Heritage and history

Vann – a Surrey gem

Vann is a family home between Chiddingfold and Godalming, owned by the Caröe family, whose gardens are open during the year. The late Mary Caröe told us its history back in April 2017. Vann was leased by my late husband’s grandfather WD Caröe, the Arts & Crafts architect from the …

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Godalming Museum celebrates its 100th birthday!

Godalming Museum looks forward to welcoming visitors back in mid-May to celebrate its 100th birthday. The Museum is set to re-open on Tuesday 18th May, initially for drop-in visits on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm and on Tuesdays for pre-booked visits only. Visitors will enter via a new foyer, …

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Be part of history with Guildford Museum

Do you have any items which could help us to document life in Guildford during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic?   Our Museum and Heritage Services team want items including diaries, photographs, poems, artwork and anything specially produced for Covid-19 to record your experiences of a year which has affected everybody through lockdown, from social distancing to …

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Volunteers keep up the good work

Wey & Arun Canal Trust volunteers clocked up an impressive 21,807 hours of work in 2020, despite the limitations of lockdown. The figure was just 5,614 down on the previous year, showing the dedication from working party members, boat crew and back office volunteers to the Trust and its aims. …

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Brooklands Loch Ness Wellington ‘Monster’ – 35 years since it was hoisted from Loch Ness

Thirty-five years ago on September 21st 1985, there was frantic activity on the banks of Loch Ness as a ‘monster’ was hoisted from its depths. This ‘monster’ was Wellington Bomber N2980, nicknamed ‘R for Robert.’ During a training exercise with 20 Operation Training Unit, based at RAF Lossiemouth, on December …

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Surrey Heritage WWII project ‘highly commended’ in national volunteering award

Surrey Heritage has been highly commended in this year’s national Archives & Records Association (ARA) Archive Volunteering Award for its Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers (SGW) project.  The award aims to recognise and celebrate outstanding work involving volunteers within the archive sector and to promote good practice …

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Godalming Museum reopens

Godalming Museum cannot wait to welcome back visitors and will be reopening part of the Museum from Monday 17th August.  To celebrate the reopening, a brand new exhibition will be in place entitled Godalming’s Secret Cemetery, based on the 9th-12th century (Saxon-Norman) cemetery excavated in Godalming in 2014 and subsequent …

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Antiques and Collecting

Local antique dealer Debbie Serpell offers some advice on collecting… Many of the good antique dealers began their trade as collectors first. Their love of their specialist field of antiques has invariably sprung from their passion for collecting. My own personal love of collecting antiques and subsequent career in dealing …

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Wey & Arun Canal Trust volunteers rise to the challenge to complete bridge build

The last brick was laid this week at the Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s latest restoration project, a bridge at Harsfold in West Sussex. Volunteers worked flat out to complete the bridge building project after floods, winter storms and then coronavirus lockdown put construction behind schedule. Small teams of six …

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Mole Valley Heritage Open Days Return

Heritage Open Days brings together more than 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers annually. It’s a chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences, all for free. For the first time, because of current social distancing measures, the programme will focus on virtual tours and digital experiences, …

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Historic gardens reopen to compete for coveted award

Following clarification from government on 22 May that fee-paying outdoor heritage sites in England could now reopen to visitors, the attractions of Historic Houses – Britain’s largest collection of independent heritage – are throwing open their garden gates in increasing numbers, giving the public a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy the sunshine in some …

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WWII Discovery at West Horsley Place

As the nation marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a significant discovery was made at West Horsley Place.  Whilst sorting through old papers, a member of the West Horsley Place team came across an envelope containing 18 thank you letters from children evacuated to the manor house in 1939, …

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Guildford Town Guides receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Guildford Town Guides, a group of volunteers from Guildford  have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The Guildford Town Guides have taken thousands of residents and visitors on a journey back over 1000 years to learn …

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A Tour of The Spike Heritage Centre

“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” I was invited to have a tour around The Spike Heritage Centre by John Redpath General Manager of …

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