Working From Home: One Year Later – Collections

By the staff of West Sussex Record Office Did any of us expect the new decade to start off in such a manner? It has now been one year since the first announcement of lockdown was declared. Last year, staff put together a blog outlining what we had been working on from home. In hindsight,…

Working From Home: One Year Later – The Searchroom

By the staff of West Sussex Record Office Did any of us expect the new decade to start off in such a manner? It has now been one year since the first announcement of lockdown was declared. Last year, staff put together a blog outlining what we had been working on from home. In hindsight,…

Chichester Cathedral Archives Reach New Audiences in Sweden

In 2017 the Sussex Record Society published a fascinating volume of church court proceedings taken from the Diocesan Archives held at the Record Office. Depositions, which can be found in the Ep/I/11 series, are the accounts of cases held at the Bishop of Chichester’s Consistory Court. These courts covered a plethora of local issues and disputes including quarrels over wills, tithe disputes, matrimonial disagreements, and the ever amusing defamation cases.  However they can be difficult to read and interpret for the modern reader, which is where the Sussex Record Society and Peter Wilkinson got involved.

BERNSTEIN IN CHICHESTER 2018: THE ARCHIVE STORY

Last month saw the culmination of the Bernstein in Chichester Festival with the sublime and historic performance of the Chichester Psalms on 24 November in Chichester Cathedral by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, herself a protégé of Leonard Bernstein, and the choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals. The Bernstein in Chichester…

The Indictment of William Blake, 1803 (QR/W643)

  Chosen by Wendy Walker, County Archivist For generations, artists and writers have found inspiration in the West Sussex landscape and details of their lives can sometimes be found in the most unexpected places. The poet and artist William Blake (author of ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘The Tyger’) makes an interesting appearance in the Quarter Sessions court…