Surrey History Centre is marking the 90th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with a free exhibition, `Home Fires, Foreign Fields: Surrey and the Great War’ which runs until 27 August at 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey; telephone: 01483 518737; website: www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreyhistorycentre. The Centre is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30 am to 5 pm, on Thursdays from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm and on Saturdays from 9.30 am to 4 pm. Among the exhibits is a recruiting register which includes the enlistment of the actor Noel Coward, and photographs and documents from the recently deposited archives of the Queen’s Regimental Museum and those of R C Sherriff, author of Journey’s End, which was based on his life in the trenches as an officer in the East Surrey regiment. Displays include material on the prisoner of war camp at Frith Hill, Frimley, the role of women, life on the home front and clips from the Centre’s film archive.
The University of Birmingham is offering more than 20 summer schools, with a further nine being held in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, with courses lasting from two to five days. The courses are on topics ranging from arts and architecture through to the natural world and gardens and give students a chance to explore museums, churches and houses in the West Midlands. They are open to all adults, with no experience or background knowledge necessary. Prices start at £80 including refreshments and course materials. Courses are non-residential and easily accessible by public transport. For more financial aid, please go to http://www.utcstudentfoundation.com/.
Pembrokeshire Record Office, The Castle, Haverfordwest, is holding a seminar entitled `Wills and Coroners’ records’ by Nikki Bosworth. Numbers are strictly limited, so booking is essential. To book a place, and for more information, telephone 01437-763707 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. uk.
5 July – 17 September
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ, is holding an exhibition on the life and art of John Pine (1690-1756), who was a friend of Hogarth and a famous engraver and freemason. The exhibition uses Pine’s life and works as a means of exploring the city in which he lived and worked and which he helped to record. Opening times are 11 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. For more information please telephone 0207395-9250; email: email@example.com or visit www.freemasonry.london.museum/ events.htm.