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Gruesome Grub - Free Half Term Activities

  • Tuesday 24 October - Saturday 28 October during normal opening hours.
  • Join us at the Surrey History Centre to find out about the gross and gruesome foods of history and get creative with our free arts and crafts drop in family activities.
  • Activities include; make your own craft pumpkin, create a revolting recipe, solve our gruesome puzzles and many more.
  • Activities are free but parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their children
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.

Keeping us in Mind: Silences and Voices of the Epsom Cluster

  • Thursday 2 November - Wednesday 29 November during normal opening hours.
  • An exhibition resulting from a nine month long HLF-funded project to record oral histories of people who remember the Epsom psychiatric hospitals, in partnership with Surrey History Centre and Bourne Hall Museum.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.

The Road to Passchendaele

  • Saturday 11 November, 2pm - 3.30pm.
  • The Surrey Heritage Annual Lecture with Richard van Emden.
  • The Road to Passchendaele is the next volume in the highly-regarded series of books from the best-selling First World War historian Richard van Emden. Once again, using the winning formula of diaries and memoirs, and above all original photographs taken on illegally-held cameras by the soldiers themselves, Richard tells the story of 1917, of life both in and out of the line culminating in perhaps the most dreaded battle of them all, the Battle of Passchendaele. The viscous mud in which these men fought has come to symbolise the horror of the Great War.
  • Richard van Emden has interviewed over 270 veterans of the Great War and has written nineteen books about it including The Trench, The Last Fighting Tommy and The Soldier's War, (all top ten bestsellers), Boy Soldiers of the Great War, Prisoners of the Kaiser, and, most recently, The Somme. His books sales now exceed 650,000 copies. Richard has worked on more than twenty-five television programmes on the Great War, including Britain's Last Tommies and the award-winning Roses of No Man’s Land, Britain’s Boy Soldiers, War Horse: the Real Story and Hidden Histories: WW1's Forgotten Photographs.
  • 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.

Family History Online

  • Saturday 18 November, 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.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • £15 includes refreshments.
  • 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 2018 (Fridays, 10am–1pm): 9 February, 16 February, 23 February, 2 March, 9 March, 16 March.
  • Autumn 2018 (Fridays, 10am–1pm): 14 September, 21 September, 28 September, 5 October, 12 October, 19 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.
  • £80 – 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).

The Delights and Dismays of Historical Biography

  • Saturday 10 March, 2pm - 3.30pm.
  • Talk with Jenny Uglow.
  • Jenny Uglow will discuss the challenges of historical biography, and her own experience of writing lives of subjects from the past - from Charles II and William Hogarth to Elizabeth Gaskell and, most recently Edward Lear - and considers the role of group biographies, like her work on the Lunar Society,  and on the people of Britain during the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Tickets £10.
  • 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.
  • A Surrey History Trust event.

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