‘Shippam’s Guide to Opera’, 1955 (SASE 3266)

                Chosen by Ine Van Dooren of Screen Archive South East (http://about.brighton.ac.uk/screenarchive/) In 1995 my life changed. I was appointed Moving Image Archivist for the South East Film & Video Archive, now called Screen Archive South East. I got some of my belongings in a car and moved from…

Selseyana, 1906-1937 (MP 110-116)

Chosen by Sheila Rhodes, volunteer Edward Heron-Allen was a remarkable man. Born in London in 1861, Heron-Allen's interests were many and varied; a qualified solicitor, he was also an expert in violin making and cheirosophy (the art of reading a person's character through the formation of their hands and fingers), a published author of early science-fiction stories and…

Model of Chichester Festival Theatre, 1967 (CFT/1/1/1/1/4)

 Chosen by Nick Corbo-Stewart, former member of staff (text by Katherine Slay) As part of Chichester Festival Theatre’s highly successful Pass It On! project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Record Office has been working in partnership with the Theatre for the last three years to bring together and explore the theatre’s extensive archives.…

Court Papers of the Consistory Court for the Archdeaconry of Chichester, 1602 (Ep/I/15/1/46)

  Chosen by Peter Wilkinson, former member of staff The records of the diocesan courts, particularly in the period from Queen Elizabeth’s reign to the start of the Civil War, give us a unique picture of local life in Sussex. On the one hand we see the bishop and his officials trying to keep a…

Household account book, 1656-1679 (Par 384/6/1)

Chosen by Danae Tankard, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Chichester Giles Moore (1617-1679) was rector of Horsted Keynes from 1656 until 1679. During this time he kept a household account book (catalogued as the ‘Journal of Giles Moore’), providing a detailed record of his household expenditure.  His book is organised by types of expenditure,…

The Spread Eagle, Midhurst, 1902 (PH 26114/51)

    Chosen by Christine Chowne, volunteer John Holland Ballet Fletcher was a local man, born in 1879 in Worthing. He was the only surviving child of William H. B. Fletcher, former mayor of Worthing and later Lord of the Manor at Aldwick, now Hotham Park House, and his wife, Agnes. John read law at St…

Sites of Archaeological Interest in West Sussex, mid 20th century (WDC/PL18/1)

Chosen by John Mills, Senior Archaeologist, West Sussex County Council Archival records provide a vital resource for archaeological research, as maps, plans, photographs, and many other records document the historical topography of the county. The Record Office also holds examples of the research and reports generated through archaeological study, and copies of the Sussex Archaeological Society's journal 'Sussex Archaeological Collections'. The…