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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Colours - Free drop in family activities

Come along to Surrey History Centre and explore the colours in our collection. Make a suncatcher, create your own rainbow, colour in and other free craft activities. Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children.

Buggy friendly and accessible building with free parking on site as well as baby change facilities.

Opening times

Monday: closed

Tuesday: 9.30am to 5pm

Wednesday: 10am to 5pm

Thursday: 9.30am to 5pm

Friday: 9.30am to 5pm

Saturday: Second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 9.30am to 4.15pm

Sunday: closed
When
16 Aug 2022 at 9:30am
until 26 Aug 2022 at 5:00pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Artists, Antiquaries and Collectors: illustrations of Georgian Surrey collected by Robert Barclay of Bury Hill, Dorking, c.1800 to 1825

The late eighteenth century witnessed a craze among antiquaries and gentlemen collectors for collecting engravings and portraits to bind into published works of local history. Robert Barclay's collection of over 2000 prints, watercolours and drawings, compiled to illustrate his copy of Manning and Bray's History and Antiquities of the County of Surrey (1804-1814) includes over 500 original watercolours of Surrey buildings by John and Edward Hassell, John Carter and Henry de Cort, which reflect the opposing contemporary tastes for picturesque views and antiquarian precision.

  • Tickets: £5.
  • Zoom event.
  • Please book a place online. You will then be sent the Zoom joining information with your unique password.
When
23 Nov 2022 at 5:30pm
until 23 Nov 2022 at 6:45pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

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

This talk will explore how Surrey's people and communities responded to the unprecedented challenge of the first global war between industrialised nations.

  • Tickets: £5.
  • Zoom event.
  • Please book a place online. You will then be sent the Zoom joining information with your unique password.
When
09 Nov 2022 at 5:30pm
until 09 Nov 2022 at 6:45pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Surrey History Trust presents 'The second editions are the ones to have'; revising the Pevsner Architectural Guide to Surrey by Charles O'Brien

The first edition of the Buildings of England volume for Surrey was published in 1962, co-authored by Nikolaus Pevsner and Ian Nairn. In November 2022 the first fully revised edition since 1971 will be published. Its author Charles O'Brien is the series editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides and has revisited every part of the county and hundreds of buildings to bring the guide up to date and expand its coverage. He has researched, edited and written several volumes in the series since 1997 and will talk about the history of the series and the tasks of revision as well as some discoveries that have come to light in the course of research.

The Pevsner Architectural Guides, were begun in 1951 by the architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-83) with the aim of providing an up-to-date portable guide to the most significant buildings in every part of the country, suitable for both general reader and specialist. Each volume provides an introductory overview of the architecture of the area, followed by a descriptive gazetteer arranged alphabetically by place. Whilst cathedrals and their furnishings, great country houses and their parks form the grand set pieces, the books demonstrate the enjoyable diversity of architecture in the British Isles in accounts of rural churches and farmsteads, Victorian public buildings and industrial monuments.

  • Tickets: £5.
  • Please book a place online. Please note there are two booking forms, one form for the in person talk at Surrey History Centre and one form for the streamed Zoom event. If the Zoom event is booked, you will be sent the Zoom joining information with your unique password shortly afterwards.
When
02 Nov 2022 at 8:30pm
until 02 Nov 2022 at 8:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

The Book That Changed My Life

This talk tells the story of how the purchase of an anonymous pocket diary in a London bookshop led Julian Pooley to discover extensive and previously unknown archives of John Nichols (1745-1826). Nichols was one of Georgian London's most prominent printers and a leading antiquary whose History and Antiquities of the Town and County of Leicester 4 vols (1795-1815) transformed the way that English local history was written and illustrated. For three generations he and his family edited and printed the Gentleman's Magazine. The vast archive of family and business papers which he and his successors accumulated inspired his granddaughter to form her own collection of autograph letters, augmented by exchange with other collectors and by purchases in the London and Paris salerooms. This internationally significant collection, which includes many documents relating to Surrey, is now part of the 20,000 Nichols papers calendared and accessible via the Nichols Archive Database which is available via appointment at Surrey History Centre.

  • Tickets: £5.
  • Please book a place online. You will then be sent the Zoom joining information with your unique password.
  • Please note, this talk was previously given at the Surrey History Trust AGM in 2021.
When
05 Oct 2022 at 5:30pm
until 05 Oct 2022 at 6:45pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

John Evelyn in Surrey

The talk discusses the diarist, virtuoso and horticulturalist John Evelyn (1620-1706), born in Surrey to a family made wealthy through the early English gunpowder industry. Evelyn's diary, covering c.1643-1706, is what now makes him famous, and since its first publication by William Bray, the Surrey antiquary, in the early 19th century, it has been a key source for 17th century scholars and local historians of Surrey.

  • Tickets: £5.
  • Please book a place online. You will then be sent the Zoom joining information with your unique password.
When
26 Oct 2022 at 5:30pm
until 26 Oct 2022 at 6:45pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Where there's a will

Whilst there is no getting around the fact that not everyone left wills, they can still be a wonderful resource for genealogical research and provide a fascinating window into our ancestors' past. This talk looks at wills and probate records – primarily to establish what type of records they are, where they might be found and most importantly, what can they tell a keen family and local historian.

  • Tickets: £5.
  • Zoom event.
  • Please book a place online. You will then be sent the Zoom joining information with your unique password.
When
07 Sep 2022 at 5:30pm
until 07 Sep 2022 at 6:45pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

A Burden on the Parish: sources for the history of Poor Relief in Surrey

This talk discusses the range of sources for the history of poor relief in Surrey from the sixteenth century to the eve of the Second World War. Parish records, family papers, quarter sessions records, charity and business papers, early printed sources and even illustrations can all provide vivid insights into the plight of the poor and the duties of those responsible for helping them.

  • Tickets: £5.
  • Zoom event.
  • Please book a place online. You will then be sent the Zoom joining information with your unique password.
When
21 Sep 2022 at 5:30pm
until 21 Sep 2022 at 6:45pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

A Palaeography Primer: get started reading old handwriting

Thursday 7 May and Thursday 14 May, 10am - 12.30pm
  • A two week course for beginners in reading older handwriting, or those who want to refresh their knowledge. Working in detail through some examples from the 16th century (Secretary hand) to the early 18th century, we will discuss techniques for deciphering, interpreting the records and reference books. Including guidance on abbreviations, numerals and understanding Old Style dates.
  • £30 booked as a two week course, includes refreshments.
  • 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 May 2020 at 10:00am
until 14 May 2020 at 12:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

Family History Online - CANCELLED

CANCELLED

Saturday 28 March, 10am - 12.30pm

  • A workshop devoted to tips and techniques for exploring your family history using the many and varied sources available online. In addition to learning more about the large commercial websites such as Ancestry.com and Find My Past, we will also include information on using the Family Search website and hopefully introduce you to many wonderful free websites. We will also touch on how to share your information online and keep it secure.
  • Tickets: £15 includes refreshments.
  • 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
28 Mar 2020 at 10:00am
until 28 Mar 2020 at 12:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND