Surrey Heritage

IMG_5707Surrey Heritage brings together for the first time in one service Surrey County Council’s expertise in caring for and promoting our county’s rich past.

Our staff can help you discover, investigate and protect the county’s archaeology, historic buildings, written heritage and artefacts. We can advise you about caring for historic documents, inform you about Surrey’s historic buildings and ensure archaeological sites, monuments and discoveries are recorded and protected. We can help you explore Surrey’s museums and learn more about your Surrey ancestors and the county’s rich and varied history.

Protecting the past

At Surrey History Centre we preserve and store historic documents about Surrey’s families, businesses and communities from the 12th to the 21st centuries.  Our document conservators can advise on how to care for your own documents.  The Heritage Conservation Team (HCT) gives impartial advice on managing, preserving and understanding archaeological remains and historic buildings in the eleven local authorities of Surrey, so that the requirements of planning law are met.  Surrey County Archaeological Unit (SCAU) has been established for over 20 years. It provides high quality archaeological services to commercial and public sector clients in Surrey and the surrounding district. The Unit’s highly skilled staff provide consultancy services, fieldwork, post-excavation projects, education, outreach, heritage promotion and publications.

Discovering the past

You can use our fabulous collection of historic documents to trace the history of your family, street or town. You can find out about the men who served in Surrey’s regiments, uncover the history of a Broadwood piano, or learn about writers, artists and gardeners who have lived or worked in the county. Exploring Surrey’s Past gives you access to a wide range of archive, museum and archaeological information that will help you explore the history and archaeology of the county.  Surrey’s Historic Environment Record (HER) is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in finding out about the county’s archaeological and historical sites or monuments. In our foyer library you can borrow items from our collection of family and local history books, reserve or return books from other Surrey libraries and access online reference services, including Ancestry, through our people’s network terminals.

Promoting the past

At Surrey History Centre we hold regular talks, displays, study days and events to celebrate Surrey’s history. We can also visit your society or organisation to talk about our wide ranging work.  Our Learning Officers work with families and community groups as well as schools and universities. They can help with information, advice, learning materials, courses, events, family activities and work experience placements.  We work with Surrey’s diverse communities to ensure their stories and experiences are recorded for all time. We work closely with the forty museums in Surrey, all with their own stories to tell.  Through the Surrey Museums website you can find out all you need to know to help your visit.