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Coronavirus - update: All Surrey Heritage events cancelled

Based on current Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19, we regret to inform you that all Surrey Heritage events have been cancelled until further notice.

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Summer holidays online activities

  • Animals in the archive
    • From circus elephants parading through Staines to the Tenniel sketch of the big puppy from Alice in Wonderland, there are lots of animals in the archive. Follow our step-by-step instructions to create an animal out of materials you have at home.
  • Nature and the archive
    • Take inspiration from Surrey garden designer Gertude Jekyll's work and layer pressed flowers from your garden to create a collage.
  • Connecting across generations
    • Discover your own family history by designing a family tree, baking a family recipe or looking through old photographs.
  • First World War in Surrey
    • Learn about life in Surrey from 1914-1918 and write a letter home from a soldier.
  • Surrey super spies
    • Find out about Surrey's famous spies whilst having fun with our spy themed activities.
  • What is Archaeology? Videos and history packs featuring the Stone Age and Bronze Age
    • An easy to follow introduction to what archaeology is, with have-a-go activities.
  • Dig you own test pit
    • Become an archaeologist for the day and follow our guide to digging your very own test pit.
  • Most of the activities can be found on Exploring Surrey's Past with the archaeology history packs and test pit guide available to download via Surrey County Archaeological Unit.

Family history workshops


  • If you are unable to attend our 6 week family history course or just want to find out more about a particular topic these individual sessions are perfect for you!
  • 1) An Introduction to Family History - 10 September
    • This covers all the basics, with tips for navigating the major family history websites, hints on how to record and store your research, and exploration of some valuable but less-known sources.
  • 2) Crofts, Castles, Trades and Professions - 11 September
    • Explore available resources that show what our ancestors did and how they earned their living. Learn how to use maps, local directories, rate books and more to explore the homes and places where your ancestors lived.
  • 3) Schools and Workhouses - 17 September
    • Find out more about the records of schools, orphanages, universities and colleges, and the information they contain. Learn more about the Poor Law and the workhouse, and why it was such an important part of our ancestors' lives.
  • 4) Fighting Talk: An Introduction to Military Records - 18 September
    • Discover the sources we can use to trace our ancestors who served in the army, navy and air force. What can we expect to find and where can we find First and Second World War and earlier records.
  • 5) Mad, Bad and Sometimes Sad - 24 September
    • Was your ancestor in prison or in an asylum? Discover the records of hospitals and asylums, prisons, courts and institutions such as industrial schools. Examine access to sensitive records and the implications of the Data Protection and Freedom of Information acts.
  • 6) Moving On: Immigration, Emigration & Transportation - 25 September
    • Discover why (and how) our ancestors emigrated and the records we can use to trace their journeys and new lives. Explore immigration records, and learn about techniques and resources for overseas research, including Ireland and mainland Europe.
  • Sessions booked separately at £15 each, 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.

Return to the Manor: an intermediate course in reading and interpreting manorial records

CANCELLED - Thursdays (10am - 12.30pm), 1 October, 8 October, 15 October and 22 October

  • This palaeography course would suit local and family historians who would like to extend their understanding of manorial records, including those who have already attended 'Keeping it in the Family'. We will include study of records written in Latin (although prior knowledge of the language is not required), and we will look at examples of Medieval to Early Modern handwriting (mainly Secretary Hand). Over the sessions we accumulate knowledge of the language and formulas of manorial records.
    • Week 1: includes 17th century English palaeography examples and some Latin in transcription
    • Week 2: includes mediaeval palaeography (rental) and some Latin in transcription
    • Week 3: includes detailed study of an original court record in English and some Latin in transcription.
    • Week 4: includes a detailed study of an original court record in Latin.
  • £60 - booked as a complete 4 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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