October is Black History Month!

September 24, 20203:43 pmLeave a Comment

Black History Month 2020 Surrey Heritage has supported this international awareness campaign for nearly twenty years now, acknowledging the need to preserve the history of Black lives in the county and raise awareness through our collections and outreach. However, the seismic impact of the Black Lives Matters movement this year reinforces the importance to not […]

Celebrating trees in London and beyond

May 19, 20202:09 pmLeave a Comment

The 2020 Urban Tree Festival, organised by the Museum of Walking, is online from 16-24 May 2020. Julian Pooley, Public Services and Engagement Manager for Surrey Heritage, based at Surrey History Centre in Woking, has contributed a talk and blog which explores trees, landscape and memory in the Surrey Archives. For Julian’s talk and guest […]

Findmypast for Surrey Residents

April 2, 20203:56 pmLeave a Comment

Important notice for Surrey residents. Family history website Findmypast is offering limited free access to its digitised records to Surrey residents confined to barracks so they can continue (or indeed begin) to explore their family’s history from home. Please note that the number of records that can be downloaded through this means is subject to […]

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Bored? Bewildered? Exhausted by online browsing?

March 27, 20201:40 pmLeave a Comment

If you’re looking for online learning or something fun and creative for the kids to do then we hope the following resources will help bust the boredom during the current lockdown. Channel your creativity, be inspired and learn something new with the selection of free on-line educational and entertaining resources offered by Surrey Heritage and […]

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Bust the boredom with Treasure Jam!

March 27, 202012:50 pmLeave a Comment

From awesome archaeology to pesky pirates, Surrey Heritage’s Treasure Jam is here to help bust boredom during the Coronavirus lockdown. If you’re looking for something fun and creative for the kids -or yourself- to do then look no further. Treasure Jam is an online event that encourages children, and anyone else who wants to get […]

Share your experiences of life during Shutdown

March 26, 20202:49 pmLeave a Comment

Your Surrey COVID19 Journal These are challenging and exceptional times. Few, if any of us will have experienced such a seismic shift in our daily lives in so short a time. Within just a few days and weeks long-laid plans have been postponed or cancelled, pubs, restaurants, shops, churches, sporting and leisure activities have been […]

Re-opening of Surrey History Centre

March 19, 20206:30 pmLeave a Comment

Surrey History Centre will be opening its doors once again on 21st July 2020 to researchers wishing to access its unique archive and local studies collections. Please check the Surrey History Centre website ( For further information and updates see: Visiting Surrey History Centre and Surrey History Centre Opening Hours We are still asking people […]

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LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans +) History Month 2020

January 29, 202011:45 pmLeave a Comment

Events at Surrey History Centre Every February in the UK, since 2005, LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans +) History Month has celebrated the lives and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community. The campaign provides an opportunity to discover Surrey’s LGBTQ+ past and celebrate its present and future – this hidden history can reveal some surprising […]

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020: “Stand Together”

December 30, 201912:01 amLeave a Comment

“Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good” (Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Europe) Refugees in ‘a remote corner of Surrey’ Before and during the Second World War, the people of Surrey frequently demonstrated remarkable compassion and real […]

Black History Month 2019

September 20, 20199:22 amLeave a Comment

Lucean Arthur Headen – an African American inventor in Camberley October is Black History Month! Surrey Heritage supports this international awareness campaign as part of our continuing aim to record and celebrate the lives of our county’s diverse communities. This month American academic and author, Dr Jill D Snider, reveals the inspiring and fascinating life […]