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 LGBTQ+ community. This is an opportunity to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans […]

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 […]