Recently added images

  • Metal plaque on a wooden chair.
  • The Oakhill Timeline
  • The Gables Souvenir Medallion (Obverse)



Welcome to the Oakhill Community Heritage Project website

The Oakhill Community Heritage Project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. It aims to collate, preserve and share the rich history of Oakhill, Surbiton. 

The project has: 

  • Collected oral histories from Oakhill residents, past and current students of Hillcroft College, people who worked or were in-patients of the old Surbiton Hospital and the new Surbiton Health Centre
  • Created a permanent display of Oakhill’s rich history in the form of a timeline on the new Health Centre and Lime Tree School site (see the Maps of Oakhill section to see where it is located)
  • Created a new website for the project, where the stories of Oakhill and the oral histories will be available for everyone to access 
  • Also - the project is looking for Oakhill Heritage Ambassadors to present Oakhill’s heritage within the local area. Email if you are interested or have any ideas of how you would like to use the project's findings. 

Project Themes

The main themes of the project are:

  • The history of community health care and education in Oakhill, Surbiton
  • The history of the Oakhill community through its people, architecture and development
  • The participation of the local community in the discovery of this history
  • Ensuring Oakhill’s heritage can be shared and used for learning within the local community

Along the bottom website banner you will find the different organisations who are project partners.

Get Involved!

The Oakhill Community Heritage Project is looking for volunteers to:

  • Collect oral histories  and make them accessible (oral history training provided by Kingston University London)
  • Assist with researching the history of Oakhill
  • Digitize documents and photos from the archive (and receive training in how to handle archives)
  • Become Oakhill Heritage Ambassadors to use the OCHP resources with local people
  • Becoming a volunteer is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, build on existing experiences and knowledge, and find out about your local community first hand. The project will reimburse sustainable travel expenses. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer email or call 020 8339 4088

You can also get involved with our Flickr group. Become a member and share your photographs of Oakhill. Photos can be historical or new; be of locations, celebrations or people just going about their normal day-to-day. Sharing your photos with our Flickr group will add to the story of Oakhill and enable them to be enjoyed by everyone. 

And if you visit the Oakhill Community Heritage Project photos on Flickr you can see some very thoughtful, beautiful and sometimes funny images of Oakhill - feel free to add comments or any extra information you have about a picture. 

Tell us your Story

Join in with the conversation - The project has a strong emphasis on community involvement and we would like to hear from you. Do you have stories, memories or documents about Oakhill that you would like to share? It could be about studying at Hillcroft College, or memories of being an in-patient or working at the old Surbiton Hospital. Maybe you used to live in Oakhill or are a local business owner and have a story about significant or interesting events that happened in the area. Let us know.

Email or add to the story of Oakhill on Facebook