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Visiting Surrey History Centre

Coronavirus - update: Surrey History Centre closing from 5pm on Friday 20 March

Based on current Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19, we regret to inform you that Surrey History Centre will be closed to the public from 5pm on Friday 20 March until further notice. All Surrey Heritage events have been cancelled until further notice. More information can be found on our closure page including how to access research resources online and how to keep connected with us through social media.

What you will need for your visit

Please bring a Surrey County Libraries ticket or a County Archive Research Network (CARN) card to use our collections. If you do not have either of these, bring something official as proof of ID and address, such as a driving licence or bank statement.

Please bring pencils to write with (no pens).

Please bring a 20p piece for a locker to store your belongings, including handbags. For coats there are secure hangers for which you will need a £1 coin. Both coins are returnable.

What you can do at Surrey History Centre

You may access the internet on the Surrey History Centre computers, and Ancestry and Findmypast are available to use free of charge, along with other resources on the Surrey Libraries online reference shelf.

The Genealogist website is available to use free of charge at Surrey History Centre.

You can use our computers to view indexes created by the West Surrey Family History Society, our Surrey tithe records CDs and DVDs and our Surrey-wide database of tithe records, and our Surrey maps, manorial maps and enclosure maps CDs, all free of charge.

You may use your own camera or mobile phone camera for a fee (see table of fees).

Free Wi-Fi is available to use with your laptop, tablet or smart phone.

We have a refreshments room.

You can buy books, maps and cards in the Surrey History Centre foyer.

We have a second-hand book stall in our foyer, with a collection of local and general history books.

Files available to download