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Surrey history treasure trove achieves national accreditation

Surrey County Council’s History Centre has been accredited for its care in preserving nine centuries of Surrey’s heritage.

The centre in Woking was awarded Archive Service Accreditation by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee for demonstrating high standards in looking after records and making them accessible to the public.

Surrey History Centre is the county’s record office and local studies library. Treasures housed in its six miles of shelving include letters from Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey, Lewis Carroll and soldiers serving in the trenches of World War I as well as a vast array of documents recording the lives of millions of Surrey people over nine centuries. There are also beautiful parchment maps of the county stretching back to the 16th century.

Denise Turner-Stewart, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Collections housed at Surrey History Centre chronicle the county’s rich and varied past since the middle ages and I’m delighted that the meticulous work of staff in preserving such an extraordinary array of documents, images and manuscripts and bringing them to a wider audience has been recognised.”

In granting the status, the accreditation panel hailed “real strength in the service” and praised it for “proactively working with the communities of Surrey” as well as its effective collections management.

The accreditation announcement can be found on the National Archives website.

More information about Surrey History Centre, which aims to work with communities and groups across Surrey to ensure their heritage is preserved for the future, can be found here.

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