The Surrey Diggers Trail was initially created in 2005 by a group of interested historians and residents who formed the Elmbridge Diggers Heritage Group. The Group was a non-profit making association, set up to administer a grant made to create the Trail and the associated website which had been supported by Elmbridge Museum; Elmbridge Borough Council; Natural England; Nationwide; Heritage Lottery Fund and the RC Sherriff Rosebriars Trust.
Following the creation of the Trail, the website, commissioning and final display of the Winstanley mosaic in Cobham; the work of the Group was completed. The official trail opening took place in April 2005, the 356th anniversary of the start of the Diggers community.
Nearly 15 years later, in October 2019, Elmbridge Museum was approached by the Citizens Project team at Royal Holloway, University of London. From 2017, the team there had been working with local schools and museums to develop a variety of resources which explored themes of protest and liberty.
Supported by the Heritage Fund, our aim was to redevelop the original but now outdated Surrey Diggers Trail, producing in its place an accessible and engaging trail tracking the story of the Diggers across the borough of Elmbridge. We did this by researching and filming a series of five fascinating videos, so that all learners can follow and enhance their understanding of this important part of our national history.
Since launching the video series, the project’s legacy has continued. Using her specialist research and expertise of the Digger Movement, our Academic in Residence Lívia Bernardes Roberge has produced a series of blogs and a new suite of children’s worksheets which explore important aspects of the story in more detail.
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When completing each worksheet, take a look at the questions first and then watch the corresponding video, pausing it when you need to make notes. Each worksheet relates directly to a stop on the trail, outlined in the titles below. Click each of the titles to download the worksheet.