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Surrey History Centre scoops national award at the Who Do You Think You Are Live event

Left to right: Dr Nick Barratt, former consultant on the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Laura Berry, editor of Your Family History magazine, Julian Pooley, from Surrey History Centre, with actor Colin McFarlane. Download this photo here.

Surrey County Council’s History Centre won the Archive of the Year Award at Who Do You Think You Are Live in London’s Olympia.

The national award was voted for by readers of Your Family History Magazine who were impressed with the quality of Surrey’s archive, its ease of access and friendly, professional service.

Julian Pooley, from Surrey County Council’s History Centre in Woking, accepted the award on Saturday, 25 February, at the event which featured celebrity guests including television presenter Richard Madeley and EastEnders actor Larry Lamb.

The award was presented by actor Colin McFarlane, Laura Berry, editor of Your Family History magazine and Dr Nick Barratt, former consultant on the BBC television programme Who Do You Think You Are?

Mr Pooley said: “Surrey’s rich and varied history is a source of endless fascination for many. Our archives help bring the past to life, connecting us directly with the people and events that helped shape who we are today. It’s a privilege to win this award, especially as it was voted for by people who have used and enjoyed Surrey County Council’s History Centre.”

Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “This award cements Surrey County Council History Centre’s position as one of the leading archives in the country. The readers of Your Family History Magazine were impressed by the wide range of historic documents available, the online services, digital records, superb catalogues and excellent service they received from staff.”

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Media wanting more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk

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Pic cap left to right: Dr Nick Barratt, former consultant on the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Laura Berry, editor of Your Family History magazine, Julian Pooley, from Surrey History Centre, with actor Colin McFarlane.

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