Key Collections

The following are some of the most significant collections in the care of Surrey History Centre.

John Broadwood and Sons, piano manufacturers


Established in the early 18th century, Broadwoods dominated piano making in England for over 150 years.
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Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, achieved immortality through Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass
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The Loseley Manuscripts


The records of the Mores and More-Molyneux of Loseley Park, near Guildford, are a treasure house for the history of Surrey in the 16th and 17th centuries
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Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) of Munstead, Godalming, was one of the most celebrated garden designers of the 20th century.
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Surrey's Mental Hospitals


The records of the many mental hospitals within the county are an extraordinarily rich source for family, social and medical historians
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Philip Bradley's fairground photographs

Chronicles English fairgrounds and rides over seven decades
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The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment


Includes records of The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment (established in 1661), and the East Surrey Regiment (whose origins go back to 1702), which amalgamated in 1959 to form The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment.
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Dennis Specialist Vehicles

Dennis fire engines, buses, refuse vehicles and lorries were exported around the world from the Guildford factory
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