Monthly Archives: August 2016

Billingshurst Oral History Project collection, 2015 (Acc 18164)

Chosen by Andrew Rackley, member of staff Archives aren’t all about paper. Technology has changed significantly over the last 70 years and the Record Office has been changing with it. As records are increasingly produced solely in a digital format … Continue reading

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Deed of Paines in Thakeham, 1799 (Add Mss 198)

 Chosen by Annabelle Hughes, researcher I came across this deed in my work as a researcher of historic buildings. I had been trying to find a link between what was thought to be an early 19th century house in Thakeham … Continue reading

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Brighton Railway (Selsey Tramway) poster, c.1910 (Add Mss 13773)

Chosen by Bill Gage, member of staff I found this poster whilst I was researching the history of the Selsey Tram which operated from 1897 until its closure in 1935. The Selsey Tram, as it was known locally, was in … Continue reading

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Incumbent’s register of parishioners, c.1850 (Par 174/7/1)

Chosen by Tim Hudson, former Victoria County History Editor Incumbents of Anglican parishes must often keep lists of their parishioners with details about them; but most probably destroy them when they move on, as being too private and personal. The … Continue reading

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A partition wall from St Mary’s hospital almshouses, c.1802 onwards (Acc 13567)

Chosen by Simon Hopkins, member of staff Early in 2006 I was called by the architect managing a redevelopment to the Almshouses in St Mary’s Hospital, St Martin’s Square, Chichester. Builders had removed the original partition walls, fixtures and fittings, … Continue reading

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Probate inventory for Mary Cooper of Midhurst, 1743 (Ep/I/29/138/235)

 Chosen by Matthew Jones, member of staff We can get a very personal insight into someone’s life by looking through their probate records, and inventories can be the most fascinating of all. We have over 12,000 probate inventories and one … Continue reading

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Eric Gill’s ‘London box’, c1940 (Eric Gill 353)

Lesley Sim, Information Services Manager, West Sussex County Council Eric Gill was a prolific artist: a sculptor, engraver, calligrapher, draughtsman and writer. Although he is often associated with the village of Ditchling in East Sussex, he had a strong connection … Continue reading

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