Historical Investigators and Mentors

Could you be a historical detective?

We need volunteers to investigate all sorts of aspects of life in Surrey during the Great War – people, places, communities, businesses etc. What was the effect of the conflict on your local school? What happened to those in the county who objected to fighting? What was the involvement of the county’s travelling communities? We would like to find out about all of these topics and more, and are keen to hear your ideas.

Whether you’re an experienced or a novice investigator, we can support you in your investigation into a range of primary sources such as newspapers and photographs. Your mentor can provide training and facilities and put you in touch with others with similar interests.

Volunteers practiced in research could act as mentors to those less experienced, guiding them in their investigations.


Output: the data that you uncover might be used in a variety of the project’s outputs. Volunteers can add biographical information to our database of Surrey-related Great War people. Stories about people, places or groups will be written up and then shared on our website, via our exhibitions or via our apps.

Location: flexible. If using original material, this work would be carried out in an archive such as Surrey History Centre, Woking. Otherwise, it might be done in a local library or history centre, or from home.  

About You
We hope that you will have –

•    Interest, enthusiasm and accuracy
•    Willingness to participate in volunteer training in research and safe handling of archive material
•    Basic computer skills or willingness to learn these
•    Willingness to respect copyright restrictions

3 Responses to “Historical Investigators and Mentors”

  1. Val Poel

    I would be very interested to volunteer as a novice investigator into life in Surrey during WW! Having basic computer skills I would be keen to participate in additional training in the research and handling of archive material.

  2. Diane Leakey

    I’ve recently retired, live in Surrey and would be very interested in joining your investigator team. I have loads of research experience in my previous jobs and am computer literate. With a passion for historical research I’m keen to get involved

    • Kirsty Bennett, Surrey Heritage

      Dear Diane,

      Thank you for getting in touch. We’re delighted to hear that you would like to join our team of volunteers. We will be in touch by email shortly.

      With thanks,
      The Surrey in the Great War team.

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