The Railway Card Project: F surname cards

By Katherine Slay, Archive Assistant, and Graham P, Project Volunteer. Graham P, one of the volunteers working on the railway employee cards project, listed all the cards where the surname began with the letter ‘F’. He did an extensive analysis of the results, and also picked out some noteworthy entries. Extracts appear below; the longer…

‘We’re going on a Lion Hunt’… in Bognor.

By Imogen Russell, Searchroom Assistant Bognor Observer, Wednesday 11th October 1933. This year marks my tenth anniversary of working at the Record Office and for this blog I thought I'd review one of my most memorable cataloguing projects.  I could have chosen AM 760 – letters of Admiral Sir George Murray, the subject of previous…

The Railway Card Project: C, D and E surname cards – Rising through the ranks

By Katherine Slay, Archives Assistant In our latest blog post, Katherine Slay gives brief stories of three employees of railway companies in the south-east of England, drawing on the information on their railway employee cards. Edwin Charles Cox was born in 1868, and joined the Operating Department of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway in…

Three safety pin badges from the Ancient Order of the Froth Blowers, one a bubbly tankard of beer, the second a red nosed and hat wearing man with a dazed look and a substantial beard, and thirdly a traditional pint glass filled with frothy beer.

‘Lubrication in Moderation’: Ye Ancient Order of Froth Blowers (A.O.F.B) in West Sussex

By Dr David Muggleton of the University of Chichester My introduction to the collected story of the A.O.F.B. was through the 2005 self-publication by David Woodhead entitled Of Fripp and Froth Blowers. David went on to become Chairman of the tribute organisation, Friends of the Froth Blowers, but had initially been sceptical as to the authenticity…

Doodles, dragons, and pen trials

By Alice Millard, Research Assistant Anyone who has ever had a long phone conversation, sat in a meeting, or attempted to put off doing homework will have whiled away some of that time doodling. But, have you ever thought of people doing the exact same thing hundreds of years ago? The term 'pen trial' is…

Looking back at the Women’s Institute in West Sussex

By Alison Merriman, Archivist to the West Sussex Federation of Women's Institutes To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the West Sussex Federation of Women's Institutes, Alison delves deeper into the origins of the WI - an organisation that has been present in West Sussex ever since its arrival in England in 1914. To illustrate her…