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People of Surrey to Decide People's Choice Artifact

Many incredible belongings have been to donated to Heritage Surrey recently and they need your help determining the fan favourite. The finalist will be chosen through public input.The chosen artifact will be unveiled on International Museum Day on Saturday, May 18 by Daenerys Targaryen herself! Drop by the unveiling at noon for free.

How to Participate and Win

Tune into the Heritage Surrey Facebook page and Museum of Surrey Instagram account to see which two artifacts are duelling each day. Make your choice in the comments. Maybe even tag a friend so they can have a say as well! The artifact with the most engagement after 24 hours will move onto the next day’s duel. Each comment you make will be entered in a draw to win $100. See the contest details.

The Contenders

A film strip projector circa 1915

Film Strip Projector

This machine uses a kerosene lamp to backlight and project film strips onto a wall or screen. It was used in the Kennedy Heights district of Surrey.

Roller skates used in Surrey from 1960-90

Rollerskates, 1960-1990

These skates were used for fun and competitive roller dancing. The owner's favourite place to skate was Surrey's Stardust Roller Rink.

A 1994 Skytrain button

Skytrain Button, 1994

This pin is an advertising button for the opening of the Gateway, Surrey Central, and King George Skytrain stations in Surrey. Not everything in our collection is old!

An elephant figurine from Sri Lanka

Elephant Figurine, 1966-1979

This carving was owned by a Surrey family, who bought it in Sri Lanka on a visit after they had immigrated to Surrey. Not everything in the collection is from Surrey!

A feather hat from the 1960s

Feather Hat, 1960s

This spectacular headpiece was made and worn by a Surrey resident who was a successful seamstress. She made all of her children's clothes.

Whalley Baseball Patch, 1960

Whalley Baseball Patch, 1960

This patch was worn by a Surrey resident who played baseball from his childhood well into his 60s. Fun fact: Babe Ruth scored 714 home runs in his career.

A vintage yoyo

Toy Yoyo, 1955-1991

This is part of a collection of school-related items owned by a Surrey teacher who taught for 36 years. It was likely confiscated from a Surrey student!

Banner for Newton Lions Club

Cloth Banner, 1960s

Created and used by the Newton Lions Club. The club’s logo, a chicken, was inspired by the neighbourhood of Newton’s status as the chicken capital of BC.

Indian Tea Set

Indian Tea Set, 1990

Made in India and purchased in Surrey, this set was displayed in the home of the donor’s grandmother, instilling a lasting memory for the donor. Not all of our artifacts are old, but they are all special.

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