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Roobarb and Custard - Free Summer Holiday Drop In Activities!

  • Tuesday 4 August - Friday 28 August 2015 during normal opening times
  • Come along to the Surrey History Centre for our free drop in activities based on the popular cartoon - Roobarb and Custard. Enjoy fun crafts like creating your own story board, quizzes, colouring in, mask making and much more!
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for supervising their children
  • Roobarb and Custard courtesy of A+Btv, Grange Calveley and Bob Godfrey Family

Family history research made easy!

  • Are you looking to research your family history but don't know where to start? Run by genealogists and archivists, this six week course will cover all you need to know to enhance your research, as well as providing many tips of the trade.
  •  For course details and dates please see the PDF at the bottom of this page.
     Fridays 10am - 1pm at Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • £60 for whole course
  • Six consecutive Friday mornings (10am - 1pm): 18 September, 25 September, 2 October, 9 October, 16 October and 23 October.
  • Please book online, in person at Surrey History Centre or in any Surrey Library, or phone 01483 518737.

To Journey's End and Beyond: The RC Sherriff Study Day

  • Saturday 24 October 2015, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • This is a free event, but tickets need to be booked.  Please book online, in person at Surrey History Centre or in any Surrey Library, or phone 01483 518737.
  • Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day but attendees will need to make their own lunch arrangements. 
  • Persephone Books will be launching the reprint of Sherriff's 1936 novel "Greengates". Some speakers will be selling signed copies of their books by private arrangement so it is advisable to bring cash or cheques on the day.

Study Day Programme

9.30am-9.45am Arrival and coffee
Welcome – Mike Page, County Archivist

9.45am-10.30am Zoe Karens - A soldier writer: selected highlights from the R C Sherriff collections at Surrey History Centre.  Zoe was archivist for the RC Sherriff Project at Surrey History Centre and catalogued over 100 boxes of Sherriff's papers.

10.30am-11.20am Michael Lucas - 'The Gallants' - RC Sherriff's front line service.
Michael is a military historian and author of several articles focused on Sherriff and the East Surrey Regiment, including the book, Journey's End Battalion: The 9th East Surrey in the Great War (Pen & Sword Military, 2012)
Michael will be accompanied by Andrew Lucas and Ian Houghton, military living history enactors

11.20am-11.50am Coffee break

11.50am-12.40pm David Grindley and Robert Gore-Langton - Journey's End: The beginning of a Dramatic Legacy.
David directed the 75th Anniversary production in 2004. Scheduled to run for 8 weeks in the West End, it played 18 months before travelling to Broadway, where it won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Revival. Currently; he is working on the film adaptation of the play. Robert is an arts writer, theatre critic for the Mail on Sunday and author of Journey's End: the classic war play explored (Oberon, 2013)

12.40pm-1.40pm  Lunch. There will be time to talk to the enactors about their artefacts

1.40pm-2.30pm David Cotiss - Sherriff as a Screenwriter: the (mostly) Invisible Man.
David is a Theatre Director and Screenwriting Lecturer and currently completing a Ph.D. on the screen careers of Sherriff and other British stage playwrights.

2.30pm-3.20pm Juliet Gardiner - Fruit drops for a lion: RC Sherriff an acute observer of everyday life.
Juliet is a writer, broadcaster and historian who has written extensively about the Home Front in the Second World War, and is the author of The Thirties: an Intimate History (Harper Press 2010).

3.20pm-3.40pm Tea break

3.40pm-4.30pm Roland Wales - Searching for the elusive Mr Sherriff.
Roland is a writer, researcher, and author of the forthcoming biography From Journey's End to The Dam Busters: The life of trench playwright R C Sherriff (Pen and Sword).

4.30pm Discussion and close 

Identification and recording of finds

Come along to Guildford Museum and see David Williams, Surrey Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. For people with metal detectors and other finders of objects of archaeological interest. Second Saturday of each month 11am to 1pm at Guildford Museum 01483 444750.

Surrey History Centre made easy

Why not join us at Surrey History Centre for an informal tour of the search room? This half hour informative tour includes an introduction to using the indexes and catalogues, how to explore the maps and library and how to order documents from the strong rooms. First Tuesday each month 10am to 10.30am. No need to book. Free of charge.

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  • Updated: 28 Jul 2015

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