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Wild Was the Wind in West Sussex: The Great Storm of 1987

‘Earlier today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way. Well, if you’re watching, don’t worry, there isn’t’ Many will remember the immortal words of weatherman Michael Fish, whose casual dismissal … Continue reading

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The Selsey Tram – the Bumpity Bump

One hundred and twenty years ago a light railway opened during the August Bank Holiday of 1897 and it became known as the noisiest and most rickety railway in England. This was the Selsey Tramway, although its official name was … Continue reading

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A day in the life of…

Work experience student, Kathryn Mersey I’ve been on my second Work Experience placement at West Sussex Record Office this week; after being so inspired by my first, in 2015, I couldn’t wait to come back! On my first placement I … Continue reading

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Sense or Insensibility : Chichester in the 1960’s

Alan Green ‘If you can remember the 1960s you weren’t there” runs a well-known maxim. Whether you were there or not, it was a decade irredeemably associated with permissive attitudes and the ripping out of the hearts of so many … 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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