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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, or 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.
  • This event is now fully booked.

Living Well Week

Tuesday 9 October, 10.30am - 12noon

  • Free behind the scenes tour of Surrey History Centre to mark Living Well Week in Woking. Accessible for all. Tours last an hour and a half and there will be some seating along the way.
  • The tour is free but booking is essential as spaces are limited.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • This tour is now fully booked, for further information about Living Well Week please contact Jade Buckingham.

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!
  • Free drop in event for all the family.
  • 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.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on a tour 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.

Armistice Commemoration

Saturday 10 November, 1 - 5pm

  • Join us for an afternoon of sound, displays, film and a talk by Roland Wales: 'Armistice & After: The post-war struggles of Surrey's WW1 Heroes'. As the Armistice bells rang out, the costs of victory were already clear: Britain had drained itself of money and men in its attempt to secure victory, and had turned its society inside out to keep the trenches full of soldiers and its economy operating at full tilt. Now, the nation's housing, ships and railways had to be renewed, and work had to be found for 4 million demobilised soldiers and millions of ex-munitions workers. Demands and disputes which had been bottled up during the war years rose to the surface, straining the fragile bonds of wartime solidarity, and dashing Lloyd George's vision of a 'Land Fit for Heroes.'
  • Tickets are free but booking is essential.
  • 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 March of the Women Community Day

Saturday 24 November, 10am - 4pm

  • Join us for an exciting day celebrating Surrey's suffrage connections, including:
  • Programme
    • 10.00am Introduction and welcome
    • 10.05am Rosie Everritt, Project Archivist & Holly Parsons, Project Officer
    • The March of the Women: Discovering Surrey's Road to the Vote
    • 10.45am Kathy Atherton
    • The Money behind the Militant Movement: Emmeline and Fred Pethick-Lawrence
    • 11.15am Coffee break
    • 11.45pm The March of the Women schools radio play extract
    • 12.00pm Tessa Boase
    • Mrs Lemon, the 'Dragon' of Redhill: saviour of the birds & anti-suffrage champion
    • 12.30pm Carol Brown
    • Guildford suffrage
    • 1.00pm Lunch break
      A chance to buy authors' books & see displays; lunch is not provided
    • 1.50pm LynchPin Theatre group
      Presents the inspiration for their witty new local suffrage play When The Cat's Away (written and directed by Claire Parker)
    • 2.20pm Comfort break
    • 2.30pm Dr Elizabeth Crawford
    • Suffrage Art and Artists - how artists helped promote the women's suffrage campaign, in particular those with Surrey associations
    • 3.30pm Round-up and close
  • Plus Suffrage selfies, displays and author book sales (cash and cheques only please, no card payments).
  • Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day but please make your own lunch arrangements.
  • Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
  • 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.
  • Speaker biographies:
    • Kathy Atherton - The Money behind the Militant Movement: Emmeline and Fred Pethick-Lawrence. After an MPhil in 17th Century Studies, Kathy wrote much of 'H' as an editor at the Oxford English Dictionary. She then spent 10 years as a city lawyer during which time she came across the plaque marking the site of Fred and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrences' London home, once the headquarters of Mrs Pankhurst's Women's Social and Political Union. She has been researching the lives of Fred and Emmeline ever since, and the fight for the vote in the Surrey Hills area for more than ten years. Suffragettes, Suffragists and Antis - the fight for the vote in the Surrey Hills was published in 2017 by Dorking Museum's Cockerel Press and her book on the relationship between the Pethick-Lawrences and the Pankhursts will be published by Pen & Sword in early 2019.
    • Elizabeth Crawford - Suffrage Art and Artists. An illustrated talk describing how artists helped promote the women's suffrage campaign, in particular those with Surrey associations. Suffrage expert Elizabeth Crawford's latest book is Art and Suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists (Francis Boutle, 2018). Among her other books are: The Women's Suffrage Movement: a reference guide 1866-1928 (Routledge), The Women's Suffrage Movement: a regional survey (Routledge), and Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Parry Frye's suffrage diary (Francis Boutle). She is the owner of Women and Her Sphere, a business in selling antiquarian books, postcards, pamphlets and ephemera by and about women.
    • Tessa Boase - Mrs Lemon, the 'Dragon' of Redhill: saviour of the birds & anti-suffrage champion. Author Tessa Boase reveals the links between two fascinating, untold stories: the birth of the RSPB, and the Women's National Anti-Suffrage League. For half a century, from 1889-1939, Etta Lemon was the invisible dynamo behind the RSPB. Her aim was simple: to stamp out the cruel fashion for feathers in hats. From the first, polite Victorian tea party, to an angry brick through a Home Office window, Etta's movement pre-dated then shadowed the suffrage campaign. But she did not see eye-to-eye with the politics of Emmeline Pankhurst. Journalist and social historian Tessa Boase is author of The Housekeeper's Tale and Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather. Born in East Sussex, she now lives in Hastings with her family.
    • Carol Brown – Noeline Baker and the suffrage movement around Guildford. 1910 was an important year for Noeline Baker and the fight for Women's Suffrage. The local Suffrage Society was formed with her as its first honourable Secretary and other women of note were involved, including Gertrude Jekyll. As members of the Surrey Hampshire and Sussex Federation of the NUWSS (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies) their work extended beyond Guildford into Surrey. Men too played and important role. This illustrated talk will look at those important years and also touch on how they carried on the fight through the war. Carol is a local historian with a special interest in Women's History. Now retired, Carol worked at Guildford Museum for 30 years and, while there, was involved with publishing a book on the history of Bellfields and its social housing. She has also specialised in Women and The Special Operations Executive (SOE). Carol now spends her time researching, volunteering, church life, and spending time with her two grandchildren.
    • LynchPin Theatre – presents the inspiration for their witty new suffrage play When the Cat's Away. "That Ragtime Suffragette, Oh she's no household pet!". 1914. Windows smashed. Women on the run. The militant campaign for the Vote is at its peak. This beguiling comedy drama is inspired by the real-life stories, the songs and the spirit of the women who won the right to vote a century ago. Written and directed by Claire Parker to celebrate the spirit of the women who won the right to vote in 1918. Claire is also the author of Rotten Perfect, her play produced at the Watts Gallery in 2017-2018. Find out more about LynchPin.

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