during World War 2. However there is much more to be told of his intriguing life. Peter Rix of The Barnes Wallis Foundation will tell us about the huge range of work of this British engineering genius; from the start of his working life at Barrow in Furness working on airships, later the Wellington bomber, the legendary bouncing bomb and developments leading to supersonic flight. We will also learn about his many other ideas and of his interesting private life.
    • Tickets £5. It is advisable to book early as places are limited.
    • 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
    07 Sep 2019 at 2:00pm
    until 07 Sep 2019 at 3:30pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    As a Training Ground for War: How Sport Prepares Soldiers for the Battlefield

    Free exhibition from Friday 16 - Friday 30 August in our foyer during normal opening hours.
    • The Army has always played sport. Through peacetime and war, the British soldier has carried the boxing glove alongside the bayonet. Army sport evokes a series of striking images, from footballs being kicked across No Man's Land in the First World War, to 80,000 spectators roaring on the Army vs Navy rugby match at Twickenham.
    • Sport builds qualities of fitness, discipline and camaraderie. It teaches soldiers to negotiate battlefield obstacles, operate effectively together and develop the determination to win. It is recognised as a crucial factor in maintaining the physical development and operational capability of the Army.
    • This exhibition focuses on the ways that sport prepares soldiers for the battlefield. It explores the three key strands of fitness, teamwork and fighting capability through historic and current day examples of military and sporting equipment.
    • These range from the Olympic wrestling medal won by a First World War unarmed combat specialist to the gloves worn by the Army boxing team in Inter-Service and international competitions in 2018.
    • The exhibition draws on the collections of several military and sporting museums, as well as the current Army. It forms part of Sporting Heritage and the Armed Forces, a collaboration between the Army Museums Ogilby Trust and Sporting Heritage networks. This aims to uncover, share, and celebrate collections with a focus on sporting heritage and the Armed Forces.
    • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
    When
    16 Aug 2019
    until 30 Aug 2019
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    We're all going on a past summer holiday - free drop in family activities!

    Tuesday 6 - Friday 23 August during normal opening hours.
    • Come along to the Surrey History Centre and learn about the holidays that people went on in the past! Enjoy free drop in arts and craft activities for ages 3 - 12. Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children.
    • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
    When
    06 Aug 2019 at 9:30am
    until 23 Aug 2019 at 5:00pm
    Where
    Surrey History Centre
    130 Goldsworth Road
    Woking
    GU21 6ND

    "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