The Suffragette, volume 1, no 35, Friday 13th June 1913, Emily Wilding Davison memorial edition (SHC ref 324.623 S1x/98/N12).

Discovering the Davisons

December 12, 20172:55 pmLeave a Comment

One of the most rewarding aspects of historical research and a project like this, is finding connections between individuals, events or places that perhaps you didn’t otherwise realise were there. A rather exciting example of this occurred during my first few days with the March of the Women project when we received an enquiry regarding […]

All the Fun of the Fair!

October 27, 201712:02 amLeave a Comment

On Saturday 4th November the West Surrey Family History Society will be hosting their annual Family History Fair at Woking Leisure Centre.  This is a great event my colleagues Justine and Isabel and I will be ‘flying the flag’ for Surrey History Centre and Seeking Surrey Ancestors (you can’t miss me; I’m a tall woman […]

Welcome Rosie!

October 11, 20172:43 pmLeave a Comment

We are delighted to introduce our new ‘March of the Women’ Project Archivist, Rosie Everritt. Rosie comes to us from Imperial College, London, and has a range of archive experience, which also takes in Berkshire Record Office, Falmouth University and the University of Exeter. Over the coming 18 months Rosie will be tackling a wide […]

October is Black History Month!

September 30, 201711:51 pmLeave a Comment

Surrey Heritage continues to mark this annual international awareness campaign but ensures that Black History is present all year round through online guides, reading lists, and library and archive collections. Read more amazing stories about the history of Surrey’s Black community and discover our Black History online research resources at Colonial slavery shaped modern […]

Surrey Heritage Showcase 2017

September 20, 20173:41 pmLeave a Comment

Discover history on your doorstep 10.30am – 2.30pm Saturday 14 October 2017 Cranleigh Arts Centre 1 High Street, Cranleigh, GU6 8AS The Surrey Heritage Showcase is back! The year’s event will focus on Cranleigh and Ewhurst. This will be our sixth Heritage Showcase in the county which is a unique event that brings together not […]

Front cover of Ethel Smyth's composition The March of the Women, dedicated to the Women's Social and Political Union, 1911 (SHC Ref. 9180/5)

The March begins!

September 5, 201710:31 amLeave a Comment

Welcome to the first of many blogs for our new project The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote. Kindly supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project will celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Act of Parliament which gave the vote to women over the age of 30. The project will focus […]

Let’s Talk Family History!

August 25, 20178:23 amLeave a Comment

I’m really enjoying the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? and I’m thrilled that the television series won a British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA) for the Features category. Although it has been nominated a few times, this was the first time it has won and I’m absolutely delighted. The […]

Land of My Fathers!

August 10, 20174:36 pmLeave a Comment

I’m just off to Wales for a short break and possibly a bit of research.  Sadly I’m not blessed with Welsh ancestors but growing up in Wales means that I have developed a real fascination with Welsh ancestry and have enjoyed helping my friends search for their forebears. Many people are a bit daunted by […]

Surrey Museums i-spy Challenge!

August 4, 201710:18 amLeave a Comment

If you are looking for great days out with your family, then why not visit one of Surrey’s fantastic museums or galleries and get involved with hands-on workshops, activities or events. The challenge runs every year from April to September, always with a different trail theme. This year is all about Surrey Super Women, celebrating just some of the many women who have […]

Seeking Surrey Ancestors! New Blog

July 27, 20179:49 amLeave a Comment

Hello, and welcome to the Seeking Surrey Ancestors Family History Blog. My name is Jane Lewis and I am a qualified genealogist working at Surrey History Centre, the county archive and local studies library for Surrey. With thousands of enquiries and visitors every year, we can advise and assist with all aspects of family history […]