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 […]

Preserving the History and Heritage of Mosques in Britain

July 24, 20182:52 pmLeave a Comment

Conference at the Shah Jahan Mosque, Woking, 13 October 2018 The Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive and Shah Jahan mosque would like to invite you to attend the first ever conference to address the importance of documenting the history and heritage of mosques and their people in Britain. This unique conference takes place at the […]

Vive la France et le Surrey!

July 20, 20184:39 pmLeave a Comment

The Heritage Conservation Team’s wall chart for the men’s football World Cup may now be in the recycling bin, but the home country of the new world champions, France, continues to be enjoying a bit of a moment right now. It celebrated Bastille Day last weekend, and the Tour de France cycle race is currently making its way through the Alps. So, […]

Uncovering the stories of Extraordinary Women

July 19, 201810:17 amLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Sarah Holloway, project volunteer and Operations Officer at Heritage Open Days In the past three weeks I’ve gone slightly cross-eyed at tiny newsprint, rediscovered the marvel of an ever sharp pilot pencil, and struggled to suppress both tears and squeals of joy at new discoveries in the quiet focus of Surrey History Centre’s […]

Wedded Bliss!

I read somewhere recently that the average cost of a wedding in the UK is £27,000. I nearly fell off my perch when I read this and thanked whoever was listening that I hadn’t got any children – if I had, they certainly wouldn’t have got £27,000 from me, or even assuming only a half […]

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Suffrage in Egham

July 3, 20183:01 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Amy Stone, Cultural Engagement Officer (Suffrage in Egham Project), Egham Museum The ‘Suffrage in Egham’ project aimed to uncover the local impact of the suffrage movement and the affect it had on ordinary people in Egham over 100 years ago. Royal Holloway, University of London and Egham Town Team have partnered on this […]