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Family history research made easy! Saturdays

  • 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.
  • Saturdays 10am - 1pm
  • £15 per individual session
  • 10 January, 14 February, 14 March, 11 April, 30 May, 6 June. 
  • Please book online, in person at Surrey History Centre or in any Surrey Library, or phone 01483 518737.

Surrey in the Age of Magna Carta

  • An exciting day of talks exploring the significance of Magna Carta and the history of Surrey in the thirteenth century
  • Saturday 9 May 2015 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6ND
  • Tickets £15 includes tea and coffee
  • Please book online, in person at Surrey History Centre or in any Surrey Library, or phone 01483 518737

9.45am – 10.45am Professor Nigel Saul
Magna Carta and English history

  • Nigel Saul is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London and a member of the Magna Carta 800 Committee. His many books include Richard II (1997) and Death, Art, and Memory in Medieval England: The Cobham Family and their Monuments 1300-1500 (2001).

10.45am - 11.45am Rob Poulton
A Landscape Transformed: Surrey in the Thirteenth Century

  • Rob Poulton is Senior Archaeological Adviser to Surrey County Archaeological Unit and has published widely on the archaeology of medieval Surrey including the sites of Chertsey Abbey and Guildford Castle. He is currently excavating the 12th century moated manor of Woking Palace.

12pm - 1pm Dr David Stone
The Economy and Society of the Runnymede Region in the age of Magna Carta

  • David Stone was the first joint Oxbridge Research Fellow and has published widely on the medieval economy and society, his first book being Decision-Making in Medieval Agriculture (2005). He is currently editing the medieval Esher manorial accounts for publication by Surrey Record Society in 2016

1.45pm - 2.45pm Dr Naomi Sykes, University of Nottingham
People and Other Animals in the Age of Magna Carta

  • Naomi Sykes is Associate Professor of Zooarchaeology, Nottingham University. Her publications include Beastly Questions:Animal Answers to Archaeological Issues (2014) and The Norman Conquest: A Zooarchaeological Perspective (2007).

3pm - 4pm Professor David Carpenter, King's College, University of London
Magna Carta in the reign of Henry III (1216-1272): did it make a difference?

  • David Carpenter is Professor of Medieval History, King's College, University of London. He has written extensively on 13th century British history, his books including The Minority of Henry III (1990). His major new edition and commentary on Magna Carta has just been published by Penguin Classics.

GIS-Enabled Tithe and OS maps of Surrey

  • A one day course at Surrey History Centre, Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • The course is being run twice: Thursday 11 June 2015 and Saturday 25 July 2015
  • 11am – 3.15pm (Registration from 10.30am)
  • Tutor David Young
  • Fee £10
  • Surrey History Centre is launching a new range of 'seamless' GIS-enabled digital tithe and 25inch OS maps of Surrey. This course will provide an introduction to the maps and the software needed to use them.
  • For course details and more about the maps, please see the PDF at the bottom of this page
  • Please book online, in person at Surrey History Centre or in any Surrey Library, or phone 01483 518737

Surrey Heritage Annual Lecture - 1215 And All That - Dr Nick Barratt

  • Saturday 20 June 2.30pm - 3.30pm
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • Dr Nick Barratt works at The National Archives and manages the medieval, early modern, legal, maps and photographs teams. His PhD is in 13th century state finance, and he has written extensively on the reign of King John and the impact of Magna Carta. This talk explores the circumstances leading up to Magna Carta, and suggests that our modern belief that it represents the bedrock of the rule of law is not entirely accurate.
  • Tickets £5 includes refreshments
  • Please book online, in person at Surrey History Centre or in any Surrey Library, or phone 01483 518737

Romany Day

  • Sunday 28 June 10am - 5pm
  • At the Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road (off A287), Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DL
  • Join us for this family friendly event to celebrate the art and culture of Gypsy life. You can peek inside a Gypsy wagon, try some Gypsy food and find out about Gypsies in the past.
  • Event organised by the Community, Rural Life Centre and Surrey Heritage.  Highlights for the day include  performances by singers Frank Smith and Florence Joelle, contemporary dance group Dolly and the Dolls, Gypsy wagons, traditional games and historic costumes. There will also be plenty of family activities to keep the kids entertained.
  • Entry Prices: Adults £9.50 Over 60s/Concessions £8.50.  Children(5 - 16) £7.00.  Family £29.00 (2 adults + their children under 16) .  Children Under 5 Free. 

Digging The Trenches: The Archaeology of the Western Front - Andy Robertshaw

  • Saturday 11 July 2.30pm - 3.30pm
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND
  • This talk, linked to the book of the same name examines the ways in which archaeology can inform the understanding and interpretation of the Great war. The presentation uses a number of case studies to explore how the remains of soldiers found during excavation can be identified after being missing in action for nearly 100 years.
  • Tickets £5
  • Please book online, in person at Surrey History Centre or in any Surrey Library, or phone 01483 518737.

We Will Remember Them - First World War family history workshops in Surrey Libraries

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 Apr 2015

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