Author Archives: West Sussex Record Office

About West Sussex Record Office

Celebrating our collections dating from 780AD to the present day, and keeping you up to date with Record Office events

Looking back at the Women’s Institute in West Sussex

By Alison Merriman, Archivist to the West Sussex Federation of Women’s Institutes To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the West Sussex Federation of Women’s Institutes, Alison delves deeper into the origins of the WI – an organisation that has been … Continue reading

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Tuesday Talk Taster: Elizabethan Chichester

By Dr Caroline Adams Tickets for our ‘Elizabethan Chichester’ Tuesday Talk on 29th October at 7pm, can be purchased by ringing reception on 01243 753602 In August 1591 Queen Elizabeth I came to Chichester on her summer progress.  This talk … Continue reading

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Documenting Fascism in 1930s West Sussex

You may not have considered that the sleepy South coast of West Sussex had to confront fascist activity head on during the decade prior to the Second World War. Yet, we recently stumbled across some records held in the archive … Continue reading

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A Gloucester Garden Party

Something light and fluffy this time, a diary entry of sorts of trip north west to some colleagues, catching the last of the good weather and enjoying endless amounts of cake! Continue reading

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William Penn in West Sussex

By Martin Hayes, County Local Studies Librarian William Penn is best known as the founder of Pennsylvania, among the most successful of all American colonies, and as a leader of the fledgling Society of Friends, better known as Quakers. He … Continue reading

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Historic records and architectural histories: Selsey Maps

By Tim Hudson (guest blogger)

What types of historic documents do architectural historians use? Continuing with our guest written series, the once Editor of the Sussex Victoria County History and co author of the updated Pevsner guide to West Sussex, Tim Hudson, will be exploring the types of records used when researching built heritage. Each blog, Tim will look at a significant West Sussex building through a variety of historic documents available at the Record Office.

Today we look at the maps of Selsey. Continue reading

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West Sussex and its London Evacuees

Adjusting to a new home, integrating (or lack thereof) with the local children, and living with complete strangers… It was a lot to ask of the evacuees that came to London 80 years ago this month! Continue reading

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