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The Rise and Fall of the English Switzerland

  • Thursday 22 June, 7pm - 8.30pm.
  • Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event due to low numbers, if you have booked a ticket you will be contacted regarding a refund. We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused.

Picturing the Asylum

  • Saturday 24 June, 2.00pm – 4.00pm.
  • Surrey History Centre in partnership with Royal Holloway College, University of London, presents an afternoon of short talks examining the role of photography in the history of Surrey’s mental health hospitals.
  • 2.10pm: 'Using photographs to explore life in Victorian and Edwardian asylums'
  • Dr Jane Hamlett is a Reader in Modern British History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is an expert on the history of homes, families and private life and recently led a research project that explored the material world of institutions (including ‘lunatic asylums’) in Victorian and Edwardian England. Her books include Material Relations: Families and Domestic Interiors in England, 1850-1910 (MUP, 2010), At Home in the Institution: Material Life in Asylums, Lodging Houses and Schools in Victorian and Edwardian England (Palgrave, 2015) and Residential Institutions: Inmates and Environments, 1720-1970 (Routledge, 2013).
  • 2.30pm: 'Patient portraits: the camera in Holloway Sanatorium, Surrey, c.1885-1910'
    Dr Katherine Rawling is an Associate Fellow in the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick. Her research explores the ways in which photography interacted with medical knowledge and practice, particularly when it became part of the patient-doctor encounter in the second half of the nineteenth century. Additionally she is interested in the camera in Victorian institutions more generally, and the relationship between power, control, agency, and photographic technologies. Her work examines how historians can use photographic and visual sources in their work. Her next project, Photomania will be carried out at the University of Leeds and will examine the connections between nineteenth-century and present-day anxieties over the photographic image and health and well-being.
  • 3.10pm: 'A day in the life of a Surrey asylum: Netherne Hospital c.1960'
    Using hundreds of photographs of Netherne psychiatric hospital, Coulsdon, in the 1960s, History Centre Manager, Julian Pooley will take us on a guided tour through wards, day rooms, and workshops and outside into airing courts, orchards and the farm, allowing a precious glimpse inside this large Surrey institution on a typical working day.
  • Kirstie Arnould, Project Initiator for Keeping us in Mind will also be bringing some oral history and photography materials from the Epsom psychiatric hospital cluster and some Long Grove images.
  • 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.

Surrey History Trust AGM

  • Monday 3 July, refreshments from 6.30 AGM, 7pm followed by two talks to finish at 9pm.
  • Barrie Higham, Heritage Manager will give an overview of the work of Surrey Heritage
    and Dr Jane Hamlett of Royal Holloway College will talk about her work with Surrey’s mental health records.
  • Surrey Heritage - an overview
  • You may well be very familiar with some of the work that takes place under the banner of "Surrey Heritage" but do you know the full story? In this short presentation Barrie Higham, Heritage Manager for Surrey County Council, will demonstrate the breadth of the work of this remarkable service and the extraordinary contribution made by its volunteers.
  • Working with Surrey’s mental Health
  • Dr Jane Hamlett is a Reader in Modern British History at Royal Holloway, University of London. From 2010-2013 she ran the ESRC-funded At Home in the Institution Project, exploring material culture and home life in institutions including ‘lunatic asylums’ in Surrey in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Hamlett will talk about her research on Holloway Sanatorium, Brookwood and Long Grove Asylums as well as the collaborative public outreach for the project that she undertook with Surrey History Centre, and the continuing importance of Surrey's records in her university teaching.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Free but booking is essential.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Beginning Biography

  • Tuesday 4 July, 9.30am - 4.45pm
  • Following the success of Surrey in the Great War's first workshop for those ‘Beginning Biography’, booking is now open for a repeat session.
  • This day-long bespoke training will equip you with the basic biographical research skills you’ll need to discover the stories of your WWI ancestors or people on your war memorial. Sessions will cover online sources, how to record your research well and how to acknowledge it properly. The day will end with time for supported research in our searchroom, putting theory into practice.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • Free day’s training. Light refreshments provided. Bring own lunch.
  • Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP: surreyinthegreatwar@surreycc.gov.uk or 01483 518238 / 518239.

Far from the Western Front

  • Tuesday 4 July - Saturday 29 July free display in our foyer during normal opening hours.
  • Far From the Western Front explores some of the untold stories of the more than one million South Asian men who served during the First World War.
  • Using previously unseen images, digital media, and individuals’ experiences uncovered from the archives, Far From the Western Front presents the First World War through the eyes of South Asian solders and non-combatants. Their stories take us away from the Western Front to battlefields across the world; from Gallipoli to Mesopotamia; East Africa to the Suez Canal. They remind us that there was more to WW1 than the mud and trenches of Europe: instead, this exhibition uncovers for visitors the threat of lions on patrol, thirst in deserts of Sinai, and starvation at Kut, in one of the most significant military operations in the Middle East.
  • The exhibition has been created by volunteers from across London, including Indian, Pakistani and Nepali communities, and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The exhibition examines how photography and historical bias have obscured the contribution of South Asians in the First World War, and seeks, through imagination, empathy and creativity, to fill in the gaps and tell their stories.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.

Family History - Saturday Sessions

Family History Online! Saturday 22 July, 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.

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 been published 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
  • Tickets are free but booking is essential.
  • 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.
  • An event to mark Black History Month 2017.

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
  • This course is now fully booked. To register your interest for future courses please email us.
  • 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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