New! The March of the Women suffrage indexes are now live!

June 11, 201911:37 amLeave a Comment

As Surrey Heritage’s project ‘The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote‘ draws to a close at the end of June we are delighted to announce that our new suffrage indexes are now live on Exploring Surrey’s Past The indexes have been produced by our fantastic team of volunteers using reports in […]

Suffragette Planners and Plotters: The Pankhurst, Pethick-Lawrence Story

May 2, 201912:48 pmLeave a Comment

Talk and book signing at Surrey History Centre, by Kathy Atherton, on Saturday 15 June 2019, 11am-12.30pm. Join us for a fascinating talk on Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence, Surrey’s key militant suffrage campaigners, where Kathy will reveal all from her latest book Suffragette Planners and Plotters: The Pankhurst, Pethick-Lawrence Story (Pen & Sword, 2019). For […]

Rosie at Epsom racecourse

Farewell Rosie

February 19, 20192:12 pmLeave a Comment

“Where has the time gone?”… This seems to be my most frequently asked question this month as my time working on ‘The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote’ project at Surrey History Centre draws to a close. I have been involved with the project for just under 18 months but I have […]

LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans +) History Month 2019

January 30, 201910:36 amLeave a Comment

History II – Peace, Reconciliation and Activism LGBT+  (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and 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 people in Surrey and elsewhere. The national […]

Blue plaque on a brick wall which reads 'The Dorking and Holmwood suffragette campaign of 1912 was run from this house by Charlotte Marsh (1887-1961) and Helen Gordon Liddle (1875-1956)'

A blue plaque commemorates the Dorking suffragette campaign

January 18, 20192:46 pmLeave a Comment

Coinciding to the day with the centenary of the first general election at which women were allowed to vote and to stand for election to Parliament, a blue plaque was unveiled on Friday 14 December 2018 on the wall of number 43 Howard Road, Dorking. This house was at the centre of one of the […]

Holocaust Memorial Day 2019: “Torn From Home”

January 1, 20199:00 amLeave a Comment

Stoatley Rough School Imagine leaving your home for a new country to live with strangers and never knowing if you would see your family again.  For many children and young people sent away to escape Nazi persecution In the 1930s and 1940s, Britain became their new home.  Here they were cared for in homes, hostels […]

Black and white portrait of Christabel Pankhurst showing her head and shoulders. She wears her hair in a loose top bun and wears a white blouse with a crochet high collar and pendant

“O! Lovely Surrey! There is nothing like it”: Christabel Pankhurst in Ewhurst

December 13, 20184:03 pmLeave a Comment

Dame Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958), daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and co-leader of the Women’s Social and Political Union, was a central figure in the women’s suffrage movement. This charismatic and highly intelligent suffragette was a talented speaker who did not refrain from encouraging militant forms of protest in the pursuit of votes for women. During the […]

Consultation on Heritage Services

November 1, 20182:44 pmLeave a Comment

This week Surrey County Council has launched five consultations on a range of services. The Council wishes to hear the views of as many residents, partners, voluntary and community groups as possible by Friday 4 January 2019 to help it to shape those services for the future and set a sustainable budget. The consultations cover: […]

A photograph of volunteer Jackie Palmer

From Surrey to Budapest: where volunteering has taken me!

October 30, 20185:07 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Jackie Palmer, retired teacher and volunteer newspaper indexer for ‘The March of The Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote’ project On Tuesday 19th June 2018 as part of the research project entitled ‘The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote’, I was working on indexing articles about women’s suffrage from The […]

Photograph of female author Tessa Boase

Etta Lemon of Redhill: Queen Bee of the Forgotten Anti-Suffrage Movement

September 26, 20183:22 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Tessa Boase, author of Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather: Fashion, Fury and Feminism – Women’s Fight for Change When I started researching Margaretta Lemon, co-founder of the all-female Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), I assumed that she would be in favour of women’s suffrage. Of course she would. This was a woman […]