Celebrating cultural heritage in Surrey

Surrey Libraries and Surrey History Centre partner with local community groups

Surrey County Councils' Woking Library and Surrey History Centre have been working in partnership with two community groups to celebrate their cultural history within Surrey.

Chinese British Exhibition at Woking Library

Inspired by the British Library's Chinese and British exhibition running between 18 November 2022 to 23 April 2023 a new display at Woking Library draws on personal stories and moments of national significance to ask what it means to be Chinese and British.

Surrey Libraries are partnered with the Chinese Association of Woking to launch the exhibition with a launch that was a celebration of Chinese British culture and the local community.

June Feng, from the Chinese Association of Woking, said: 'The Chinese Association of Woking is very privileged to be part of this Chinese and British exhibition held by British Libraries. We sincerely wish this exhibition a great success! Thanks to Surrey and Woking for their consistent support.'

The exhibition is on display at Woking Library from 17 November 2022 until 4 January 2023. The display will then move onto Egham Library, followed by Farnham Library and then closes at Reigate Library on 22 April. Alongside the exhibition, there is a programme of related events happening at Woking Library including Chinese Storytimes, Tai Chi and Origami.

Follow @SurreyLibraries on Twitter for updates and more details. You can also visit the Living Knowledge Network in Surrey libraries web page for more information.

Seven Trees to mark the centenary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Association UK

Staff at the Surrey History Centre, the county archive run by Surrey County Council, welcomed members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to plant seven trees to mark the centenary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Association UK.

For many years Surrey History Centre has worked closely with the Woking Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and were delighted to celebrate this partnership by planting several 'Heritage Peace' trees in their grounds as part of Surrey County Council's contribution to this initiative.

Simon Harding, Acting Service Manager for Libraries and Heritage added "The trees were chosen to symbolise peace and flourish in the local environment, which not only helps to improve the biodiversity in Surrey but also continues to show that Surrey Heritage's work is at its strongest when delivered in partnership with our communities, that will only grow stronger over time".

The peace trees can be seen in the grounds of Surrey History Centre.

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