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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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
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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