Jubilees are times of celebration. From the first modern one in 1887, they particularly mark a significant number of years of a monarch’s reign. Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee of 1887 and her Diamond Jubilee of 1897 were marked in Woking by feasts for all and in 1897 by the start of raising funds for the Woking Victoria Hospital, just opposite the site of The Lightbox.

George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935 was at a time of depression and was a quieter affair. Queen Elizabeth II has reigned longer than any other monarch and has marked jubilees in 1977, 2002, 2012, and now, uniquely, a Platinum Jubilee. The display shows images, tributes and artefacts from all these. The Crown has held manors in Woking and Byfleet but visits there were few.

However, Henry VII signed the Treaty of Woking in 1490 and in Woking’s Story are some of the artefacts from Woking Palace, extensively rebuilt for the visiting Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The Prince Consort laid the foundation stone of the Royal Dramatic College, opened by the future Edward VII, and Queen Victoria’s daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Albany was a regular visitor.

Many members of the Royal Family have visited and opened projects over the years and continue to do so. Our thanks for this display goes
to the Heritage Volunteers, Byfleet Heritage Centre, Commonwealth War Graves, McLaren Racing, Surrey History Centre, Jenny Mukerji, Elaine Slatter, Fiona Neal, Tessa Westlake, Anthea Shankla for their donations and assistance with the display.