Far and Wide: researching our ancestors overseas

September 28, 20188:34 amLeave a Comment

Hello – did you miss me?  Sorry not to have blogged for 3 weeks but I’ve been having such an amazing time!  First of all, I had a holiday in Italy (yes, they do let me out from time to time!) and when I returned, we had lots of preparation for the wonderful London Family […]

Photograph of female author Tessa Boase

Etta Lemon of Redhill: Queen Bee of the Forgotten Anti-Suffrage Movement

September 26, 20183:22 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Tessa Boase, author of Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather: Fashion, Fury and Feminism – Women’s Fight for Change When I started researching Margaretta Lemon, co-founder of the all-female Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), I assumed that she would be in favour of women’s suffrage. Of course she would. This was a woman […]

October is Black History Month!

September 26, 20182:39 pmLeave a Comment

October is Black History Month! Surrey Heritage continues to mark this international awareness campaign which ensures that Black History is present all year round. For centuries, people have moved to Surrey from all over the UK and throughout the world. Some came as merchants or economic migrants, and some came as slaves. By whatever means […]

The March of the Women Project Community Day

September 12, 20181:10 pmLeave a Comment

Sat 24th November 2018, 10am-4pm At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6ND Join us for an exciting day celebrating Surrey’s suffrage connections, including: Talks Dr Elizabeth Crawford – Suffrage Art and Artists Kathy Atherton – The Money behind the Militant Movement: Emmeline and Fred Pethick-Lawrence Tessa Boase – Mrs Lemon, the […]

A Woman of Mystery!

August 31, 20188:00 amLeave a Comment

You really can’t always trust what your ancestors say on the census – or on other documents for that matter.  My father’s maternal grandfather modestly describes himself as a ‘Cotton Spinner’ on the 1901 census when he was actually a partner in a very successful cotton mill employing over 250 people in the Wigan area.   […]

Kings, Bishops, and Robins: a tour of two Surrey castles

August 24, 20185:33 pmLeave a Comment

The following has been written by a guest blogger; Brandon Robins, the SCC Heritage Conservation Team’s admin assistant and a big fan of medieval castles. Brandon is leaving us to go to university very soon, where he will no doubt develop and deepen his interest in castles and all manner of other things to do with archaeology and history. We […]

A Crim in the Family!

August 17, 20189:27 amLeave a Comment

My boss (History Centre Manager, Julian Pooley) has always said we should have a large sign over the reading-room door which reads ‘if you don’t want to know, don’t look’. He has a point. I recently had to conduct some research for someone whose ancestor had changed her name and wanted to know why. We […]

When The Cat’s Away

August 16, 20189:59 amLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Claire Parker, writer, actor, director, LynchPin Productions Theatre Company In the research for my previous play “Rotten Perfect” set in the 1890s and based on the backstage story of Ellen Terry the actress, I absorbed a lot about her family and friends of that era. The Shavians were already embracing more enlightened politics […]

What’s new at Guildford Museum? ‘Our History, Our Identity’

August 15, 201811:10 amLeave a Comment

By Dajana Topczewski, Engagement Officer at Guildford Museum Last year, Guildford Museum gathered memories and stories of Guildford’s past and present during the Your Stories, Your Museum – funded by Arts Council England project. This year, we want to build on this work and reach more people. In particular, we are keen to explore the […]

What’s in a Name?

July 27, 201812:02 amLeave a Comment

Until comparatively recently, the correct spelling of names has seemed, by and large, to be an option.  There are all sorts of theories as to why the spellings of names should vary so much, including: Literacy – if you can’t read or write you have to rely on someone else to copy your name down […]