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Heritage events

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.

Researching the First World War

  • Autumn Meeting of the Local History Committee of Surrey Archaeological Society
  • Saturday 18 October 2014 starting at 1pm
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND


1.00 pm Chairman’s Introduction

1.05 pm Julian Martin (Surrey Infantry Museum) "What did you do in the war grandad?"

1.45 pm Questions and discussion

1.50 pm John Callcut (Newdigate Local History Society) "Newdigate, a Village at War"

2.30 pm Questions and discussion

2.35 pm Tea break

2.55 pm Phil Cooper (Surrey History Centre) "A County Remembers: Surrey in the Great War"

3.35 pm Questions and discussion

3.45 pm Close

  • Cost £8, which will include refreshments, payable on the day.
  • Places are limited.  To book please call 01737 765508 or email or write to 10 Hurstleigh Drive, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 2AA 

Heritage Showcase 2014 - Discover history right on your doorstep

  • Saturday 25 October 12noon – 4pm
  • Chertsey Hall, Heriot Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9DR
  • Free entry

The event will focus on Chertsey and its immediate area, including Addlestone, Lyne, Long Cross and Ottershaw. This will be our third Heritage Showcase in the county which is a unique event that brings together not only the experts and amazing resources held at Surrey History Centre, but also local organisations and societies to showcase the heritage of the area.  Highlights for the day include:

  • Illustrated talks including a presentation on funerary deposits in the Thames
  • Stands and displays from a range of local organisations
  • Family activities ranging from mini archaeology digs to arts and crafts
  • Ask the expert sessions – Surrey Heritage experts in conservation, archives and archaeological finds will be offering FREE practical, professional advice. Books, letters, documents, maps, photographs and unknown muddy objects are all welcome!

Picture the Past - Half Term Activities

  • Tuesday 28 October – Saturday 1 November 2014 during normal opening hours
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND
  • Come along to the Surrey History Centre and step back in time in our history scene. Make history props, dress up and add yourself to our great history picture. Try being a photo detective and other activities!
  • FREE
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children

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.

The Great War: From India to Woking

  • Tuesday 4 November – Saturday 29 November 2014 during normal opening hours
  • Free display in the foyer at Surrey History Centre , 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND
  • More than a million Indian soldiers fought for Britain in the First World War. This display of images, produced by Woking Borough Council and the Shah Jahan Mosque, demonstrates the importance of Woking as both a site of worship and a final resting place for Muslim troops of the British Indian Army.  Discover the history of Woking’s Muslim Burial Ground, commissioned in 1915 and see the exciting new plans for this unique memorial.

Surrey Infantry’s World War One Victoria Crosses - A talk by Ian EJ Chatfield

  • Saturday 29 November 2014 at 2.30pm
  • 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.
  • This talk will tell the stories behind the award of the Victoria Cross to the 14 members of the Queen’s and East Surrey’s from the Defence of Hill 60 in the battle for Ypres to the capture of Turkish Guns in Palestine.  Private Dwyer at 19 years old was the youngest man to receive the award at the time and Private Jack Harvey who on his own captured an enemy dugout and compelled the 37 occupants to surrender are just two of the 14.

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.

We Will Remember Them - First World War family history workshop in Surrey Libraries

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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