Transatlantic Ties Project

The Transatlantic Ties project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York, explores and promotes the close historical connections between America and West Sussex through the wealth of archival material for the county. Join project archivist Jo McConville for regular updates here.


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Transatlantic Ties: American History in West Sussex

By Jo McConville, Transatlantic Ties Project Archivist The much feted Sussex Declaration (see an earlier blog post for more information) represents a remarkable connection between West Sussex and the United States. It may be the most famous, but it’s certainly not the only one. Some of the people and places in the county with significant…

Stories from the Parish Registers: Black residents of West Sussex

By Alice Millard, Research Assistant As part of West Sussex Record Office’s Transatlantic Ties project, and ongoing work surrounding intersectionality in the archive, a survey of the county’s parish registers for individuals of African, Asian, and Caribbean heritage is underway. London Metropolitan Archives undertook a similar project which began in 2000, the results of which…

Transatlantic Ties: A Juneteenth voyage to Ghana

By Jo McConville, Project Archivist Please be aware that this post covers topics that may be distressing. The original 18th century documents discussed here also contain archaic racial language and terminology which is now considered unacceptable. If you’re reading this on Saturday (19th), today marks Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved peoples in…

Transatlantic Ties: January 2021 Update – Inaugurations, MPs and Presidents

By Jo McConville, Project Archivist The day finally arrives for Joe Biden’s inauguration as 46th president of the United States, following an extraordinary few months of controversy and division since his election victory in early November, culminating in the attack on the US Capitol on 6th January 2021. Amongst reams of media coverage and analysis…

Thanksgiving: A Transatlantic Ties update

By Jo McConville, Transatlantic Ties project archivist. You can read more on the TT project here. For a long time, I didn’t really ‘get’ Thanksgiving. Perhaps not so surprising, given that it’s such a distinctively American holiday which doesn’t register on our British calendars. My main exposure to it came during my 1990s Friends obsession,…