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…

Tuesday Talk Taster: Elizabethan Chichester

By Dr Caroline Adams Tickets for our 'Elizabethan Chichester' Tuesday Talk on 29th October at 7pm, can be purchased by ringing reception on 01243 753602 In August 1591 Queen Elizabeth I came to Chichester on her summer progress.  This talk (on Tuesday 29th October) will look at the Chichester she would have seen: a walled…

Documenting Fascism in 1930s West Sussex

You may not have considered that the sleepy South coast of West Sussex had to confront fascist activity head on during the decade prior to the Second World War. Yet, we recently stumbled across some records held in the archive which tell a very different story, and prompted further exploration into what else we hold…