Monthly Archives: November 2016

From Charters to Cheese: Our 70th Birthday Open Day and Reception

After publishing a booklet featuring our 70 favourite records on Sussex Day (16 June), and posting each of those 70 records on this blog over the past 6 months, our 70th Birthday celebrations culminated on Saturday 12 November, with our … Continue reading

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70th Anniversary Open Day Celebrations

In 2016, West Sussex Record Office has been marking its 70th Anniversary. In celebration, we asked our users, depositors, volunteers, supporters and staff to explore the archive and nominate their favourite document. We published a booklet featuring these 70 archives … Continue reading

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Great War memoir, 1914-1917 (Add Mss 25001-25006)

Chosen by Sue Hepburn, researcher In five manuscript volumes and an edited typed text, entitled ‘A March with the Infantry’, the memoirs of Ralph Ellis are a powerful and compelling record of the life of a soldier serving in the Royal Sussex Regiment on … Continue reading

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1768 Map of Woodmancote and Albourne (Add Mss 17101)

Chosen by Frances Lansley, much missed late member of staff This is a map of Wick Farm in Woodmancote and Albourne , part of the estate of Sir Merrick Burrell of West Grinstead Place. The map, dated 1768, is painted … Continue reading

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Potter’s Museum of Curiosity, 1977 (Lib 12426)

Kate Mosse, novelist, playwright and researcher I first hit the Archive in 2013, researching for my Gothic thriller – The Taxidermist’s Daughter – which is set in Fishbourne and Chichester in 1912.  I needed maps, I needed information, but I … Continue reading

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Letter from Nelson to Murray, 1803 (AM 760/1/134/3)

Chosen by Richard Plowman and Barry Aldridge on behalf of The Murray Club   Lord Nelson sent a letter to the then Captain George Murray on 13 April 1803 telling him he was ‘fixed as fate’ his first Captain, with … Continue reading

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Map of Worthing, late 1820s (PM 929)

  Richard Howell of West Sussex Archives Society (WSAS)      I love old maps. I love poring over them and imagining a landscape that has probably long since been changed beyond recognition, yet at the same time being able … Continue reading

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