Surrey Museum hosts history lectures Saturday

Vimy Ridge battle, Russian Gulag the focus of two presentations planned for Nov. 3 at the museum.

First World War re-enactor Tim Heller comes to the Surrey Museum Saturday, where he’ll share some of his artifacts and stories of working for war documentaries and more.

Vimy Ridge, a lecture presented as part of the 90th anniversary of the 1917 battle, runs from 1 to 2 p.m., Nov. 3 at the museum.

Heller is a member of the Western Front Association, a group dedicated to studying the Great War.

The cost is $5, ages 16 and up; pre-registration is required.

Also on Nov. 3 is Letters from Russia, a lecture on life within the walls of Stalin’s terrifying Gulag. Dr. Ruth Derksen Siemens, a local author and historian, shares stories of hope amidst despair through prisoners’ letters written between 1930 and 1937.

Letters from Russia runs from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 3. The cost is $5 ages 16 and up; pre-registration required.

On Nov. 11, after the Remembrance Day ceremony at Surrey Museum Plaza, join local author Robert Mackay to learn about Surrey’s connections to the Canadian World War I Cavalry, and the important role of horses during the war. Nov. 11 from noon to 1 p.m.

This drop-in lecture is by donation, and suitable for all ages.

The Surrey Museum is located at 17710 56A Avenue. Visit surrey.ca/heritage for more.