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Heritage events

A Cup of LGBT History

  • Thursday 23 February, 6.30pm - 9pm.
  • Join Surrey Heritage and Outline, Surrey's LGBT organisation for a cup of LGBT history to celebrate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) History Month.
  • As well as free coffee and cake there will be talks from Professor Peter Hegarty (University of Surrey, Surrey Heritage and Outline and a behind the scenes tour of Surrey History Centre.
  • We will also be joined by a whole host of Surrey community organisations with information displays and stands.
  • Free, no booking required, all welcome with refreshments throughout the evening.
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Find out more about Outline, Surrey's LGBT organisation and the work they do.
  • From Wednesday 1 February – Tuesday 28 February during normal opening hours: From Punishment to Pride - a small display on this year's theme Citizenship and Law, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967). You can also discover Surrey’s historic links with LGBT crime and punishment and more about the work of Surrey Heritage.

Family History - Saturday Sessions

Family History Online! Saturday 25 February 2017, 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 touch on how to share your information online, and suggest a few tips on keeping your information safe and secure. We explore how large databases work - and sometimes why they don’t and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion.
  • £15 includes refreshments.
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • This workshop is now fully booked.

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.
  • At 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.
  • At 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.

Six Week Family History Course

  • Spring 2017 (10am–1pm):10 March, 17 March, 24 March, 31 March, 7 April, 21 April (2 week break for Easter). The Spring course is now fully booked.
  • Autumn 2017 (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.
  • At 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 Local History Committee Annual Symposium – ‘Feeding the County – Agriculture in Surrey’

  • Saturday 25 March, 9.30am - 3.50pm.
  • The Local History Committee will be holding their Annual Symposium at Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND.
  • The symposium will cover various aspects of agricultural history and also look at useful sources for historians. It is a very full and varied programme with some excellent speakers which we are sure will be of great interest to local historians across the county.
  • £12 includes tea and coffee. Refreshments will be available throughout the day but please bring your own lunch.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • If you would like to pay on the day, please enter all the attendee details on the first booking page online and press submit. You may then ignore and close down the online payment page. This will secure your tickets without payment being taken.
  • Full programme details (PDF)

The Valiant Victorians - Free Drop In Family Activities

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

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.
  • £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.
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • 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!
  • In support of Woking & Sam Beare Hospice. Free entry but donations are appreciated.
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND. 

We offer courses and training throughout the year, including GIS-Enabled Tithe and OS Maps of Surrey Course, Oral History Training and Storage and Packaging Workshops. If you would like to be put on the waiting list to be the first to hear about new course dates please email shs@surreycc.gov.uk with your details.


Identification and recording of finds

Come along to Guildford Museum and see David Williams, Surrey Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. For people with metal detectors and other finders of objects of archaeological interest. Second Saturday of each month 11am-1pm at Guildford Museum. Contact on 01483 444750.


Surrey History Centre made easy

Why not join us at Surrey History Centre for an informal tour of the search room? This half hour informative tour includes an introduction to using the indexes and catalogues, how to explore the maps and library and how to order documents from the strong rooms. First Tuesday each month 10–10.30am. No need to book. Free of charge.

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