Image of Ethel Smyth, 1913 (SHC ref 9180/9/27)

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, Trans +) History Month 2018

January 29, 201811:00 pmLeave a Comment

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 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 […]

Image of 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 […]