Conservation Community & Planning Group

Celebrating and protecting our built heritage and promoting vibrant local communities

antique postcard celebrating Box Hill as a beauty spot

The Community, Conservation and Planning team aims to preserve the best of the past and to promote high quality, appropriate development, and to engage with amenity and infrastructure issues that have an impact on the quality of life in the town and villages.

The Society supports and promotes initiatives to encourage walking and the development of heritage trails in the town and surrounding countryside.

The Dorking Society Blue Plaque scheme

The Society runs a commemorative blue plaque scheme in the town and villages to recognize local buildings with links to events or people of historical significance. In 2018 the Society unveiled two plaques to mark the centenary of the vote being granted to women.

The plaque at the Dutch House in South Holmwood celebrates the lives of Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence, leaders of the women's suffrage movement and campaigners for peace and social justice; the plaque at 43 Howard Road, Dorking, marks the headquarters of the Dorking 'suffragette' campaign of 1912. If you would like to nominate a premises with strong links to a person of significance for consideration, please get in touch

A photo of The Dorking Society Blue Plaque Scheme
A photo of museum volunteers dressed as Suffragettes near new Blue Plaque
Photography credit: Royston Williamson
A photo of museum volunteers dressed as Suffragettes