Established in 1988 by Surrey County Council, Surrey Record Office is now known as Surrey History Centre, its aim being to develop the collections formerly held by Surrey Record Office, Guildford Muniment Room and Surrey Local Studies Library.
It provides access to archives and printed materials relating to the county's past and present, these resources dating from the twelfth century to the twenty-first century.
The resources are held in environmentally controlled strongrooms in order to preserve the documents to ensure the history of the county and its people is accessible to future generations.
Access to the resources is available in the supervised search room and should you require assistance with your research, or have any questions, the knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to give advice.
Whether you are tracing your family history, want to learn more about the history of a house or discover more about your local area, you will find the documents held of use.
The archives are also useful to people working on a school project or completing a university degree.
If you have any documents relating to the history of Surrey you would like to donate to the Archive to safeguard them for future generations, they would love to hear from you.
For further information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page.
They also have some online indexes including:
Indexes also include:
They also have an on-line catalogue called SURCAT, which includes details of items held in their collections.
Collections held by Surrey Records Office include:
Resources held by Surrey Record Office also incorporate:
Opening Hours can be found by going to their opening hours page.
The postcode if you wish to use a satnav is GU21 6NU. Parking is available next to the building, with designated spaces for disabled readers near to the front entrance. These spaces do not usually have to be reserved, but you can if you wish.
Surrey History Centre is approximately 15 minutes walk from Woking railway station. To walk to the Office, leave the station by turning left, and continue along the High Street, crossing the road at the pedestrian crossing. Carry on to the double pelican crossing and walk down Goldsworth Road, then turn left and continuing down that road you will find the history centre on your left after you have passed the Morrisons roundabout.
It is always important to book before visiting in order to avoid disappointment when you arrive. You should tell Surrey Records Office the date and approximate time you wish to visit.
You can access the Internet in Surrey Record Office, with Ancestry, FindmyPast and The Genealogist being made available free of charge.
You are able to use your own laptop in the Office, but you are asked to give them advance notice so they can reserve you a space near a power point.
It is possible to use a digital camera in Surrey Record Office, but you have to purchase a photography permit. Their fees are explained on their website. Some documents cannot be photographed because they are fragile and easily damaged, so it is best to ask a member of staff before taking any photographs.
The public entrance to the Archive has an automatic door as well as a revolving door. The automatic door opens outwards after you have pressed the red button to the right of the door.
The public reading rooms are all on the ground floor and are easily accessible. Disabled readers can also access both the locker room and the refreshment room. Disabled toilets are also accessible.
Guide dogs are welcome in the History Centre. If you bring someone with you to help you to read documents, please give the Office advance notice.
If you have a visual impairment, magnifying glasses can also be lent to visitors. The Office also has a CCTV scanner which can be used to enlarge a document onto a television screen. This scanner is able to magnify in true colour, change the colour of the item or underline the text of a document to make old handwriting easier to read. You can also use this machine to enlarge photographs, making them easier to date. The machine can be booked for 2 hours during their opening hours.
Induction loops are installed in the seminar room, and plans are underway to install them in the foyer and reception desks.
A refreshments room is accessible onsite.
Many publications are available for sale in Surrey History Centre, which include:
If you are unable to visit in person, a research service is offered.
The Office has a Twitter Account, @SurreyHeritage, and a Facebook page, @surreyheritage, where they provide details regarding the Office's collections and discuss family history and local history related news. They also respond to visitors' queries.
Surrey Record Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network) but you are also able to use a Surrey County Libraries Ticket to use their collections.