Sugar thermometer, early 20th century (AM 930/3/1)

Chosen by West Sussex Federation of Women’s Institutes (text by Holly Wright) This sugar thermometer, deposited by Singleton WI, is certainly an object which embodies the traditional (and stereotypical) ‘Jam and Jerusalem’ image of the Women’s Institute. However, current members of the WI would no doubt be quick to emphasise that it is so much…

Memorandum book of Thomas Osborn of Tangmere, 1797-1807 (Add Mss 48413)

                      Chosen by Gillian Edom, former member of staff When I was searching for material about the history of Tangmere parish for the Joining up our Heritage project I came across a brief entry in the WSRO catalogue. All it said was Memorandum Book of…

Wyatt and Son valuation book no 41, 1914-1917 (AM 692/112)

Chosen by Keith Lawson, volunteer I have volunteered at West Sussex Record Office for a number of years now. A couple of years ago, I was asked to catalogue a collection of 116 valuation books compiled by Wyatt and Son, who were Agricultural Valuers and Auctioneers. Established in 1826, Wyatt and Son moved to Baffins Hall, Chichester,…

Royal Sussex Regiment photograph album, 1865-1894 (RSR PH/2/1)

Chosen by The Royal Sussex Regimental Association (text by Matthew Jones) In 1873 a common depot was established at Chichester for the 35th and 107th Regiments of Foot, and in 1881 the two Regiments were reconstituted as the 1st and 2nd Battalions, The Royal Sussex Regiment. This album, which forms part of the extensive and…