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Archive resources for learning

Archive learning resources for schools

Our Heritage Learning and Communities Officer is happy to answer enquiries from teachers and sixth formers in Surrey schools concerning class visits, advice or source packs. INSET training on how to find and use archive sources in the classroom can also be provided.  We can offer:

  • Advice for teachers on local sources to support classroom projects
  • Exploring Surrey's Past website
  • Journey’s End: First World War Schools Resource for KS4 English and History, a free online resource based on the archives of Surrey author and playwright, RC Sherriff (1896–1975), whose First World War experiences led him to write the highly successful play Journey’s End.
  • INSET sessions on using documents, maps, census returns and other popular sources (£)
  • Classroom sessions by our Heritage Learning and Communities Officer using copies of local primary sources (£)
  • Small class visits to the Surrey History Centre - please try to contact the Heritage Learning and Communities Officer half a term in advance to arrange a visit (£)
  • General topic source packs
  • Surrey local history source packs tailored to your school's needs - please try to give at least half a term's notice (£)

(£) means there will be a charge for this service.

Topic source packs - We currently have a selection of source packs on popular history related topics looking at local Surrey sources, for example World War Two. Packs can be purchased by contacting the Heritage Learning and Communities Officer.  Please see the "tasters" at the foot of this page.

Local history source packs - Research into the archive will provide a range of local history sources specific to your school including: old maps, census, trade directory entries and any other items where relevant. As these require research time please allow plenty of time before your deadline. We recommend at least half a term.

AS Level / Undergraduate students

Project on a local topic? We may have information and resources for you.

  • Guided tours and group visits to the Surrey History Centre
  • Appointments for students who would like special help with A-Level studies or theses, to advise on the sources which might be available in the Surrey History Centre - remember to check suitable sources are available before deciding on your topic.

Archive learning resources for home education

Surrey Heritage welcomes home education groups and can offer a range of resources and sessions to meet your needs.  We can offer:

(£) means there will be a charge for this service.

See above for more about Topic source packs and Local history source packs.

Archive learning resources for adult learners

Interested in local or family history, but don't know how to start?

  • Exploring Surrey's Past website
  • Surrey Heritage staff led sessions at Surrey History Centre for local and family history related Adult Education classes (£)
  • Surrey Heritage talks - please see list of talks available (£)
  • Tours of Surrey History Centre and introductory talks (£)
  • Sessions using pre-ordered documents under the supervision of an archivist (£)

Archive learning resources for community groups

Interested in local or family history, but don't know how to start? Please contact the Heritage and Communities Learning Officer if you would like to find out more about the archives or Surrey Heritage.  We can offer:

  • Exploring Surrey's Past website
  • Surrey Heritage staff led sessions at Surrey History Centre exploring local or family history (£)
  • Surrey Heritage talks - please see our list of talks available (£)
  • Tours of the Surrey History Centre and introductory talks (£)
  • Sessions using pre-ordered documents under the supervision of an archivist (£)
  • Sessions and tours for Brownies, Cubs, Guides and Scouts (£)
  • Sessions and tours for youth groups (£)

Heritage Learning and Communities Officer
Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND
shs@surreycc.gov.uk  01483 518737

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