West Sussex Unwrapped

West Sussex Unwrapped

Read the blog, watch the film, follow the fun.

Welcome to West Sussex Unwrapped, a ten-week tour exploring the historical, celebratory, nostalgic and quirky sides of West Sussex.

Brought to you by Screen Archive South East and West Sussex Record Office, this new collaborative project will delve deep into the county’s heritage, presenting a multi-media mix of old film footage, photographs, blogs and unique documents which together offer a different approach to experiencing archival material at home. Films will be showcased on Vimeo and weekly blogs published right here.

This page will be continuously updated, with a new theme added every week. Keep checking back for more and we hope that you discover something new and illuminating.

See what’s in store…


West Sussex Unwrapped Promo from Screen Archive South East on Vimeo.

Watch this space for next week’s theme, ‘Lifeboats’.

Coming Tuesday 7th July.

Week three – Women’s Institute


The WSFWI have been providing education, skills and community to ladies up and down the county for over a century now, and the revealing scrapbooks of Easebourne, Lavant, Selsey, Felpham, Petworth, Camelsdale, Graffham and Selham, Chidham and so many more are always worth showing off!

Click here to explore!

Week two – Nursing


From the medieval hospitality of St Mary’s Hospital in Chichester to the state-of-the-art treatments developed at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, each hospital offered a unique experience for thousands of West Sussex nurses.

Click here to explore!

Week one – Summer


We’ve prepared a pot-pourri of summer related archival material. From railway posters to goat chaises & donkey rides, humorous postcards and photos of seaside hotels, plunge into these archival documents.

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