Photograph of Harriet Costelloe, College Archivist at Royal Holloway, University of London

Women’s Suffrage and Royal Holloway College

June 5, 201812:27 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Harriet Costelloe, College Archivist, Royal Holloway, University of London As a result of being an early women’s higher education college, Royal Holloway College in Egham has many illustrious female alumnae, including some who took an active role in the suffrage movement after leaving College and many who interacted with the issues surrounding women’s […]

Suffrage and the Museums

May 24, 201810:49 amLeave a Comment

Hello, Holly here, Project Officer for ‘March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote’. My background is in museums and galleries so it has made sense for me to lead on one of the integral parts of the project, the suffrage collection audit of our five partner museums. If you have been following our […]

Suffrage in Surrey: Mary and George Watts

April 26, 20182:17 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Dr Lucy Ella Rose, Lecturer in Victorian Literature at University of Surrey The suffrage centenary this year calls for a remembrance of the founders and roots of feminism. The lives of artists Mary and George Watts coincided with the rise of the women’s movement, from its embryonic stage in the mid-nineteenth century to the […]

Celebrating Dame Ethel Smyth

March 29, 20185:00 pmLeave a Comment

An accomplished composer, militant suffragette and avid golfer – Dame Ethel Smyth, DBE, DMus (1858-1944) is one of those characters in history who never fails to intrigue us. She lived in Surrey for most of her life – firstly at the family home ‘Frimhurst’ in Frimley Green, and finally at ‘Coign’ (now renamed Brettanby Cottage) […]

Project Archivist Rosie at the Houses of Parliament

Surrey women in local government 100 years later

February 19, 20184:32 pmLeave a Comment

6th February 2018 marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act being passed which first gave women of property, over the age of 30, the right to vote in national elections. To mark this important anniversary and to launch the Vote 100 programme, Rosie, our Project Archivist was invited to the Houses of […]

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) History Month 2018

January 29, 201811:00 pmLeave a Comment

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and 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 in Surrey and elsewhere. This year Surrey Heritage has again teamed up with Outline, […]

Journey’s End – the new film is here!

January 26, 20183:22 pmLeave a Comment

Popcorn and hankies at the ready, the wait is over and the new film based on RC Sherriff’s great World War One play, and subsequent novelization, Journey’s End, is here! It will be released on 2 February 2018 by Lionsgate. Throughout filming, the production company, Fluidity Films, kept Surrey History Centre up to date with […]

David Williams, Surrey Finds Liaison Officer: Obituary

January 26, 201810:53 amLeave a Comment

The following is the text of the address given at David’s funeral and subsequently published newsletter of the Society of Antiquaries. David Williams FSA died on 9 December aged 68. He was elected a Fellow of the Society in April 1998. Sally Worrell FSA has kindly written this tribute, with help from his second cousin […]

Holly Parsons, Project Officer

Holly joins the March of the Women team

January 16, 20181:26 pmLeave a Comment

We would like to announce the arrival of the newest member of our team, Project Officer, Holly Parsons, who joins us from The Royal Pavilion and Museums in Brighton and has a range of experience working with volunteers, presenting talks and assisting at events. Holly is part-time, spending the rest of her working week at […]

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 – The Power of Words

January 1, 20181:19 amLeave a Comment

The written word is a powerful tool, allowing us to express thoughts and opinions, and to record our own testimony of events. Importantly, it has been possible through letters, diaries and memoirs for the written experience of survivors of the Holocaust to be preserved as evidence for the future. Some survivors have chosen to publish […]