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Romany and Traveller Family History Society Open Day

Saturday 12 October, 10.30am - 3.30pm

  • Come and find out about your Romany Gypsy, Traveller or Fairground ancestors at this RTFHS Open Day at Surrey History Centre. Specialist books and guides on sale. Family history displays. Research helpdesk.
  • At 2.00pm Beverley Walker, Secretary of the RTFHS, will talk about how to research your Romany Gypsy family tree.
  • For full details of this event, please go to the Romany and Traveller History Society website or email them at enquiries@rtfhs.org.uk.

Surrey Heritage Showcase

Saturday 19 October, 10am - 4pm, Staines Methodist Church, Thames Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4SD

  • This year our Showcase will be held in partnership with Spelthorne Museum and Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first major excavations in the area. Join us for a day of FREE talks, activities and exhibitions for all the family to discover more about your local heritage and meet the people who make it happen!
  • Talks Programme:
    • 11am 'Staines and the Saxons: Swords, Settlements and Saints' by Rob Poulton
    • 12pm 'Excavations in Staines-the Early Years' by David Barker
    • 1pm 'The Story of Staines Linoleum' by Nick Pollard
    • 2pm 'Excavations in Staines-Uncovering the Roman Town' by Sue Shanks and James Crouch
  • Highlights for the day:
    • Discover all there is to know about the work Surrey Heritage does, from current projects to outreach activities.
    • Displays from the County's archive – showcasing documents, photographs, illustrations and more relating to the local area held at Surrey History Centre
    • Free children's activities including mini archaeology digs, historic dress up and arts and crafts fun
    • Family history advice and help with dating old photos
    • Discover Surrey's 43 Museums and galleries
    • Learn more about the Historical Environment Record.
    • The Finds Liaison Officer can help you identify any ancient objects you may have found, whilst metal detecting or just out walking. So please bring them along! If they are interesting they may even be added to our national database of archaeological finds made by the general public.
  • Local group stands:
    • Spelthorne Museum, Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group, Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society, Surrey Archaeological Society, Egham by Runnymede Historical Society, West Middlesex Family History Society, West Surrey Family History Society.
  • The event is completely free and all are welcome to celebrate Staines-upon-Thames's fascinating heritage.

October half term drop in activities

Tuesday 29 October - Friday 1 November during normal opening hours.

  • Join us for a 'spooktacular' look at Surrey's history with our free drop in family activities.
  • Enjoy fun crafts like creating a mummy, making a spider web and a spooky spinner plus colouring in for ages 3 - 11.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their children.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.

The Carol, the Carter and the Collectors. A talk by Irene Shettle

Saturday 2 November, 2pm – 3.30pm

    Irene Shettle follows the journey of the Christmas carol "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" from its 19th century origins in Philadelphia to its publication in England nearly fifty years later with a new tune and arrangement in 1906. Her talk focuses on the life and music of Henry Garman, the Surrey farm labourer who introduced two important local folksong collectors, the Rev John Broadwood and Ralph Vaughan Williams, to the ballad which was to form the basis of the well-loved tune which is now widely sung at Christmas every year.
  • Irene Shettle has had a love of singing and an interest in traditional folksong from an early age. She won the title "Singer of the National" at the song competition of the National Folk Music Festival in 2000, and has been a resident singer at the Music Institute Folk Club in Guildford since it began in 2005. While she has continued with her singing pursuits, her research into the life and work of the Victorian/Edwardian folksong collector and researcher Lucy Broadwood has led to the presentation of shows or talks about Lucy and her fellow collectors on numerous occasions, as either a solo performer, or as part of a duo with much missed multi-instrumentalist Ralph Jordan, for folk festivals, clubs, arts venues and local societies. Tickets £5.00. It is advisable to book early as places are limited. 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.

In the Shadow of the Great War: Surrey 1914-1922

Saturday 9 November, 2pm - 4pm

  • Join us to celebrate the launch of a book that tells the enthralling story of Home Front Surrey, 'In the Shadow of the Great War: Surrey 1914-1922' (edited by Kirsty Bennett, Imogen Middleton, Michael Page and Juliet Warren). The event will also include a recital of poetry and music from the era.
  • This launch marks the conclusion of our Heritage Lottery Funded project, 'Surrey in the Great War: a County Remembers'.
  • 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. It is advisable to book early as places are limited.

Family History Online

Saturday 16 November, 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.

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.

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.

A Palaeography Primer: get started reading old handwriting

Thursday 7 May and Thursday 14 May 2020, 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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