Scottish Research

Hello – I’m back! What an amazing holiday I had in Scotland tracing my ancestors with my wonderful friend Jill, who was invaluable in helping me soak up so much information on my Scottish forebears. Visiting the Scotland’s People Centre and the National Records of Scotland was certainly one of the highlights of the trip […]

Suffrage and the Museums

May 24, 201810:49 amLeave a Comment

Hello, Holly here, Project Officer for ‘March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote’. My background is in museums and galleries so it has made sense for me to lead on one of the integral parts of the project, the suffrage collection audit of our five partner museums. If you have been following our […]

Magic, Witches and Evil: An Unexpected Find in Staines Part one

May 18, 20184:02 pmLeave a Comment

!!!WARNING!!!! THIS POST DOES CONTAIN GRAPHIC IMAGES OF A 19TH CENTURY DEAD ANIMAL WITHIN AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT. Staines-upon-Thames town centre has been undergoing a programme of regeneration in recent years, leading to a number of important discoveries relating to its Roman past. The eagle-eyed visitor will note signs commemorating this past in the form of modern artwork in […]

Hello from Scotland!

When you read this blog I shall be conducting a little ancestral tourism in Scotland! Although I shall be ferreting away in the Scotland’s People centre and the National Records of Scotland, the main reason is to actually see where my ancestors lived and worked and walk a little way in their footsteps. Like similar […]

A Great Story!

I do love a good story and if you are lucky enough to work in an archive as I do, you can find great stories in practically every document you look through.  A friend and colleague here at Surrey History Centre has been working with volunteers to catalogue a wonderful collection of photographs by Woking […]

Suffrage in Surrey: Mary and George Watts

April 26, 20182:17 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Dr Lucy Ella Rose, Lecturer in Victorian Literature at University of Surrey The suffrage centenary this year calls for a remembrance of the founders and roots of feminism. The lives of artists Mary and George Watts coincided with the rise of the women’s movement, from its embryonic stage in the mid-nineteenth century to the […]

A Night To Remember

April 13, 201811:14 amLeave a Comment

On the  15th April 1912 an event occurred that shocked the world, played out in the early hours of the morning.  On her maiden voyage across the Atlantic the RMS Titanic of the White Star Line sank following a collision with an iceberg with a large loss of life amongst its passengers and crew In this […]

New and Exciting Acquisitions!

April 13, 201810:30 amLeave a Comment

Just a quick word to advise on some new acquisitions in the last couple of months. On the parish front, we have taken in some more parish registers from Ottershaw, Headley (Hampshire), Shalford, Fetcham, Merton, and Nork.  We’ve also acquired Nonconformist records from Wey Valley and Kingston upon Thames Methodist Circuits and we also now hold […]

Netting a Good Catch!

I’m a great believer in always checking original sources and never relying on transcripts or indexes.  However, just occasionally I found that it is better to let an expert in on the act.  This came home to me recently when I was researching some of my Lincolnshire fishing ancestors. Now, as someone who feels slightly […]

Celebrating Dame Ethel Smyth

March 29, 20185:00 pmLeave a Comment

An accomplished composer, militant suffragette and avid golfer – Dame Ethel Smyth, DBE, DMus (1858-1944) is one of those characters in history who never fails to intrigue us. She lived in Surrey for most of her life – firstly at the family home ‘Frimhurst’ in Frimley Green, and finally at ‘Coign’ (now renamed Brettanby Cottage) […]