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Discover Your Story: We Can Help!

An exhibit focusing on family history and discovery, available online from home.

Featuring stories discovered by family researchers, this all-ages exhibit explores the resources available to Surrey families so they can build their own family trees. While the museum is temporarily closed, displays and interactive elements will be shared via Facebook and Instagram for museum-goers to experience from home.

The exhibit is a collaboration between the Surrey Family History Centre, The BC Genealogical Society and Surrey Libraries—Family History. View a printable information sheet about all three.

Every Object Has a Story

The objects on display are more than simple things with describing place cards. Each object tells a story about a family's history, inviting 'visitors' to reflect on their own family mementos. Expect to see a range of displays, including military items, old fashioned toys, historic photos and documents, musical instruments and unique handmade belongings.

There are seven themes in the exhibit. Each week, we will add a video of a profiled theme below. Check back weekly to see new highlights.

Get Interactive from Home

Complete the printable pedigree chart. Use it as a starting point to chat with family members. You may even wish to take it a step further by following up with our community partners to continue your research. This is a great activity for all ages! Feel free to share your findings with us on social media.

Each week, we will share photos and stories of the objects on display on our social media. We invite you to join the conversation by commenting with your own like-minded photos and stories about your family. 

The exhibit includes a dinner table selfie station where you can become part of a vintage family! Send us a well-lit photo of yourself sitting in a chair in front of a solid coloured wall. We will put you in the pictures and send it back to you to share with friends. 

The selfie station in the exhibit and one with a photoshopped baby

The Community Treasures Exhibit

These collaborative exhibits are an opportunity for community groups and cultural organizations from all over Surrey to showcase their treasures and share their stories with a wider audience. Learn how we can partner on an exhibit.