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Bust the boredom with Treasure Jam!

March 27, 202012:50 pmLeave a Comment

From awesome archaeology to pesky pirates, Surrey Heritage’s Treasure Jam is here to help bust boredom during the Coronavirus lockdown. If you’re looking for something fun and creative for the kids -or yourself- to do then look no further. Treasure Jam is an online event that encourages children, and anyone else who wants to get […]

Family History for Free!

I do like a bargain!  While I spend a fair amount on my family history resource (I subscribe to Ancestry.co.uk, Find My Past and belong to several family history societies) when it comes to wasting money, I’m as tight as a wet knot!  I don’t ever believe in paying for anything you don’t have to […]

Share your experiences of life during Shutdown

March 26, 20202:49 pmLeave a Comment

Your Surrey COVID19 Journal These are challenging and exceptional times. Few, if any of us will have experienced such a seismic shift in our daily lives in so short a time. Within just a few days and weeks long-laid plans have been postponed or cancelled, pubs, restaurants, shops, churches, sporting and leisure activities have been […]

What’s in a Name?

I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love my job and one of the many bonuses that comes along with being genealogist is the discovery of some cracking names. I thought I’d share a few I’ve come across recently: Savage Bear I was helping someone search for some ancestors who he thought were in […]


March 20, 20201:05 pmLeave a Comment

You know when you were a child and you complained to your mother that you were bored – did she ever come back with “Well, you could tidy your room up” or “You could help me dust the living room”.  I know my mum did and that wasn’t necessarily the suggestion I was hoping for. […]

Re-opening of Surrey History Centre

March 19, 20206:30 pmLeave a Comment

Surrey History Centre will be opening its doors once again on 21st July 2020 to researchers wishing to access its unique archive and local studies collections. Please check the Surrey History Centre website (https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreyhistorycentre). For further information and updates see: Visiting Surrey History Centre and Surrey History Centre Opening Hours We are still asking people […]

Sometimes it’s Hard to be a Woman!

In the immortal words of Tammy Wynette “Sometimes it’s Hard to be a Woman” and there’s no getting around the fact that a study of women’s history over the last few thousand years has shown that in most cases, until frighteningly recently, women have definitely received the fuzzy end of the lollipop. The anniversary of […]

Researching Together

March 3, 20202:36 pmLeave a Comment

There are two great adages I tend to follow when I’m researching my family history.  The first is that two heads are better than one.  The second is, when you hear galloping hooves, expect horses not zebras. Let me elaborate! My friend and genealogical partner in crime Jill and I headed off to Suffolk last […]

Having a field day with Lidar in the Surrey HER

February 28, 20207:50 pmLeave a Comment

Since the start of the year, the Surrey HER has been involved with some exciting endeavours in addition to all of the usual public queries and recording tasks, including producing a presentation that can be delivered at public meetings and events, and writing up a landscape survey project based on Lagham Park at South Godstone […]

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LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans +) History Month 2020

January 29, 202011:45 pmLeave a Comment

Events at Surrey History Centre Every February in the UK, since 2005, LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans +) History Month has celebrated the lives and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community. The campaign provides an opportunity to discover Surrey’s LGBTQ+ past and celebrate its present and future – this hidden history can reveal some surprising […]