What’s on: 2019 at the Record Office

As we fast approach the New Year, we'd like to share with you a taster of upcoming talks and workshops in 2019. Our popular Talks on Tuesdays series will continue, beginning with 'The Little Churches of Chichester' an illustrated talk by Alan Green, on the 29th January. Alan will delve into the forgotten histories of Chichester's lost churches. Find…

First World War Centenary Poppy Display

In a previous blog post we shared our plans to create a display of poppies in our reception area to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. We appealed to staff, volunteers, researchers, friends and relatives to contribute handmade poppies to be part of this display. We received an overwhelming response, with over 600…

Family History Fun Day – A genealogical extravaganza for all the family!

Come along and join us at Horsham Library on Saturday 21 October, 10:00- 4:00pm for a West Sussex Libraries Family History Fun Day! There will be an opportunity to meet experts from Sussex Family History Group, West Sussex Record Office, Times Digital Archive, Guild of One Name Studies and others. Information Librarians and Archivists will be available to…

Archive of Leonard Keir Hett of Ardingly, architect

Leonard Keir Hett was born on 9 September 1887 in Ewell, Surrey. He studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London from 1905 to 1907, becoming a member of RIBA in 1910. He was admitted ARIBA in 1911 and FRIBA in 1920. All of the papers from Hett’s working life were deposited at…

Sir Patrick Moore: Early Life, Mentors, and Notebooks

The early life of Sir Patrick Moore will be the subject of a talk at the Record Office in Chichester on Tuesday 27th June. The talk on West Sussex local Sir Patrick, who died in 2012, will be given by world-renowned astronomer and principal lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium, Dr John Mason. A close friend of…

‘Bygone Sussex’: The photographs of George Garland and John Fletcher

The lives and work of two of the county’s most important photographers will be explored at an illustrated talk at West Sussex Record Office on Tuesday 31st January (7pm). Join Archivist Nichola Court to find out more about the collections of the Petworth-based professional photographer George Garland, who worked from the 1920s up to his…