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About us

At West Sussex Record Office we collect, preserve and provide access to the documentary and recorded heritage of the county of West Sussex.

The collections include records of local government from the 16th century onwards, the Diocese of Chichester and its parishes, and those of businesses, families, estates, societies, hospitals and schools. We also hold records of the West Sussex Constabulary and the Royal Sussex Regiment.

In addition, we are the home of Screen Archive South East, which looks after more than 10,000 films relating to Sussex, Surrey and Kent.


Our conservation team is responsible for the preservation of the collections by ensuring that they are appropriately packaged, boxed and stored, and that any treatments or repairs are carried out.

Records management

Along with the historic archives of the county, the Record Office is also responsible for managing the modern records of West Sussex County Council.

Policies and Plans

If you would like to read our policies, please download them below.

User Forum

The User Forum is made up of family historians, local historians and academics who use the service regularly.

It plays a key role in representing the views of Record Office users and advises us on our policies and future plans.

The group meets twice a year with managers and staff and we are extremely grateful to them for their time and expertise.

For more information, please contact us and ask for the County Archivist.

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