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Researching Your Irish Family History

Saturday 23 November, 10am - 12.30pm

  • A talk devoted to exploring sources and resources for Irish family history. During the morning we will cover most aspects of Irish genealogical research, including the recent publication of online Irish records, and there will be a Q and A session along with plenty of opportunities for discussion. There will also be a bibliography and list of useful websites to take away.
  • Tickets: £12.50 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.

Behind the Scenes Tours - National Lottery #Thankstoyou Campaign

Wednesday 27 November, 10.30am - 12pm

  • Explore behind the scenes of Surrey History Centre which holds the archive for the county of Surrey. We have over 6 miles of shelving in our strongrooms, housing old newspapers, maps, census, photographs, illustrations, letters from Henry VIII and documents dating back to the 12th Century! The tour will also include visits to our archaeology processing room and specialised paper conservation unit.
  • The tour will begin at 10.30am and take approximately an hour and a half. Surrey History Centre is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Places are free but please bring a lottery ticket along as proof of purchase.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Tickets are free but please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Surrey Archaeological Society's Local History Committee and Surrey Heritage present People, Places and Events: Local History from Journals and Magazines

Saturday 30 November, 11am - 3.15pm

  • Programme:
    • 11.00 - 11.30 Registration and coffee
    • 11.30 - 12.10 Keith Moore, Head of Library and Information Services, The Royal Society
      The Royal Society of Surrey
    • 12.10 - 12.50 Amy Williams, Collection Development Librarian, Royal Horticultural Society
      "A pleasant link with the past": what gardening periodicals can tell us about local history
    • 12.50 - 1.10 Carole Garrard, Local Studies Librarian, Surrey Heritage
      Local History Periodicals in Surrey History Centre's Library
    • 1.10 - 2.00 Lunch and display of some curious periodicals in the search room
    • 2.00 - 2.45 Julian Pooley, Public Services and Engagement Manager, Surrey Heritage
      Local News in a National Context: A Panoramic View of Georgian Surrey through 'The Gentleman's Magazine'
    • 2.45 - 3.15 Discussion, tea and close
  • Tickets: £12.00 in advance £15.00 on the day.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • You can book online at the Surrey Archaeological Society website with card payment using Paypal. Or send a cheque made payable to Surrey Archaeological Society at Surrey Archaeological Society, Castle Arch, Guildford GU1 4SX. Confirmation will be sent by e-mail and your name added to the register of attendees. (Please send an sae if your wish for a postal confirmation). It is advisable to book early as places are limited.
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments are included. Please make your own arrangements for lunch.

Make a Victorian Beaded Bauble

Wednesday 4 December, 10.15am - 4pm

  • Join us to create your own Victorian inspired beaded Christmas decoration. During this workshop, the tutor will help you step-by-step to create a beautiful festive bauble for you to take home. No experience necessary, all equipment included and refreshments provided. Lunch not included.
  • Tickets: £25.
  • 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.

Family History Course Reunion

Friday 17 January, 10.30am - 1pm

  • Have you taken a family history course or workshop at Surrey History Centre? If so come along to our reunion where they will be opportunities to catch up, swap tips and experiences with each other and gain advice from Surrey History Centre experts. There will also be a talk as detailed below and staff available to discuss the experience of DNA testing for family history and general family history advice. Tea, coffee and cake will be served.
    • Life and Labour in a County Village- or Learn to Love your Ag Labs!
    • A talk based on a study of a rural village on the Surrey/Hampshire border which reveals the often hidden lives of agricultural workers in the latter half of the 19th century. The talk focuses on the changes to agricultural life in general during this period, and also how these changes affected individuals and small communities. It also explores some of the many sources that can be used to discover more about agricultural labourers up to the outbreak of the First World War.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Tickets are free but please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Uncrowned Queen - The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch. A talk by Dr Nicola Tallis

Saturday 25 January, 2pm - 3.30pm

  • Dr Nicola Tallis will reveal the life of an extraordinarily ambitious and devoted woman who risked everything to ultimately found the Tudor dynasty.
  • During the bloody and uncertain days of the Wars of the Roses, Margaret Beaufort was married to the half brother of the Lancastrian king Henry VI. A year later she endured a traumatic birth that brought her and her son close to death. She was just thirteen years old.
  • As the battle for royal supremacy raged between the houses of Lancaster and York, Margaret, who was descended from Edward III and thus a critical threat, was forced to give up her son - she would be separated from him for fourteen years. But few could match Margaret for her boundless determination and steely courage. Surrounded by enemies and conspiracies in the enemy Yorkist court, Margaret remained steadfast, only just escaping the headman's axes as she plotted to overthrow Richard III in her efforts to secure her son the throne.
  • Against all odds, in 1485 Henry Tudor was victorious on the battlefield at Bosworth. Through Margaret's royal blood Henry was crowned Henry VII, King of England, and Margaret became the most powerful woman in England - Queen in all but name.
  • Dr Nicola Tallis is a British historian who has worked as a curator, researcher and lecturer. Author of previous books: 'Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey' and 'Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester', Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Matriarch is her latest publication. Graduating from Bath Spa University with a first class History degree, she completed a MA in Public History at Royal Holloway College, University of London and has a PhD from the University of Winchester. She has previously lectured at the University of Winchester and worked with Historic Royal Palaces and the National Trust.
  • Tickets: £6. In partnership with Friends of Woking Palace.
  • 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.

'Oscar – A Life'. A talk by Matthew Sturgis for Surrey History Trust

Saturday 15 February, 2pm – 3.30pm

  • Join us as part of LGBT History Month to hear Matthew Sturgis discuss his acclaimed biography of Oscar Wilde and his links with Surrey. Matthew Sturgis is a writer with a deep knowledge of the late Victorian cultural world. He is the author of acclaimed biographies of Aubrey Beardsley and Walter Sickert, as well as Passionate Attitudes: The English Decadence of the 1890s. He has contributed book reviews to the TLS, art criticism to Harpers & Queen and football reports to the Independent on Sunday. Oscar: A Life is nominated for The Wolfson History Prize 2019.
  • Tickets: £10. Surrey History Trust Members: £5.
  • 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.

Chancery Records for Family and Local History. A talk by Susan T. Moore

Wednesday 26 February, 2pm – 3.30pm

  • The talk will introduce those who are new to Chancery records to the wonders and riches of these records, with tales from the records, and a practical guide on how to find and interpret them. These records can confirm relationships for as many as 4 generations and they can give a personal insight onto the characters of your ancestors. Where else would you learn that:
    • "Barbara goes up and down to persons' houses like a beggar"
    • "James is a poor idle drunken fellow and his children are naked and starving"
    • "Edward was a very odd sort of person"
    • "John was damned for a stingy niggardly fellow by Edward". Not all cases will be as colourful as this, but this is a source that you ignore at your peril!
  • After graduating from the University of St Andrews, Susan T. Moore has spent her working life in archives and libraries carrying out historical and genealogical research for clients, and now specialises in Chancery Proceedings and other legal records, particularly those in the period 1500 to 1800. Her clients include those writing biographies, local histories, or house histories, lawyers, churches, bodies such as the National Trust, and of course genealogists and family historians.
  • Susan is the author of "Family Feuds - An Introduction to Chancery Proceedings" and "Tracing Your Family History in the Courts of Equity". Susan is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a trustee of the British Association for Local History and an accredited member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA. Susan is also a member of the Friends of the National Archives, Society of Genealogists, Archives for London, Community of Specialist Researchers, and many family and local history societies.
  • Tickets: £5.
  • 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.

'The Lives of Tudor Women'. A talk by Dr Elizabeth Norton

Saturday 7 March, 2pm - 3.30pm

  • On the eve of International Women's Day join us to learn more about women in the Tudor period.
  • The turbulent Tudor age never fails to capture the imagination. But what was it actually like to be a woman during this period? This was a time when death in infancy or during childbirth was rife; when marriage was usually a legal contract, not a matter for love, and the education of women was minimal at best. Yet the Tudor century was dominated by powerful and characterful women in a way that no era had been before. Join historian, Dr Elizabeth Norton, as she discusses the lives lived, or endured, by Tudor women from all levels of society.
  • Tickets: £5.
  • 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.

Six Week Family History Course

Fridays (10am - 1pm): 20 March, 27 March, 3 April, 17 April, 24 April, 1 May

  • Run by professional genealogists and archivists this 6 week course will cover all you need to know to enhance your research as well as providing many tips of the trade. There will be opportunities to handle original historical documents, navigate online resources and importantly discover how and where to find less-known genealogical sources in a small, comfortable workshop environment.
    • 1) An introduction to family history - 20 March
    • 2) Crofts, Castles, Trades and Professions - 27 March
    • 3) Schools and Workhouses - 3 April
    • 4) Fighting Talk: An Introduction to Military Records - 17 April
    • 5) Mad, Bad and Sometimes Sad - 24 April
    • 6) Moving On: Immigration, Emigration & Transportation - 1 May
  • Tickets: £80 - booked as a complete 6 week course
  • Full course information (pdf)
  • 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.

Family History Online

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.

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.

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