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Surrey History Centre collects and rescues archives and printed materials relating to Surrey's past and present so that they can tell the story of the County and its people to future generations.

The Centre in Woking can help you discover more about your family, house, town, organisation or community in Surrey.

Surrey History Centre has approximately 6 miles of shelving holding 5 million archives dating from C12th to the present day. These include:

  • parish records,
  • census returns,
  • civil registration and poor law records,
  • manorial records,
  • estates and family papers,
  • records of Surrey businesses,
  • Ordnance Survey maps and county maps,
  • electoral registers, rate books,
  • deeds and sales particulars,
  • records of local government, schools and charities,
  • local history books,
  • directories,
  • historic newspapers and periodicals,
  • thousands of photographs, watercolours, postcards, and archive films.

 

All these records can be ordered up for study in our supervised searchroom, where there are always staff on hand to assist you.

If you are interested in finding out more about Surrey History Centre, you can search our collections and indexes on the Centre's website:

 

You can also explore the wealth of Surrey's heritage on the Exploring Surrey's Past website:

This site provides information about Surrey's archaeology, the local history of your area and Surrey's museums in addition to the archives.

These websites also provide details of forthcoming talks, displays and heritage events organised by Surrey Heritage.

 

Surrey History Centre is run by Surrey County Council you can find us at:

130 Goldsworth Road,
Woking

Telephone: 01483 518737

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The opening times are:

  • 09.30 to 17.00:   Tuesday
  • 10.15 to 17.00:   Wednesday
  • 09.30 to 19.30:   Thursday
  • 09.30 to 17.00:   Friday
  • 09.30 to 16.00:   Saturday

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