Surrey’s archives are a vast resource of written documents, maps, illustrations and photographs relating to all aspects of the history of the county. You can study the archives at Surrey History Centre in Woking.
- The latest Surrey Heritage Activity Review “Discovering, Preserving, Celebrating” is now available as a pdf document. Click here to download a copy.
- Are you planning to visit Surrey History Centre for the first time?
- Do you want more general information about the material held at the Centre?
- Watch this short, introductory video to find out more; for example, what to expect when you arrive and what you need to bring with you.
Find out more about seeing documents in the archive.
You might want to look at the history of your house or family. We can also help you to investigate themes such as social or political history, the development of garden design or the lives of local personalities.
At the History Centre, there are documentary sources and publications relating to local government – Quarter Sessions, the County Council and local district and parish councils; private and family papers relating to landed estates or local people; and information concerning local businesses, schools, charities, churches, clubs and societies.
The following databases containing descriptions of the archives held at Surrey History Centre can be searched on this website.
- Surrey History Centre Collections Catalogue, gives access to the full text of the archive catalogues held by Surrey History Centre. Search for records covering the economic, religious and social history of the county.
- Robert Barclay Illustrations. A Surrey-wide collection of prints and watercolours from the 17th to 19th centuries. 1,000 of these images are now available online. Images not online are available to view at Surrey History Centre.
- Francis Frith Photographs, part of the national Frith archive established in 1860. A collection of over 14,000 Francis Frith photographs held by Surrey History Centre. The photographs show views of buildings, towns and villages, landscapes and people throughout Surrey from the 1880s to 1960s. Some of these images are displayed on this website with individual records. Some images are linked to the Francis Frith website, where you can view them online.
- Collection of Surrey Illustrations. We hold a collection of over 35,000 postcards, photographs, drawings, prints, paintings and slides. 12,000 records have images available online and more are being added. Images not online are available to view at Surrey History Centre.
- Library Maps. Surrey History Centre holds a rich array of nearly 900 published or printed maps, from town plans to county maps.
- Journals. A collection of over 500 periodical titles and more than 40,000 separately indexed articles held by Surrey History Centre, including many publications from local history societies. You can search the titles of the articles within these journals.
- Loseley Letters, recording the official and private correspondence of successive members of the More family of Loseley House between c.1506 and 1689. They form an important record of Tudor and Stuart life in the county.
- Sale Particulars, a key resource for those researching their house or local history. A collection of over 5000 sale particulars held at Surrey History Centre. Other sale particulars are also held in the Surrey History Centre Collections Catalogue.
For more information about Surrey History Centre, please visit the website for opening hours, location map and further information on the range of resources held.