All the resources on Exploring Surrey’s Past can be useful for local history. Exploring Surrey’s Past features one special local history resource – a collection of local history images.
You can search for, and view, images digitised by Caterham and District Local History Centre.
You can visit the Caterham and District Local History Centre at Caterham Valley Library to see more images in the collection.
There are seven local history centres based in Surrey libraries. These centres each offer an extensive range of resources relating to their local area.
Follow the links below to see the web pages of the seven centres for details of opening times, how to contact them and which places they cover.
- Banstead History Centre in Banstead Library
- Cranleigh Local and Family History Centre in Cranleigh Library
- Epsom and Ewell Local and Family History Centre in Ewell Library
- Hayward History Centre in Lingfield Library
- Horley Local History Centre in Horley Library
- Caterham and District Local History Centre in Caterham Valley Library
- Redhill Centre for Local and Family History in Redhill Library
There are more than 40 museums in Surrey and most can tell you about the local history of their area.
Guildford Institute Library holds a collection of local history books, ephemera, prints and drawings relating to the history, antiquities and topography of Guildford and Surrey, including much unique material. Members of the public may visit by prior arrangement with the librarian.
Surrey History Centre holds the largest collection of printed local history books in the county, along with maps, photographs, archives and ephemera relating to the past and present of the whole county.
Surrey Archaeological Society holds much unique material relating to the history and archaeology of Surrey.
There are useful links to many local societies on the website of Surrey History Centre, if you would like to get involved in local history where you live.