Marvels of the month

Woking Mind looking at documents at Surrey History CentreEvery week, a wide assortment of archive documents and local studies material from a variety of sources passes through our doors to join the six miles of records in our strongrooms. Behind the scenes, we work closely with the records, diligently cataloguing, cleaning, conserving and packaging them so that they can be made available to the public. It's work that we thoroughly enjoy, and everyone here has a tale to tell: whether it's the story behind a favourite book, the background to an unusual collection, or how we repaired a very fragile document.

Each month, the Surrey Heritage teams showcase their own particular "Marvel of the Month".

For UK Disability History Month, we explore the history of the care and treatment of people living with mental illness or physical and learning disabilities through the hospital records held at Surrey History Centre.

For Black History Month in October, we celebrated the contribution of nurses from West Africa and the Caribbean to psychiatric healthcare in Surrey's hospitals.

For our September Marvel of the Month, the discovery of earthworks and a burial ground revealed the existence of a major Saxon meeting place near Ashtead.

For our August Marvel of the Month, to mark the Festival of Britain's 70th anniversary, we discovered how the county's towns and villages participated in this national cultural event.

For our July Marvel of the Month, the conservation of a 16th century notebook offered us a fascinating personal insight into the life of a Surrey gentleman.

For our June Marvel of the Month, we delved into the records of a long-established Surrey furniture business that supplied the Royal Household in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For our May Marvel of the Month, we explored beautifully illustrated albums that portray a charming view of rural Surrey in the first half of the 20th century.

For our April Marvel of the Month, we learnt how the recording and organising of artefacts and paper records has ensured that the history of Oatlands Palace will be preserved for future generations.

For our March Marvel of the Month, we discovered a wealth of early wax seals in the estate papers of a prominent Surrey family.

For LGBT+ History Month in February, we explored the little-known Surrey connections of Second World War codebreaker, Alan Turing.

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