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

CANCELLED - Thursdays (10am - 12.30pm), 4 June, 11 June, 18 June and 25 June

  • 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 start with some 18th century examples and introduce how to extract and interpret information from court rolls. In the last week we look at the use of Latin in 17th century examples
  • £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.

Surrey History Trust AGM and talk 'Surrey Arts and Crafts Houses' by Clive Aslet

CANCELLED - Monday 29 June, refreshments at 6.30pm, AGM followed by talk 7pm - 9pm

  • Surrey, the birthplace of Sir Edwin Lutyens, was Arts and Crafts central at the turn of the twentieth century. This talk will discuss the work of Lutyens and his mentor Gertrude Jekyll, whose own house and business were at Munstead Wood. They were not, however, the sole representatives of the movement. Another presence was Thackeray Turner, Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, lived at Westbrook, near Godalming, while CFA Voysey built Lowicks at Frensham as a summer house for the Horniman family and Greyfriars on the Hog's Back for the American playwright Julian Sturgis. Near Haslemere Francis Troup built Sandhouse (now Kingwood Hall) for Joseph and Maude King, who moved there from Hampstead. In 1897, Maud formed a weaving guild and contributed towards founding the Peasant Arts Society, in order, in the words of her associate Ethel Blount, to 'reconquer the ancient crafts of the home'. The speaker, himself a child of Surrey, will set these activities in the context of the artists who came to Surrey after the arrival of the railway; they included Birket Foster, Helen Allingham and Randolph Caldecott.
  • Clive Aslet is an award-winning architectural historian and journalist, acknowledged as a leading authority on Britain and its way of life. He is a Fellow of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute at the University of Buckingham and is co-founded of Triglyph Books with the photographer Dylan Thomas. Clive's many non-fiction books include The Last Country Houses and The American Country House, both for Yale University Press; The Last Country Houses was republished as The Edwardian Country House by Frances Lincoln. His first novel, The Birdcage, was published by Cumulus (hardback, 2014) and Sandstone Press (paperback, 2016). He is now working on a series of three novels set at the end of the First World, as well as various non-fiction projects. Having joined the magazine Country Life in 1977, he was Editor from 1993-2006 and still contributes to it. In addition he writes extensively newspapers such as The Times, as well as broadcasting on radio and television. Married with three children, he lives in London
    and Ramsgate. David Dimbleby describes Clive's writing as 'charming, erudite, amusing... His energy, enthusiasm and learning, always lightly worn, are prodigious.'
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Tickets are free but please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Family History Workshops

CANCELLED

  • 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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