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Rewind: 7 decades of stories from Leonard Cheshire Disability

  • Tuesday 1 August - Thursday 31 August, free display in our foyer during normal opening hours.
  • An exhibition sharing the history of Leonard Cheshire Disability through films, photographs and stories from the charity's archive, in the centenary year of Leonard Cheshire's birth. Learn about Leonard Cheshire's war career, how Leonard Cheshire Disability began and the 55-year history of local Cheshire home Hydon Hill, near Godalming. Watch films created by disabled people living at the first Cheshire home Le Court in the 1960s and hear stories from people involved with Hydon Hill today. This exhibition is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.

Explorers Through Time - Summer Holiday Family Activities

  • Wednesday 2 August - Thursday 31 August during normal opening hours.
  • Join us at the Surrey History Centre and become an explorer for the day. Discover the adventures of Surrey explorers and get creative with our free arts and crafts drop in family activities.
  • Activities include; make your own binoculars, help spot the hidden animals, design your own map, solve our adventurous 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.

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).

Hot Off The Press: Digital Newspaper Archives and Local History

  • Saturday 7 October, 10.45am - 3.30pm.
  • Surrey Local History Committee and Surrey Heritage present:
    • 10.45 Registration and coffee
    • 11.15-12.00 Dr Gerry Moss, Surrey Archaeological Society
      Local History from Digital Newspapers
    • 12.00-12.30 Seth Cayley, Gale Cengage Learning
      The 17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspaper Collection: A New Digital Resource
    • 12.30-1.00 Julian Pooley, Surrey History Centre
      ‘A Copious Collection of Newspapers': John Nichols and his Collection of Newspapers, Pamphlets and News Sheets, 1760-1865
    • 1.00-2.00 Lunch
    • 2.00-2.45 Dr John Price, Goldsmiths, University of London
      Stories of Splendid Heroism: researching gallantry using newspaper archives
    • 2.45-3.15 Juliet Warren, Surrey History Centre
      Surrey in the Great War: Creating and using newspaper indexes for Home Front Research
    • 3.15-3.30 Discussion, Tea and Close
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • £10 includes refreshments. Please make your own arrangements for lunch.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Surrey Heritage Showcase

  • Saturday 14 October, 10.30am - 2.30pm.
  • A celebration of Cranleigh and Ewhurst’s heritage with displays, local group stands and information, talks, children's activities and more!
  • Free entry.
  • Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AS.
  • Find out more online: www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/showcase2017

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.

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 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

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.

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