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…

Drawing of the Thakeham Blue Idol Meeting House

William Penn in West Sussex

By Martin Hayes, County Local Studies Librarian William Penn is best known as the founder of Pennsylvania, among the most successful of all American colonies, and as a leader of the fledgling Society of Friends, better known as Quakers. He was the only man in the 17th century to achieve as much in ‘Olde England’…

Homestead House is a red brick thatch cottage with white framed windows and front door. The front garden is exceptionally well maintained.

Historic records and architectural histories: Selsey Maps

By Tim Hudson (guest blogger) What types of historic documents do architectural historians use? Continuing with our guest written series, the once Editor of the Sussex Victoria County History and co author of the updated Pevsner guide to West Sussex, Tim Hudson, will be exploring the types of records used when researching built heritage. Each blog, Tim will look at a significant West Sussex building through a variety of historic documents available at the Record Office. Today we look at the maps of Selsey.

Historic records and architectural histories: Arundel Castle

By Tim Hudson (guest blogger) What types of historic documents do architectural historians use? Over the next few months the once Editor of the Sussex Victoria County History and co author of the updated Pevsner guide to West Sussex, Tim Hudson, will be exploring the types of records used when researching built heritage. Each blog,…