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Marian Hemar (1901-1972), Polish poet and writer buried in Coldharbour, Surrey

June 15, 201510:28 amLeave a Comment

The final resting place of Polish literary giant Marian Hemar can be found at Christ Church in the idyllic Surrey village of Coldharbour. The grave, which is close to the front entrance of the church, has recently been restored (2015) and is in a beautiful location in the Surrey Hills. The following two images show […]

Polish Exiles in Surrey – Tweedsmuir Military Camp, Thursley

June 15, 201510:04 amLeave a Comment

Surrey History Centre has supported a Heritage Lottery Fund project to celebrate the history of Tweedsmuir Military Camp, near Thursley. The camp was originally built by the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1941 and during the Second World War it acted as a base for returning Canada and American troops. The camp was named after Lord […]

Sources at Surrey History Centre for researching Polish history and the Polish community

June 15, 20159:57 amLeave a Comment

Surrey History Centre (SHC) holds a small amount of material useful for Polish community and family history. This guide gives a brief idea of what is held here and elsewhere but is by no means exhaustive. If you can suggest other places of research or can help by adding material to our collections, we would […]

The Polish Community in Surrey

June 12, 20154:17 pmLeave a Comment

There has been an established Polish presence in Surrey since the early twentieth century, with migrant workers finding their way to the county from London for employment, or setting up their own businesses. A large number of Poles, however, came to the UK during the Second World War either as servicemen in the Polish Allied […]

Can you help? Surrey Firemen in the Great War

May 27, 20158:48 amLeave a Comment

The Surrey Fire Museum Trust located at the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Reigate are researching information on any Surrey firemen who went on to serve in the armed forces during the First World War and who were sadly ‘killed in action’ during their service. To date only 6 firemen have been identified […]

Fire at Clandon Park – Surrey Infantry Museum

May 9, 20158:03 pmLeave a Comment

“From the images of the fire yesterday the damage was clearly widespread and news agencies are saying that one wing of the building is completely destroyed. I am sure that we all extend our sympathy and best wishes to all of the staff. Thank heavens they are safe and all accounted for.” Barrie Higham, Heritage […]

Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers Project Newsletter – May 2015

May 8, 201512:14 pmLeave a Comment

Welcome to the very first newsletter for this exciting Surrey Heritage project. It may seem that all has gone quiet since the announcement of our HLF funding success back in January, but we have been very busy behind the scenes setting everything in place for the project to get into full swing very soon. To […]

Surrey Celebrates Victory in Europe

May 6, 20151:40 pmLeave a Comment

Across Surrey, as elsewhere in Britain, the end of war in Europe in 1945 was marked with an abundance of festivities and commemorations. The capital was awash with people partying into the early hours of the morning; the Surrey Mirror, 11 May 1945, reported that “large contingents of people from Redhill and Reigate travelled on […]

Woking Ahmadiyya Muslim Community launches their Peace Bus at Surrey History Centre

March 17, 201512:56 pmLeave a Comment

On 16 April 2012 Surrey History Centre were delighted to host the launch of the Woking Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Peace bus. The bus carries the Community’s Peace campaign poster promoting ‘Muslims for Loyalty, Freedom & Peace’. Surrey History Centre were asked to hold the event because the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) view the venue as […]