Photos paint a vivid picture of Surrey in spring archives series

A Neville Curtis photo of Miss Surrey in the Cloverdale Parade, 1953. NC419A.  - Photo courtesy Surrey Archives
A Neville Curtis photo of Miss Surrey in the Cloverdale Parade, 1953. NC419A.
— image credit: Photo courtesy Surrey Archives

Travel back to the 1950s through two lectures presented by the Surrey Archives this month as part of its spring heritage series.

See Surrey through the eyes of a tourist in 1953, the year English tourist Janet Hurst visited the city.

Surrey 1953 tells her travel story through her unique collection of journal entries, postcards, photos and other mementoes. It's presented Saturday, April 12.

Neville Curtis's Surrey (Saturday, April 19) views the city, its residents, and public spaces through the lens of a local photographer whose work offers a window into life in the 1950s.

Curtis worked as a freelance reporter for the Vancouver Sun, White Rock Sun, and wrote a column for the Surrey Leader, according to

On May 3, the city's history comes to life in vivid images from the archives collection in Surrey in Colour. Participants will learn about hand-coloured photographs and the art pieces that have documented Surrey's history.

Acclaimed local historian Derek Hayes speaks about the cartography of the Fraser Valley when he presents his talk, Historical Maps of B.C. (May 10).

Through a collection of beautiful and historically-significant maps. Hayes will explore the development of the province.

All sessions run from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 each or register for all four for $35.

Pre-register by calling 604-502-6459. The Surrey Archives is located at 17671 56 Avenue, in the historic 1912 municipal hall. It's open Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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