The free virtual program, held via Microsoft teams, will cover a broad range of South Surrey neighbourhoods, including Crescent Beach, Ocean Park, Sunnyside, Elgin, Kensington Prairie, and more.

November 12, 2021
Arts & Culture Release

Surrey, BC  Surrey Archives will highlight Surrey’s southern communities at their upcoming talk Community Histories: South Surrey on November 25, 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. 

The free virtual program, held via Microsoft teams, will cover a broad range of South Surrey neighbourhoods, including Crescent Beach, Ocean Park, Sunnyside, Elgin, Kensington Prairie, and more. Participants will have a unique opportunity to view maps, aerial images, photos, videos, and oral histories, including an audio interview that explores the extent to which South Surrey has been at the centre of community activism for decades. 

“From political protests at the Peace Arch to environmental protection through the Save the Beaches Association and Save Our Sunnyside Campaign, South Surrey has been home to a passionate community,” said Stacey Gilkinson, Assistant Archivist. 

There will also be an opportunity for participants to swap stories, she adds. “We want to hear from you! Throughout the program, audience members will be encouraged to share their memories of South Surrey. We welcome all former and current residents to join in, share their own experiences of this community, and learn something new together.”   

Surrey Archives recently received significant funding from the BC History Digitization Program to digitize over 10,000 images from the Archives’ Surrey Leader Collection. These images focus on Surrey during the early-to-mid 1970s and capture the growing community. The upcoming South Surrey talk will feature highlights from the newly digitized collection. In total, the Surrey Archives holds more than one million photographs. 

Registration for ‘Community Histories: South Surrey’ is required. To register, call 604-501-5100 or register online via your MySurrey account. For more information, visit surrey.ca/archives.