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Heritage events

The Last Summer: Surrey on the Eve of the Great War

  • Free display in the foyer 3 June 2014 - 2 August 2014 during normal opening times
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND
  • On the 4 August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany. The First World War had begun and life would never be the same again. Using archives and local studies materials from Surrey History Centre, this exhibition will provide a snapshot of Surrey in the last summer before the outbreak of war. It will explore family and school life, news reported the county’s press, sport and leisure. It will assess Surrey’s concerns with women’s suffrage and also look at the county’s changing landscape at the opening of the twentieth century and at its industrial life before the Great War.

Surrey Communities – Researching and Commemorating the Great War in Surrey

  • Saturday 19 July 2014 1pm – 4pm
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND
  • Free

An event celebrating the research being undertaken by groups and communities around Surrey into the Great War 1914-1918. Representatives from three fascinating projects will discuss their research into the stories of their communities in the Great War and how they shared their research with audiences across Surrey and beyond.

  • Haslemere Young People's Exhibition Team (HYPE) from Haslemere Educational Museum
  • RH7 History Group at Lingfield
  • Dan Leissner, Volunteer and Lucy Harris, Project Leader at Kingston Museum

What did the researchers find out? How did audiences respond to their research? How would they advise others undertaking similar community projects over the centenary period to 2018?  This event will be of particular interest for anyone embarking upon a research project, for those thinking about how to share their research with audiences, or interested in understanding more about the impact of the Great War on the County of Surrey.

This event if free, but please book your place.  Book in person at Surrey History Centre, on 01483 518737 or shs@surreycc.gov.uk

Mystical Myths and Legends

  • Saturday 26 July - Saturday 30 August during normal opening hours
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND
  • Find out about myths and legends from around the world.  Enjoy fun crafts, a quiz and other drop in family activities.
  • Free
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children

Woking Palace Excavations September 2014

We Will Remember Them - First World War family history workshops in Surrey Libraries September 2014 to June 2015

Mapping the Past: Surrey’s Mapmakers, Historians and Artists, 1600-1830

  • A display to celebrate the bicentenary of the completion of Owen Manning and William Bray’s History and Antiquities of Surrey in 1814
  • A free display in the foyer throughout October during normal opening times
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND

This display is a celebration of the work of these men, whose collective labours have immeasurably enriched our knowledge of Surrey and whose work provides the firm basis for all subsequent research.The recording of the history and topography of Surrey, in map, word and paint, reflects the cumulative efforts of a host of surveyors, amateur historians and artists working from the late sixteenth century. They were responding to the demands of the county gentry, who were now likely to be university educated or trained in law and far more literate than their medieval forbears. These gentlemen, who met regularly to carry out county business, had a growing sense of pride in Surrey's history and traditions. Their ownership of large estates and their desire to defend their titles prompted them to delve into the past and set down in maps and manuscripts their property and how they had come by it.

The great county histories were born out of the enthusiasm of this educated elite and their sense that the Reformation had irrevocably altered the face of the county and that much was in danger of being lost if not recorded. The work of the historians in turn prompted artists to immortalise the historic towns, houses and landscapes of Surrey.

Owen Manning, William Bray and the writing of Surrey’s County History, 1760-1832

  • A talk by Julian Pooley FSA to mark the bicentenary of the completion of this encyclopaedia of Surreys' past.
  • Thursday 2 October 2014 at 7.30pm
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND
  • Tickets £5 each. Please Book Online or in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library.

Manning and Bray’s History and Antiquities of the County of Surrey took more than forty years to research and thirteen to publish. Though acknowledged as one of the finest county histories of its day, its production was fraught with difficulties. The papers of those involved testify to the support given by a national network of antiquaries. This talk, drawing on the rich archive materials of Manning and Bray, the antiquary Richard Gough and the printer, John Nichols charts the research and production of a county history which was completed in 1814 and remains a basic tool for students of Surrey’s past. 

The New Silva - a Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the 21st Century

  • Gabriel Hemery follows in the footsteps of John Evelyn
  • Saturday 4 October 2014 at 2.30pm
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND
  • Tickets £5 each until 13 September, thereafter £6. Please Book Online or in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library.  Credit card bookings can be made by telephone on 01483 543599, a small handling charge may apply.

The Quick and the Dead - A talk by Richard van Emden

  • The Surrey Heritage Annual Lecture
  • Saturday 8 November 2014 at 2.30pm
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND
  • Tickets £10 each, including refreshments. Please Book Online or in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library.
  • The Quick and the Dead is the story not only of the soldiers who went to war and did not return, but also of the wives and children they left behind to mourn. This talk will look at how a whole nation came to terms with the devastating news of casualties at the front, and how a few unscrupulous individuals sought to profit from other people’s misery. It also examines the sometimes controversial subject of where the dead were to be interred, as well as how the fallen would be commemorated at the end of the Great War.

Military Ancestry Roadshow

  • Saturday 18 April 2015 10.30am - 4.00pm
  • Andy Robertshaw at Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND
  • Tickets, including refreshments, £5 until 31 August, thereafter £6.  Please Book Online.  Tickets can also be bought in person from Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library. Credit card bookings can be made by telephone on 01483 543599, a small handling charge may apply.
  • Do you have medals, items of uniform, photos, letters or other ephemera from your family’s military past? Our panel of experts will help you identify them, guide you to further information sources and reveal what these items say about your relative’s military history.  No financial valuations will be given. Emphasis will be placed on the historical value of the items. You are welcome to bring along items from any military period although we would prefer you left live ammunition at home.
  • This event is part of Surrey Libraries’ War and Words programme of commemorative events for the First World War Centenary.

Identification and recording of finds

Come along to Guildford Museum and see David Williams, Surrey Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. For people with metal detectors and other finders of objects of archaeological interest. Second Saturday of each month 11am to 1pm at Guildford Museum 01483 444750

Surrey History Centre made easy

Why not join us at Surrey History Centre for an informal tour of the search room? This half hour informative tour includes an introduction to using the indexes and catalogues, how to explore the maps and library and how to order documents from the strong rooms. First Tuesday each month 10am to 10.30am. No need to book. Free of charge.

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  • Updated: 03 Jun 2013
  • Sally Jenkinson
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