Victorian Christmas Traditions in the Archive

Many of our modern-day Christmas traditions are famously attributed to the Victorian period and the influence of Prince Albert, who bought German customs and festive celebrations to the UK. This new way of marking the Christmas period saw the introduction of many festive traditions we continue to enjoy today, from elaborate decorations to gingerbread, lavish Christmas menus,…

Annual Closed Fortnight Activities

As many archive services do, West Sussex Record Office closes to the public for the first two weeks in December every year for a 'stocktaking' period. During the fortnight, searchroom staff are able to spend time catching up on odd jobs and housekeeping projects, as well as focusing on cataloguing.     Throughout the year, we…

Christmas Gift Ideas from the Archive

Create your own quality prints, greetings cards or amazing gifts from our gallery of high quality historic images! Whether you’re looking for a gift for a history-lover, or a hard to buy for friend or relative, we have thousands of images from the archives that can be turned into the perfect gift. Our Online Picture…