It may be too simple to say that what we use today will be history tomorrow? But it is true, and it is also impracticable to think that we would wish to retain everything at hand so that in 100 years time visitors can view these then, similar to how we now look back to the 1920s as a comparison. So the question always is, what do we save, and why this object rather than that object?
Thankfully, we have knowledgeable experts who make these decisions every month of every year – and if you also have an interest because of fascinating items in your family history, or from the house you live in, or to do with the street you live on, then you will understand the purpose of our local history groups... so, if you do have items or just an interest in the past, please contact your nearest LHG and join in. They all have get-togethers, and talks and walks... and membership (with bulletins/emails) for just a few pounds... so why not?
If you are not actually in Dorking, then these are the corresponding local history groups in our area;