Queen Victoria Hospital Archive project: Introducing the project

        As regular readers of this blog will be aware, since 2016 WSRO has been engaged in a major project involving the archive of the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, which became known during the Second World War as the centre for the treatment of the ‘Guinea Pig Club’, the RAF…

West Sussex Airfields and the Battle of Britain 1940

By Alan Readman and Martin Hayes The Battle of Britain, fought mainly in the skies above Sussex and Kent, took place between July and October 1940 and this month marks its 80th anniversary. September 15th has been designated Battle of Britain Day to commemorate RAF Fighter Command’s decisive victory over the German Luftwaffe. Key events…

West Sussex Unwrapped Week 2: Nursing

Arguably, the profession of nursing offered the same essential experience for every nurse. Yet, it was the experiences born from a specific place and time which gave each nurse their own unique story, and West Sussex has been home to a number of historically significant institutions. From the medieval hospitality of St Mary’s Hospital in…

Transatlantic Ties: An Introduction

By Jo McConville, Heritage Project Manager: Transatlantic Ties Followers of this blog and WSRO news will almost certainly be familiar with the story of the Sussex Declaration (if not, click this link to see our previous blog posts on this great record), the rare contemporary copy of the American Declaration of Independence housed at the…

100 years of the RAF – Staff Stories

The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed on 1 April 1918 and was the world’s first independent air force. It was the result of the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service which was deemed to be necessary due to the growing importance of aviation in the war. The Women’s…

What’s on: 2018 at the Record Office

Happy New Year to all who follow and support West Sussex Record Office! We have a lot planned for 2018, and thought we would use the start of the new year to highlight some of our upcoming talks and events that may interest you in the coming months. Our regular ‘Talks on Tuesday’ series will…

Explore Your Archive Campaign 2017

Throughout the past week, West Sussex Record Office has been celebrating the annual National Archives and Archive and Records Association’s ‘Explore Your Archive’ campaign. The campaign ‘aims to open the phenomenal archival collections held by organisations – public and private – across the UK and Ireland, whatever their size and scale, and wherever they are’, and saw archive…

From Charters to Cheese: Our 70th Birthday Open Day and Reception

After publishing a booklet featuring our 70 favourite records on Sussex Day (16 June), and posting each of those 70 records on this blog over the past 6 months, our 70th Birthday celebrations culminated on Saturday 12 November, with our public Open Day and evening Reception. The day was a great opportunity to get a…

70th Anniversary Open Day Celebrations

In 2016, West Sussex Record Office has been marking its 70th Anniversary. In celebration, we asked our users, depositors, volunteers, supporters and staff to explore the archive and nominate their favourite document. We published a booklet featuring these 70 archives on Sussex Day (16th June) and here on this blog, we offered a little more…