Marvels of the month

Pen and ink sketches of the premises of W. Williamson and Sons in 1847, 1885 and 1926 (SHC ref 5009/1)Every 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 our June Marvel of the Month, we delve into the records of a long-established Surrey furniture business that supplied the Royal Household in the 19th and 20th centuries.

W Williamson and Sons, cabinet makers of Guildford, 1720-1960

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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