Plans, oversees and operates the Surrey Museum, the City of Surrey Archives, and the Historic Stewart Farm. Heritage Services supports the city-wide stewardship of documentary and material cultural heritage collections and the presentation of community history. Works with community organizations and volunteers to build awareness and appreciation for Surrey’s history and heritage through the presentation and circulation of exhibits, tours, public programs, curriculum based school programs and special events. Fosters and supports community participation and life-long learning through volunteer and work experience opportunities for youth and adults.
The Museum offers exhibitions on a variety of topics and themes related to Surrey’s history including: First Nations, Logging, Agriculture, Early Industry, Community Celebrations, Entertainment and Urban Development. The temporary gallery presents travelling exhibitions from across North America enabling residents to enjoy changing displays on global heritage topics in their own community. Two changing Community Treasures exhibitions engage community partners by showcasing private collections related to the past and linked to the present. The Hooser Textile Studio and Library provides information, demonstrations and opportunities for visitors to engage in heritage textile crafts including weaving and spinning. The Museum develops and facilitates programs for all ages, providing experiential learning and leisure through curriculum based school programs, public programs, textile courses, workshops, lecture series, walking tours and special events.
The Archives preserves the historical information and records related to the growth and development of the City. Archival collections include City records, manuscripts, personal papers, historic photographs, maps, oral history tapes, newspapers, printed material, directories and library resources. Reference staff is on hand to provide research advice and support for the use of finding aids, inventories and subject indexes. Electronic access is facilitated through the Surrey Heritage website and records descriptions available online through the British Columbia Archival Union List. School and youth audiences are engaged through curriculum programs and research skills presentations. Programs related to archival research and preservation topics are presented by staff, guest lecturers and experts.
The historic Stewart Farm is a unique 1894 farm with eight designated heritage buildings; interpreting rural and agricultural life in the pioneer era. Costumed guides tour visitors through the farmhouse, pole barn, root cellar, woodshed and heritage gardens providing opportunities for multi-sensory participation. Two changing temporary exhibitions are showcased annually in the Stewart Hall. The site provides rental and social opportunities for community groups, families and residents in a unique farm setting.