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The Valiant Victorians - Free Drop In Family Activities

  • Tuesday 4 April - Thursday 13 April during normal opening hours.
  • Join us at the Surrey History Centre as we venture into the lives of the Valiant Victorians and get creative with our free arts and crafts family drop in activities.
  • Activities include; make your own Victorian toys, practise your copperplate handwriting skills, help design Victorian outfits, complete the i-spy challenge and many more.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children.

Family History - Saturday Sessions

Beginning Your Family History, Saturday 6 May 2017, 10am - 12.30pm

  • This talk aims to take you step by step through the basics of family history, where to start, what to do and most important, how you can get help and advice on what is bound to prove an exciting project.  It will also include lots of time (and money) saving tips and ideas, and outline some of the ways to store and present your research. This is Who Do You Think You Are for everyone!
  • Please note this talk is similar to week 1 on the 6 week Family History Course.
  • £12.50 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.

Researching Your Irish Family History, Saturday 20 May 2017, 10am - 12.30pm

  • A talk devoted to exploring sources and resources for Irish family history. During the morning we will cover most aspects of Irish genealogical research, including the recent publication of online Irish records, and there will be a Q&A session along with plenty of opportunities for discussion. There will also be a bibliography and list of useful websites to take away.  
  • Please note this is expanded from a talk given in the Celtic Family History day from March 2016.
  • £12.50 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.

Family History Online! Saturday 15 June, 10am - 12.30pm

  • A workshop devoted to tips and techniques for exploring your family history using the many and varied sources available online. In addition to learning more about the large commercial websites such as Ancestry.com and Find My Past, we will also include information on using the Family Search website and hopefully introduce you to many wonderful free websites. We will also touch on how to share your information online and keep it secure.
  •  £15 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.

Loyal To Empire: The Life of General Sir Charles Monro, 1860-1929

  • Wednesday 10 May, 11am - 12.30pm.
  • Talk and book signing with Patrick Crowley.
  • General Sir Charles Monro is perhaps the least known of all the senior commanders of the First World War, yet he commanded at divisional, corps and army level on the Western Front.  He was also responsible for the high standards of shooting achieved by the British Army in 1914 and was the general who said that the British should withdraw from Gallipoli. In addition, he was commander-in-chief of India from 1916-1920 at a critical time. Locally, he joined the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment and became their Colonel. His personal albums are held at the Surrey History Centre.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • £5 includes refreshments. Free for all Surrey Heritage (including Surrey in the Great War) volunteers.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • Volunteers: to reserve your free ticket please book online following this link or speak to your mentor.
  • Please bring cash if you would like to purchase the book.

Surrey History Centre Open Day

  • Saturday 13 May, 11am - 3.30pm.
  • Go behind the scenes of the Surrey History Centre at this unique event where we will be showcasing some of our fascinating collection. We'll also highlight the important and varied work we do to celebrate and preserve the history of Surrey, and there will be chances to go on tours of the building where you will discover we have 6 miles of shelving in our strongrooms, housing documents dating back to the 12th Century!
  • Tours at: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm (no need to book). Family activities will also be provided.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND. 
  • In support of Woking & Sam Beare Hospice. Free entry but donations are appreciated.

The Rise and Fall of the English Switzerland

  • Thursday 22 June, 7pm - 8.30pm.
  • Talk with Dr Marion Dell.
  • Hindhead was once known as a bleak and dangerous place, best avoided. From the mid-nineteenth century that reputation began to change. Its Romantic isolation, idyllic beauty and reputation for clean air, attracted writers, artists, scientists and other eminent Victorians. It was re-invented as The English Switzerland and from about 1875 to 1905 it flourished as a bohemian retreat and health resort. But Hindhead became a victim of its own success. Its popularity with increasing numbers of property developers, new residents, hotel owners and tourists caused its downfall. It was no longer desirably tranquil and exclusive and people moved elsewhere.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • £5 includes refreshments. Free for all members of Surrey History Trust.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • Surrey History Trust Members: to reserve your free ticket please book online following this link.

Black Poppies - Britain's Black Community and the Great War

  • Saturday 16 September, 2pm - 3.30pm.
  • Talk and book signing with Stephen Bourne.
  • Stephen Bourne presents an illustrated talk about his book Black Poppies which has beenpublished by The History Press to coincide with the centenary of the First World War. Entertaining and informative, Black Poppies explores the military and civilian wartime experiences of black Britons, from the trenches to the music halls. For Black Poppies Stephen received the 2015 Southwark Arts Forum Award for Literature.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • £5 includes refreshments.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • Please bring cash if you would like to purchase the book.

Six Week Family History Course

  • Autumn 2017 (Fridays, 10am–1pm): 22 September, 29 September, 6 October, 13 October, 20 October, 27 October.
  • Run by professional genealogists and archivists this 6 week course will cover all you need to know to enhance your research as well as providing many tips of the trade.
  • £60 – booked as a complete 6 week course.
  • 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.
  • Family History full course information (PDF).

Surrey Heritage Showcase

  • Saturday 14 October, 10.30am - 2.30pm.
  • Join us for a day of FREE activities and exhibitions for all the family to discover more about your local heritage and meet the people who make it happen!
  • Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AS.

Oral History Training

  • Thursday 19 October, 10am - 4.30pm.
  • Join Rib Davis, oral historian with over 30 years experience, and trainer in oral history across the UK and abroad for this informative training course on oral history.
    • 10.00-10.10 Welcome and introductions
    • 10.10-11.30 What is oral history? What it is, where it comes from, why we do it, some of the reservations people have about it and some of the issues around it
    • 11.30-11.45 Break
    • 11.45-1.00 Preparing for the effective interview: all aspects of the interview process(i)
    • 1.00-1.40 Lunch
    • 1.40-2.15 Preparing for the effective interview (ii)
    • 2.15-2.50 Practical work: interviewing
    • 2.50-3.15 Use/demonstration of equipment
    • 3.15-3.30 Break
    • 3.30-4.30 After the interview: legal and ethical issues, summarising, transcription, and archiving.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • £50 - tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day but attendees will need to make their own lunch arrangements.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

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