LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) History Month 2018

January 29, 201811:00 pmLeave a Comment

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) History Month takes place every year in February and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. This is an opportunity to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Surrey and elsewhere. This year Surrey Heritage has again teamed up with Outline, […]

Journey’s End – the new film is here!

January 26, 20183:22 pmLeave a Comment

Popcorn and hankies at the ready, the wait is over and the new film based on RC Sherriff’s great World War One play, and subsequent novelization, Journey’s End, is here! It will be released on 2 February 2018 by Lionsgate. Throughout filming, the production company, Fluidity Films, kept Surrey History Centre up to date with […]

David Williams, Surrey Finds Liaison Officer: Obituary

January 26, 201810:53 amLeave a Comment

The following is the text of the address given at David’s funeral and subsequently published newsletter of the Society of Antiquaries. David Williams FSA died on 9 December aged 68. He was elected a Fellow of the Society in April 1998. Sally Worrell FSA has kindly written this tribute, with help from his second cousin […]

Family Search

January 26, 201812:02 amLeave a Comment

I’ve been having a lovely time recently playing with the Family Search site.  They have changed it recently so you now have to register and log in every time you use it but I hope that this doesn’t put people off using it because it really is a fantastic resource.  It is well worth registering […]

Holly Parsons, Project Officer

Holly joins the March of the Women team

January 16, 20181:26 pmLeave a Comment

We would like to announce the arrival of the newest member of our team, Project Officer, Holly Parsons, who joins us from The Royal Pavilion and Museums in Brighton and has a range of experience working with volunteers, presenting talks and assisting at events. Holly is part-time, spending the rest of her working week at […]


January 12, 201812:02 amLeave a Comment

Well, here’s to 2018! Anyone made any resolutions? I should say here and now that I don’t make resolutions, mainly because I’m pretty sure that they are going to get broken!! This is why the Gym Ball is still in the attic, the language course is still in the box and I’ve still not been […]

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 – The Power of Words

January 1, 20181:19 amLeave a Comment

The written word is a powerful tool, allowing us to express thoughts and opinions, and to record our own testimony of events. Importantly, it has been possible through letters, diaries and memoirs for the written experience of survivors of the Holocaust to be preserved as evidence for the future. Some survivors have chosen to publish […]

Seasons Greetings!

December 29, 201710:43 amLeave a Comment

Hello! Sorry not to have blogged for a few weeks but the combination of stock check closures, Christmas and a particularly virulent flu-ey cold which went through Surrey History Centre staff like the proverbial dose of salts, has meant that I’ve been out of commission for a while. The new year often brings us lots […]

The Suffragette, volume 1, no 35, Friday 13th June 1913, Emily Wilding Davison memorial edition (SHC ref 324.623 S1x/98/N12).

Discovering the Davisons

December 12, 20172:55 pmLeave a Comment

One of the most rewarding aspects of historical research and a project like this, is finding connections between individuals, events or places that perhaps you didn’t otherwise realise were there. A rather exciting example of this occurred during my first few days with the March of the Women project when we received an enquiry regarding […]

Archives – the story continues!!

December 8, 20172:27 pmLeave a Comment

One of our archivists regularly sends around a list of all the archives we have acquired during the last month so that we can all be aware of what has lately arrived. The contents of the list are many and varied and just for November, there are a few items we have received which might excite […]