Sunday, 27 November 2016


Don't forget the AGM on Monday 5th December at 8pm in the Double Tree by Hilton, Woking. It will be followed by seasonal refreshments and a pictorial quiz.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

St Dunstan's School visit the Bronze Age Burial Mounds on Horsell Common

A group of 60 children from St Dunstan's School were given a tour of the Burial Mounds and Peace Garden on Horsell Common by members of the Society.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

H.G.Wells: Taking Woking to Britain and the World

Professor Peter Beck will talk at the H.G.Wells Suite on Monday 7th November at 7pm.

If you haven't booked, please register at

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Thursday, 6 October 2016

WHS interview on BBC Radio Surrey

Two of our committee members (Helen and Dick) were interviewed by Danny Pike on BBC Radio Surrey yesterday morning (October 5th) live in Jubilee Square, Woking.
The link the programme is:
It's a long programme but our individual interviews started at approximately
Dick - 2hrs 14mins
Helen - 2hrs 22mins
We were able to promote the Society as well as talking about various topics of local interest.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Indian Soldiers of the Great War

Jahan Mahmood, Military Historian and former Government advisor, will talk about "Indian Soldiers of the Great War" at Woking High School on Monday 17th October at 7pm. Suggested donation £1 per person.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Brookwood Hospital

Our next meeting is on Monday 3rd October when Alison Craze will talk about Brookwood Hospital. We meet at the Double Tree by Hilton in Woking at 8pm. Free to members, guests £3.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

The War of the Worlds: from H.G. Wells to Orson Welles, Jeff Wayne, and Steven Spielberg and beyond.

Peter Beck will deliver the Surrey Annual Heritage Lecture at Surrey History Centre on Saturday 17th September from 2 - 3.30pm.

Emeritus professor of History at Kingston University, Peter Beck has lived in Horsell for over 40 years. A published author, his latest book, The War of the Worlds: from H.G.Wells to Orson Welles, Jeff Wayne and Steven Spielberg and beyond, is due to be published in September 2016 by Bloomsbury. His Heritage Lecture by the same title explores Wells' most famous book and how since its publication it has developed a life of its own - from book to radio programme, film and stage production.
Tickets are free, but need to be booked at

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Surrey War Memorials

Our next meeting is on Monday 5th September at the Double |Tree by Hilton at 8pm when Hilary Underwood will talk about Surrey War Memorials. Free for members, £3 for guests.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Advanced notice for our November meeting

Booking is now open for the talk by Peter Beck (Taking Woking to Britain and  the World)  on November 7th 2016.

This talk is part of the Wells in Woking celebration and tickets must be booked in advance (even for members) so please follow this link to book


Please note that the venue and time are different from usual as the talk is being held in the H G Wells Conference Centre at 7pm.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

St Mary's Church, Byfleet

Our next meeting will be on Monday 6th June at the Double Tree by Hilton in Woking. Jim Allen will talk about St. Mary's Church, Byfleet. The talk will be free to members, guests £3.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Working the Wey: the first century of the Wey Navigation

Our next talk will be on Monday 4th April  at 8pm at the Double Tree by Hilton, Victoria Way, Woking. The speaker will be Sue Jones. Meetings are free to members, guests £3.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Sex and sin in the early eighteenth century Surrey

Our next talk will be at 8pm on Monday 7th March at the Double Tree by Hilton, Woking. The speaker will be Alan Crosby.
Meetings are free to members, £3 for guests.

The Royal Logistics Corps Museum Lecture Programme 2016

The lectures start at 7.30pm and cost £5 to attend and refreshments are also available. The next lecture will be on Thursday 24th March and will feature noted local historian Murray Rowlands speaking on the topic of his most recent book ‘Aldershot in the Great War’. I have attached the poster for this lecture too.

To book a place on any of the lectures, or for further information, please or contact us on 01252 833371.

Thursday 24th March
‘Aldershot in the Great War’ Murray Rowlands
Continuing the theme of World War I, noted local historian Murray Rowlands will speak on the topic of his recently-published book Aldershot in the Great War. As Britain’s premier military base of the time, Aldershot has a rich and fascinating history; captured here.

Thursday 21st April
‘Operation Thunderbolt: A Close Run Thing’ Prof Saul David
We are delighted to welcome back the noted historian, novelist and broadcaster Prof Saul David, who will present a lecture based on his most-recent book, Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport; which details the raid carried out to rescue Jewish nationals by the Israeli Special Forces, on 3rd July 1976.

Thursday 23rd June
‘Herbert Sulzbach: The Man with a Big Heart’ Ainslie Hepburn
With these words, the German Ambassador described Herbert Sulzbach (1894-1985), who fought for Germany in WWI and with the Pioneer Corps in WWII. He was awarded both the OBE and the Grand Cross of the German Federal Republic for his post-war work fostering Anglo-German co-operation. This talk explores the man and his fascinating life.

Thursday 22nd September
‘The War in the West’ James Holland
James Holland has just completed the second part of his revelatory new trilogy about World War II. The product of more than a decade of research, these superb new books challenge convention and long-held wisdom about this cataclysmic conflict.

Thursday 24th November
‘“Arming Britain’s Wartime Secret Army”: Weapons and Equipment of the Auxunits’ Maj Dale Clark
Having recently-spoken of the arming of World War II’s Home Guard, Maj Clarke returns to speak on the subject of the Auxunits, our secret, anti-invasion guerrilla fighters.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Woking History Society Talks in 2016

A list of all talks this coming year can be found by clicking on the word  'Talks' on the right side of this page.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Broadoaks: the story of a house.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 1st February at 8pm at the Double Tree by Hilton, Victoria Way, Woking, when Helen Gristwood will talk about Broadoaks and some of the people who lived there.