Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 – How Can Life Go On?

January 1, 201712:02 amLeave a Comment

Weir Courtney, Lingfield: a sanctuary for child survivors of the Holocaust. A free display in Surrey History Centre’s foyer from Tuesday 3 January – Tuesday 31 January 2017 during normal opening hours. Learn how young survivors of the Nazi concentration camps were able to rebuild their lives thanks to the devoted care of Alice Goldberger […]

It’s a wrap! – the new Journey’s End film is at editing stage

Many of you will know that a new film version of R C Sherriff’s epic play Journey’s End has been in the pipeline for some time now. If ever there was a time for Journey’s End to be revived the centenary of the First World War is it. Surrey History Centre has been kept up […]

Mapping Heritage Data and ‘World GIS Day’

November 24, 20169:03 amLeave a Comment

Wednesday 16th November 2016 was ‘World GIS day’, and so this month the blog gets ‘techy’ and introduces one of the main computer systems used by Surrey’s Historic Environment Record. What is GIS? GIS stands for Geographical Information Systems which refers to a range of computer systems designed to deal with spatial data – in […]

From Journey’s End to The Dam Busters: The Life of R C Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches. Author Talk by Roland Wales.

Come and hear Roland Wales, author of the new, definitive biography, talk about the fascinating life of Esher playwright, Hollywood screenwriter and World War I hero, R. C. Sherriff. From Journey’s End to The Dam Busters: The Life of R C Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches Saturday 4 February 2017, 2-3.30pm at Surrey History Centre, […]

Explore Your Archive

November 17, 20168:00 amLeave a Comment

19th-27th November 2016 Surrey History Centre is again participating in the Explore Your Archive campaign, run by The National Archives to increase public awareness of the essential role of archives in society. The campaign takes place throughout the UK and Ireland. Look out for fun facebook postings and tweets throughout the week! Surrey History Centre’s […]

Heritage Showcase 2016 – HER in Lingfield

The HER team spent one Saturday at the start of this month with the staff of Surrey Heritage and several local history societies in Lingfield for the 2016 Heritage Showcase. We had a fantastic time and were very pleased to meet so many enthusiastic local residents keen to tell us their stories and interested in […]

October is Black History Month!

September 26, 20169:00 amLeave a Comment

For this year’s campaign we discover some wonderful C19th sketches of African Americans in the Vaughan Williams collection, a wonderful example of how archives can reveal the most fascinating and surprising items. Read more on Surrey History Centre’s website. Discover the full story. Read more amazing stories about the history of Surrey’s Black community and discover our […]

Surrey Heritage Showcase 2016

July 7, 20161:55 pmLeave a Comment

Discover history on your doorstep Saturday 8 October 2016 Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre High Street Lingfield RH7 6AB The Surrey Heritage Showcase is back! The year’s event will focus on Lingfield and the surrounding areas. This will be our fifth Heritage Showcase in the county which is a unique event that brings together not […]

Spelthorne Museum: Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016

June 3, 20169:51 amLeave a Comment

Spelthorne Museum volunteers, based in Staines, have been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016 The volunteers who run Spelthorne Museum have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Spelthorne Museum was founded in Staines in 1980, and since […]

National Libraries Day 2016

February 5, 20169:44 amLeave a Comment

Saturday 6 February 2016 is National Libraries Day. Surrey History Centre holds a local studies library collection as well as being a branch library and as a result has some unusual library related items. This year they’re featuring “Libraries under the hammer”. Libraries under the hammer at White and Sons, Auctioneers and Valuers of Dorking […]