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Food glorious food - free summer holiday activities

Wednesday 1 - 31 August during normal opening hours (closed bank holiday weekend Saturday 25 August).

  • Come along and get creative with an exciting range of food themed free drop in family activities!
  • Join us to discover the flavours of Surrey and find out what people ate in Surrey in the past. Make a picnic basket, design your own food advert, make a meal, colour in and play the marvellous meal game and more!
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.

How the Vote Was Won - A touring exhibition on Art, Theatre and Women's Suffrage. Curated by Irene Cockroft and Susan Croft

Thursday 2 August - Saturday 1 September during normal opening hours (closed bank holiday weekend Saturday 25 August).

  • To coincide with the nationwide commemoration of #Vote100 this year, this touring pop-up exhibition celebrates some of the amazing women, who through their use of the arts, crafts, music and theatre, campaigned for women's suffrage 100 years ago. The exhibition, curated by suffrage historians Irene Cockroft and Susan Croft, draws on material collected in their works, Art, Theatre and Women's Suffrage and Votes for Women and other plays. The exhibition has been created by Aurora Metro Arts and Media.
  • Art, Theatre and Women's Suffrage by Irene Cockroft and Susan Croft, is a non-fiction book which plays tribute to the organisations and progressive women and men, who used the news media, the arts, music and theatre as part of the long campaign for women's suffrage.
  • Votes for Women and other plays edited by Susan Croft, features plays performed by the Actresses Franchise League, who set up their own theatre companies and engaged with the battle for the vote by writing and performing campaigning plays all over the country.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.

Researching your Irish Family History

Saturday 18 August, 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 question and answer session along with plenty of opportunities for discussion. There will also be a bibliography and list of useful websites to take away. This is expanded from a talk given at the Celtic Family History day in March 2016.
  • Tickets: £12.50.
  • 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

Autumn 2018

(Fridays, 10am–1pm): 14 September, 21 September, 28 September, 5 October, 12 October, 19 October.

  • 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.
  • £80 – booked as a complete 6 week course.
  • 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 full course information (PDF).

TV Archaeology

Saturday 15 September, 2pm - 3.30pm

  • Talk with Julian Richards.
  • In this talk archaeologist Julian Richards will examine the ways in which archaeology has been portrayed on television, from the early days of 'Animal, Vegetable, Mineral' through the Time Team years and beyond. Drawing on his experience as the presenter of BBC 2's 'Meet the Ancestors' and 'Blood of the Vikings' Julian will offer his own personal views on the world of TV archaeology - likes and dislikes!
  • Julian Richards is a freelance archaeologist, author and former broadcaster on TV and radio. After a long career in field archaeology Julian spent seven years working for the BBC, developing and presenting 'Meet the Ancestors' and 'Blood of the Vikings' on BBC 2 and 'Mapping the Town' on Radio 4. More recently he presented 'Meet the Ancestors revisited' on BBC 4. Since 2004 Julian has led a number of community archaeology projects, many involving primary schools and has written a series of books on Stonehenge. He lectures widely and has recently curated museum exhibitions both in the UK and abroad. Current projects include an investigation of Shaftesbury Abbey, curating a ceramics gallery at Wimborne Museum and co-curating a major Stonehenge exhibition in Germany. As well as his degree Julian is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, has an Honorary Doctorate and his own Blue Peter badge.
  • 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.

Keeping it in the Family: A Four Week Course Reading and Interpreting Legal Records of Inheritance for Genealogy

Thursdays (10am–12.30pm): 4 October, 11 October, 18 October, 25 October

  • With special reference to the handwriting of examples from before 1800, this course introduces the use of title deeds, wills and manorial records for family history.
  • Week 1 discusses marriage settlements, deeds of arrangement between families to provide for the couple during their lives and for the inheritance of their heirs. We look at a deed and introduce some techniques of palaeography.
  • Week 2 discusses wills and where to find them, with a detailed look at reading one in 16th century Secretary Hand.
  • Weeks 3 and 4 discuss manorial records, which document inheritance by tenants even where they may have been too poor to make a will. We look at some 18th century examples and introduce how to extract and interpret information from court rolls.
  • £60 – booked as a complete 4 week course.
  • 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.

Athelstan: the first King of all England

Saturday 6 October, 2pm - 3.30pm

  • Talk with Michael Wood.
  • It is often forgotten, but the roots of England lie before the Norman Conquest: the foundations of the English state were laid by three generations of the Wessex royal family, Alfred the Great, his son Edward and daughter Aethelflaed, and his grandson Athelstan. This illustrated talk focuses especially on Athelstan, who was crowned at Kingston in Surrey in September 925, and in 927 became the first king of all England. In it Michael Wood will argue that these three generations are the most important rulers in English history: without them the history of Britain might have been radically different: no English state perhaps, no English law, or English ideas about government; maybe no English language as the world's language?
  • Historian, filmmaker and broadcaster, Michael Wood is the author of several best-selling books including four UK Number One bestsellers, and well over one hundred documentary films, among them In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great and The Story of India, which the Wall Street Journal described as ' the gold standard' of documentary history making. His Story of England which told the tale of one village, Kibworth in Leicestershire, through British history, was called by the Independent 'the most innovative history series ever on TV'. Of his recent Story of China (BBC 2) the state news agency in China, Xinhua said it had 'transcended the barriers of ethnicity and belief and brought something inexplicably powerful and touching to the TV audience".
  • Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries. He recently received the British Academy President's Medal for services to History and outreach.
  • 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.

The Great Surrey Heritage Show

Saturday 20 October, 10.30am - 3.30pm

  • Go behind the scenes of Surrey History Centre at this unique event where we will be showcasing 70 items from our collection specially chosen to celebrate our 70th anniversary. From maps, to photographs, letters and pottery there will be a whole array of Surrey gems on show together for the first time. Joining in to celebrate are lots of local groups with stands, displays and information as well as children's activities and tours of the building where you will discover we have 6 miles of shelving in our strongrooms, housing documents dating back to the 12th Century!
  • Behinds the scenes tours take place at the following times: 11.00am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2.00pm, 2.45pm. All tours require pre-booking online apart from the last tour at 2.45pm which will be first come, first served on the day and will fill quickly.
  • Please book a place online, or in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Surrey Diarists

Saturday 3 November, 10.15am - 4pm

  • Surrey Local History Committee and Surrey Heritage present: Surrey Diaries.
  • Speakers include:
    • 10.30am - 11.00am Dr. Catherine Ferguson, University of Roehampton
      Pepys and Guildford: 'A dull place, but good air'
    • 11.00am - 11.30am Isabel Sullivan, Surrey History Centre,
      Numbering his days. The diaries of John Evelyn
    • 11.30am - 12pm Coffee
    • 12pm - 12.30pm Gordon Cox
      The Traveller for Pleasure: William Bray in Georgian Britain, 1760s-1820s
    • 12.30pm - 1.00 Alan Gibbs
      Lucy Broadwood's diaries: Perspectives on music and the arts in Surrey and London
    • 1pm - 1.15pm Discussion
    • 1.15pm - 2.15pm Lunch
    • 2.15pm - 2.45pm Dr. David Taylor FSA, Chairman of Surrey History Trust
      Culture, Society and the World of the New Woman: the Diaries of Susan Lushington, 1882-1903
    • 2.45pm - 3.15pm Mike Page, Surrey History Centre
      'Stirring Times': the World War I diaries of Frederick Robinson of Cobham
    • 3.15pm - 3.45pm Kirsty Pattrick, Mass Observation Archive Projects Officer
      Introducing our diarists; Mass Observation and everyday life
    • 3.45pm - 4pm Discussion, tea and close
  • Tickets £12.00 in advance, £15 on the day. Morning and afternoon refreshments are included but please make your own arrangements for lunch.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Tickets can be booked online via the Surrey Archaeological Society website using card payment through Paypal.

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