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Researching your Irish family history

Saturday 16 March, 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.
  • £12.50, includes refreshments.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course 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): 21 March, 28 March, 4 April, 11 April

  • 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 - 21 March
    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 - 28 March
    Discusses wills and where to find them, with a detailed look at reading one in 16th century Secretary Hand.
  • Weeks 3 and 4 - 4 and 11 April
    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 four week course.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Six week family history course

Fridays (10am - 1pm): 22 March, 29 March, 5 April, 12 April, 26 April, 3 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.
  • £80 – booked as a complete 6 week course.
  • Full course structure (PDF).
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey library or phone 01483 518737.

The restless kings: Henry II, his sons and the wars for the Plantagenet crown

Saturday 23 March, 2pm - 3.30pm

  • Dr Nick Barratt is an author, broadcaster and historian best known for his work on BBC's Who Do You Think You Are. He is an honorary associate professor of public history at the University of Nottingham, the Director of Senate House Library (University of London), a teaching fellow at the University of Dundee and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His latest publication, The Restless Kings, explores the reigns of Henry II, Richard I and John. He is currently the President of the Federation of Family History Societies and sits on the Executive Committee of the Community Archives and Heritage Group
  • Tickets - £10, £5 for Surrey History Trust members.
  • 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.

Georgian Surrey - the age of enlightenment

Saturday 30 March, 9.30am - 4pm

Surrey Local History Committee, a Committee of Surrey Archaeological Society presents: Georgian Surrey - the age of enlightenment:

    • 9.30am: Registration
    • 9.55am: Chairman's introductory remarks
    • 10am: Catherine Ferguson (University of Roehampton)
      Introduction
    • 10.20am: Hilary Ely (Trustee of the Cranston Library)
      Cranston Library
    • 10.50am: Coffee and tea
    • 11.20am: David Brookes (Bourne Hall Museum)
      Epsom as a Spa Town
    • 11.55am: Cherrill Sands (Garden Historian for Painshill Park Trust)
      Painshill Landscape Garden
    • 12.30pm: Lunch
    • 1.30pm: Carole Garrard (Surrey History Centre)
      Surrey Maps of the 18th century
    • 2.05pm: Speaker to be confirmed
    • 2.40pm: Tea
    • 3.10pm: Presentation of the Gravett Award
    • 3.15pm: Mary Alexander and Catherine Ferguson
      18th century changes in two Guildford churches: Holy Trinity and St Nicholas
    • 3.55pm: Chairman's closing remarks and close
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Tickets £15.00 and are available to book online at Surrey Archaeological Society with Paypal.
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments are included. Please make your own arrangements for lunch. It is recommended to bring a packed lunch as there are no cafes near the Surrey History Centre.

50th Anniversary of Guildford School of Art sit-in

Free display in foyer from Tuesday 2 April - Tuesday 30 April

  • The late 1960s saw protests across the globe against injustice. This was the era of the civil rights movement in the US and worldwide opposition to the Vietnam War. Students were involved in many of these protests. In Guildford in 1968 a group of students at the School of Art took part in a 'sit in' protesting about what they felt was the declining quality of their education and the lack of consultation on changes to their courses. The Guildford sit-in achieved notoriety for being the longest ever staged by students in the UK.
  • On the 50th anniversary of this nationally significant event find out more from the students who were there and discover the impact their protest had. This exhibition is part of Citizens, a project administered by Royal Holloway, University of London, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which explores the history of liberty, protest and reform.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.

Super Saxons and violent Vikings - free Easter family activities!

Tuesday 9 April - Thursday 18 April during normal opening hours

  • Come along to our free drop in family activities and make a Saxon Great Hall and a Viking Longboat. Try some Saxon rune puzzles and have fun colouring in. Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.

Family history online

Saturday 27 April, 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.
  • £15, includes refreshments.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

How we used to live - family history day

Saturday 18 May, 10am - 3pm

  • Join us for a day of family history talks, displays and exhibitions themed around the topic of 'How We Used to Live'.
  • There will be a number of talks including Life and Labour in a County Village which focuses on agricultural life during the latter half of the 19th century and we will discuss the variety of sources from archives that can be used to build up a picture of the past lives and experiences of our ancestors. Plus another talk tbc!
  • We will also include displays from our own collections and have advice desks for a variety of topics.
  • Tickets are free but please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.

Victorian passions from the USA: Surrey-related writers and artists from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

Saturday 8 June, 2pm - 3.30pm

  • Mark Samuels Lasner, collector, bibliographer and typographer, is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Library. His many publications include The Bookplates of Aubrey Beardsley (2008) and England in the 1890s: Literary Publishing at the Bodley Head (1990). He has curated exhibitions at Harvard University, the Grolier Club, and the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia. In 2003 he was awarded the Sir Thomas More medal from the University of San Francisco, for his achievement in making private book collecting a public benefit. In 2017 the University of Delaware Library celebrated his gift of over 9,500 works of Victorian literature and art with a symposium and exhibition, Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection. In this talk Mark will share his passion for collecting Victorian books and highlight some fascinating Surrey connections.
  • Tickets - £10, £5 for Surrey History Trust members.
  • 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.

Suffragette planners and plotters: The Pankhurst, Pethick-Lawrence story

Saturday 15 June, 11am - 12.30pm

  • For six years Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence were central to the leadership of the Suffragette movement, providing its headquarters, its organization and much of its funds, marching shoulder to shoulder with Mrs Pankhurst, even into prison. But in 1912 the couple were dramatically ousted by the Pankhursts in a move that has often been misrepresented. Kathy will tell the story of an extraordinary and inspirational couple without whose wealth, determination and business skills we might not now be talking about the Pankhursts and the militant suffragettes. Kathy will reveal the vital role played by the Pethick-Lawrences, their relationship with the Pankhursts, and the reason for that devastating split as featured in her latest book Suffragette Planners and Plotters: The Pankhurst, Pethick-Lawrence Story (Pen & Sword, 2019).
  • 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 new book on the relationship between the Pethick Lawrences and the Pankhursts builds on this research by shedding more light on the lives of this fascinating local couple.
  • £5, 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.
  • Books will be available on the day for the special price of £11.00 (cash and cheques only please).

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