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Early Modern Transcribathon

Saturday 14 July, 11.30am - 3.30pm

  • Bring a laptop and get ready to transcribe some 17th-century manuscripts. Your transcriptions of manuscripts from our archives will be included in the Manuscript Pamphleteering in Early Stuart England (MPESE) project, run in partnership with the University of Birmingham, University of Bristol and the British Library. You will help make some rare and important material more readily available to scholars, students, researchers and anyone interested in the 17th century.
  • No prior experience of palaeography is required as we will take you through the basics of studying historical handwriting. Featuring prizes for transcription speed and accuracy.
  • Tickets are free but it is advisable to book early as places are limited.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre, or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided, but we recommend you bring a packed lunch as there are no cafes near the Surrey History Centre.

Family History Saturday Sessions

Family History Online

Saturday 4 August, 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.
  • Tickets: £15.
  • 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 18 August, 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. This is expanded from a talk given at the Celtic Family History day in March 2016.
  • Tickets: £12.50.
  • 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

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).

TV Archaeology

Saturday 15 September, 2pm - 3.30pm

  • Talk with Julian Richards.
  • In this talk archaeologist Julian Richards will examine the ways in which archaeology has been portrayed on television, from the early days of 'Animal, Vegetable, Mineral' through the Time Team years and beyond. Drawing on his experience as the presenter of BBC 2's 'Meet the Ancestors' and 'Blood of the Vikings' Julian will offer his own personal views on the world of TV archaeology - likes and dislikes!
  • Julian Richards is a freelance archaeologist, author and former broadcaster on TV and radio. After a long career in field archaeology Julian spent seven years working for the BBC, developing and presenting 'Meet the Ancestors' and 'Blood of the Vikings' on BBC 2 and 'Mapping the Town' on Radio 4. More recently he presented 'Meet the Ancestors revisited' on BBC 4. Since 2004 Julian has led a number of community archaeology projects, many involving primary schools and has written a series of books on Stonehenge. He lectures widely and has recently curated museum exhibitions both in the UK and abroad. Current projects include an investigation of Shaftesbury Abbey, curating a ceramics gallery at Wimborne Museum and co-curating a major Stonehenge exhibition in Germany. As well as his degree Julian is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, has an Honorary Doctorate and his own Blue Peter badge.
  • Tickets: £10.
  • Surrey History Trust Members: £5.
  • 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.

Keeping it in the Family: A Four Week Course Reading and Interpreting Legal Records of Inheritance for Genealogy

Thursdays (10am–12.30pm): 4 October, 11 October, 18 October, 25 October

  • With special reference to the handwriting of examples from before 1800, this course introduces the use of title deeds, wills and manorial records for family history.
  • Week 1 discusses marriage settlements, deeds of arrangement between families to provide for the couple during their lives and for the inheritance of their heirs. We look at a deed and introduce some techniques of palaeography.
  • Week 2 discusses wills and where to find them, with a detailed look at reading one in 16th century Secretary Hand.
  • Weeks 3 and 4 discuss manorial records, which document inheritance by tenants even where they may have been too poor to make a will. We look at some 18th century examples and introduce how to extract and interpret information from court rolls.
  • £60 – booked as a complete 4 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.

Athelstan: the first King of all England

Saturday 6 October, 2pm - 3.30pm

  • Talk with Michael Wood.
  • It is often forgotten, but the roots of England lie before the Norman Conquest: the foundations of the English state were laid by three generations of the Wessex royal family, Alfred the Great, his son Edward and daughter Aethelflaed, and his grandson Athelstan. This illustrated talk focuses especially on Athelstan, who was crowned at Kingston in Surrey in September 925, and in 927 became the first king of all England. In it Michael Wood will argue that these three generations are the most important rulers in English history: without them the history of Britain might have been radically different: no English state perhaps, no English law, or English ideas about government; maybe no English language as the world's language?
  • Historian, filmmaker and broadcaster, Michael Wood is the author of several best-selling books including four UK Number One bestsellers, and well over one hundred documentary films, among them In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great and The Story of India, which the Wall Street Journal described as ' the gold standard' of documentary history making. His Story of England which told the tale of one village, Kibworth in Leicestershire, through British history, was called by the Independent 'the most innovative history series ever on TV'. Of his recent Story of China (BBC 2) the state news agency in China, Xinhua said it had 'transcended the barriers of ethnicity and belief and brought something inexplicably powerful and touching to the TV audience".
  • Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries. He recently received the British Academy President's Medal for services to History and outreach.
  • Tickets: £10.
  • Surrey History Trust Members: £5.
  • 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.

The Great Surrey Heritage Show

Saturday 20 October, 10.30am - 3.30pm

  • Go behind the scenes of Surrey History Centre at this unique event where we will be showcasing 70 items from our collection specially chosen to celebrate our 70th anniversary. From maps, to photographs, letters and pottery there will be a whole array of Surrey gems on show together for the first time. Joining in to celebrate are lots of local groups with stands, displays and information as well as children's activities and 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!
  • Behinds the scenes tours take place at the following times: 11.00am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2.00pm, 2.45pm. All tours require prebooking online apart from the last tour at 2.45pm which will be first come, first served on the day and will fill quickly.

Surrey Diaries

Saturday 3 November, times to be confirmed

  • Surrey Local History Committee and Surrey Heritage present: Surrey Diaries.
  • Speakers include:
    • Gordon Cox, William Bray's travel diary
    • Kirsty Kirkpatrick, Surrey Diaries at the Mass Observation Archive, University of Sussex
    • Alan Gibbs, Lucy Broadwood's diaries
    • Isabel Sullivan, John Evelyn's diary and Surrey
    • Dr Catherine Fergusson, Samuel Pepys's diary and Surrey
    • Dr David Taylor, Susan Lushington's Diary
    • Mike Page, County Archivist, The World War One Diary of Frederick A Robinson of Cobham
  • Tickets £12.00. Morning and afternoon refreshments are included but please make your own arrangements for lunch.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Tickets available soon.

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