Seascape II by Stephen Hornsby-Smith (b 1969) Image credit: University of Surrey © the artist.

Surrey Arts: Your Paintings Quiz

February 15, 201312:43 pmLeave a Comment

Surrey History Centre has  joined up with 11 other Galleries in Surrey to bring you the “Surrey Arts – Your Paintings Quiz.” Organised by the University of Surrey; this competition runs from 15th – 25th February. Click here to find out more about the quiz. Simply download the entry form here – and either visit […]

Putting Archives on the map – using augmented reality to bring images to life

February 13, 20131:08 pmLeave a Comment

Out and about in Surrey? It’s worth checking our new app to see historic images of the county nearest to where  you’re standing. The Surrey History Centre have geocoded many of the archive records from the collection of over 2000 items made by Robert Barclay (1750-1830) of Bury Hill, Dorking. The collection includes over 500 […]

Nonsuch Palace from a print by George Hoefnagel, 1582, with hunting party in the foreground including carriages. Stag hunt in progress in the background - Surrey History Centre collections.

Living Like Royalty in Surrey and Beyond

February 5, 20135:14 pmLeave a Comment

Surrey Heritage and the Friends of Woking Palace present an exciting day of talks exploring the Medieval and Tudor residences and lifestyles of the elite in an era of change. Saturday 23 March 2013, 10.00am to 4.00pm, at Surrey History Centre. Programme 10.00 – 10.30     Arrival and coffee 10.30 – 11.30    Professor Nigel Saul, Royal […]

Cartoon to mark the closure of the old Guildford Library and its removal to new premises on North Street by Reuben Harold Betts drawn for Guilford Library in 1962. SHC Ref: PX/72/655

National Libraries Day 2013

February 5, 20133:44 pmLeave a Comment

To mark this year’s National Libraries Day here are some images held at Surrey History Centre showing the changes in libraries over the years. The Chained Library at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford photographed in 1908 for the Surrey Photographic Record, SHC ref: 7828/2/72/42 Illustration showing a chain from the Chained Library reproduced from A […]

Alan Turing: A short but brilliant life

January 2, 20134:58 pmLeave a Comment

Display for LGBT History Month at Surrey History Centre, Woking 5 Feb- 2 March 2013 LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans) History Month takes place every year in February and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. This is an opportunity to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people […]

Historic Surrey Records to go Online

October 23, 20129:31 am

Images of thousands of historic documents are to be published online thanks to Surrey County Council and the family history website Click here to find out which documents will be digitised for viewing online. The documents contain unique information about millions of people who lived in Surrey since the Tudor Age from all sections […]

Was your ancestor sent to Surrey County Gaol?

March 12, 201212:59 pmLeave a Comment

An online index to the register of deaths, 1798 – 1878, in the prison is now available. The gaol in Horsemonger Lane, Newington, was Surrey’s principal prison and place of execution up to its closure in 1878.   The gaol housed both criminals and debtors, and had a a capacity of around 300 inmates. The index […]

Surrey History Centre – Archive of the Year Award 2012

February 25, 20121:30 pmLeave a Comment

Dr Nick Barratt, Lead Consultant for BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” and Editor in Chief of Your Family History presented Julian Pooley, Surrey History Centre Manager, with the Archive of the Year Award 2012. Your Family History Magazine Archive of the Year Award 2012   Julian Pooley, Surrey History Centre, with Nick Barratt, […]

Surrey is a winner – 100 images of migration competition

December 2, 20111:01 pmLeave a Comment

A rare and unique photograph of John Springfield, a Zanzibar slave and later resident of Guildford (1847-1891), is one the winners in the 100 Images of Migration competition organised by The Guardian newspaper and The Migration Museum. The John Springfield collection is part of the Surrey History Centre archive (Ref.1714) and his story was researched […]