There are a number of ways that you can search the information held by Exploring Surrey’s Past.
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The quickest way to start searching is to use the Search box located at the top right of each page.
Try putting in a name, keyword or phrase, the name of a particular site, or try a place familiar to you. You could also try a type of archaeological find or monument.
This searches across all of our databases, covering archives, archaeology, museums, local history as well as finding any themes written on the subject, place or person you are looking for.
From your search results list you can narrow down your query, by selecting one of the filters to the left hand side of the search results.
The search tool on the maps lets you find out about archive items, archaeology and places near you – using a Surrey post code. Simply enter your full postcode in the format GU21 6ND.
The results will be plotted onto a map centered on the postcode you have entered. You can hover over and click on records to see more information.
Click on “Near To Me“and the website will automatically center the map near you (based on the location of the server being used to access the internet).
If you are looking to search just one particular type of database, or even just a single database, you can try our advanced search. Use the Advanced tab at the top of each page or click this link.
There is a list of all the databases available on this site. Select one or more of the collections and then enter the search terms in the text boxes. Then either press return or the search button at the bottom of the page. The search results can narrow further by selecting one of the filters to the left hand side of the search results.
The groupings are explained, and full details of the databases are given under How this site works.