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Talks and events

Thank you to everyone who attended an event or talk in 2022, we have now come to the end of this year's programme. If you missed any of our Zoom talks, don't forget you can purchase a recording via our Surrey Heritage shop.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our future events, including an Open Day at Surrey History Centre in March 2023. Full details of the Open Day as well as next year's programme will be available on this webpage soon.


Displays at Surrey History Centre

Horsell Scrubbers Memory Banner

From Tuesday 1 November to Friday 16 December in the foyer of Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6ND.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Horsell scrubbers volunteers made (mostly from donated duvet covers and sheets) 11,220 items including 859 sets of scrubs, of which over 600 went to the Royal Surrey County Hospital and 70 went to local medical practices. They also made over 5,000 fabric masks for the local community for free. Volunteers are from all over Woking, including Sheerwater, Maybury, Knaphill, St John's, central Woking and Mayford.
Inspired by a BBC programme about Craftivism, the volunteers created a memory banner with 72 individual memory pockets which document key events and commemorate the efforts of the NHS and local community.


Recorded talks to purchase

If you missed one of our online talks, why not purchase the talk recording to view in your own time?

The talks available are:

  • Aladdin's Cave: Some Major Family and Estate Archives in Surrey History Centre
  • Corsets and Cameras
  • Sir William More of Loseley
  • Who Do You Think They Were? Discovering the Lives and Experiences of our Ancestors
  • Fashion and Folly
  • Planting Ideas: Sources for the History of Gardening in Surrey.
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Sources for the History of Surrey's Mental Hospitals, 1700 to c.1990
  • Portrait of a Surrey town between the wars: the photographic archive of Sidney Francis
  • From Punishment to Pride: LGBTQ+ archives at Surrey History Centre
  • James Henry Pullen (1835 to 1916) and the Royal Earlswood Asylum for Idiots, Redhill
  • The Book That Changed My Life
  • The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Surrey
  • Richard III: A Drama in Three Acts
  • To the Manor Born: An Introduction to Manorial Records for Family Historians
  • The Changing Face of Nursing: Black Nurses in Surrey Hospitals
  • The Gentleman's Magazine: A Panorama of Georgian Surrey for Family and Local Historians
  • Netherne c. 1955: A Surrey Psychiatric Hospital in Focus
  • The Most Wretched Man in the World: The Life and Loves of the 5th Viscount Midleton
  • Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join our Zoom? Reflections on the Lewis Carroll archives, on the 150th anniversary of 'Alice through the Looking Glass'
  • What did you do after the war, Grandad? – 1918 to1925: de-mob, jobs, pensions, PTSD and the British Legion
  • Land of my Father's Fathers: Tracing your Welsh ancestors
  • A 'great' amongst Victorian architects? Royal Holloway's W H Crossland
  • Gertrude Jekyll, Gardener and Craftswoman
  • Let the Road Rise to Meet You: Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
  • Bananas: How a Surrey Garden Played a Pivotal Role in the History of the World's Favourite Fruit
  • Where there's a will
  • A Burden on the Parish: sources for the history of Poor Relief in Surrey
  • John Evelyn in Surrey
  • In the Shadow of the Great War: Surrey 1914 to 1918
  • Artists, Antiquaries and Collectors: illustrations of Georgian Surrey collected by Robert Barclay of Bury Hill, Dorking, c.1800 to 1825

Most talk descriptions can be found on our Talks and Tours page. Each talk consists of a 45 minute to an hour illustrated presentation followed by questions asked during the live talk. You can also email us with any questions you may have after the talk and we will pass them on to the speaker to answer. Price £5. To purchase a recording please visit the Surrey Heritage Shop. Please note talks may contain references to historical legal terminology, sexual practices and crimes, used in the historical context but which some viewers may find offensive.


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