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) […]

How did that get here? A forgotten folder of notes on the history of Shepperton

March 22, 20183:02 pmLeave a Comment

We hold a lot of published and unpublished material at our main Historic Environment Record (HER) office space in Surrey County Hall, from 19th-century archaeological journals through to newly-published books and all sorts more besides. Lately, we’ve been sorting through and reorganising our bookshelves, and in the process have made a remarkable (re)discovery. It may not look like much from the […]

Different Sites for Different Folks!

March 9, 201812:02 amLeave a Comment

I was chatting to a friend at the weekend (someone as obsessed with family as I am, if that’s possible!) and we were celebrating the fact that she had found some information on a rather elusive ancestor. She had first started researching this particular chap over 10 years ago, but with little success. She had […]

Project Archivist Rosie at the Houses of Parliament

Surrey women in local government 100 years later

February 19, 20184:32 pmLeave a Comment

6th February 2018 marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act being passed which first gave women of property, over the age of 30, the right to vote in national elections. To mark this important anniversary and to launch the Vote 100 programme, Rosie, our Project Archivist was invited to the Houses of […]

Scandal and Gossip!

February 9, 201812:02 amLeave a Comment

I’ve been indexing some workhouse records recently and I came across something interesting in the Dorking Union birth register (SHC Reference BG2/37/1). An illegitimate child was born to an Eliza Sawyers on 10 November 1844. The child was named James Fryday [sic] Sawyers and was baptised in Dorking Church on 8th December 1844. In that […]

Sites of Suffragette history in the Surrey Historic Environment Record

February 6, 20185:46 pmLeave a Comment

To mark the centenary of the passing of The Representation of the People Act on 6th February 1918, by which some British women received the right to vote for the first time, this blog post takes a look at some of the buildings in Surrey that are entered in the Historic Environment Record and still survive as witnesses […]