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
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.
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.
The User Forum is made up of family
historians, local historians and academics who use the service
It plays a key role in representing the views
of Record Office users and advises us on our policies and future
The group meets twice a year with managers and
staff and we are extremely grateful to them for their time and
For more information, please contact us and ask for the
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