West Sussex Record Office

What's on at the Record Office

3 Orchard Street, Chichester, PO19 1DD

Find out about events coming up at the Record Office.

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We hold regular evening talks on Tuesdays and family history workshops on the first Wednesday of each month.

About our events

Talks on Tuesday

'Talks on Tuesday' cover a wide range of fascinating subjects presented by our experts. All talks start at 7.00pm and last 1 to 2 hours, including refreshments. 

For on-site talks, tickets cost £8.00 (non-refundable) per person and must be booked in advance from the Record Office. Online talks are either £5.00 per person or free of charge.

See below for our current scheduled talks and ticket prices.

Coffee Time Workshops

Do you want to research your family tree but don’t know where to start? Would you like to research the history of your house or learn how to read old handwriting? If so, sign up for our coffee time workshops.

On the first Wednesday of each month, our special mid-morning sessions, which usually run for 1-2 hours, will give you the opportunity to learn from the experts in a relaxed atmosphere.

We will introduce you to the incredible range of archive material available at the Record Office - dating from 780 AD to the present day - and how best to use the sources for research.

At West Sussex Record Office you can be assured of a warm welcome from our friendly and knowledgeable staff. We hope you will join us, whether it's for one session or all of them!

See below for our current scheduled workshops.

Special events

From open days to exhibitions, you will find details of any special events we are hosting below.

Talks on Tuesday

Tales of a Sussex family farm

Join us for a fascinating insight into Sussex farm life 1949-1997.

Angela Lerwill was born and bred in West Sussex. She was raised on a small mixed farm near Wisborough Green. After this, she attended Harper Adams University prior to setting up her own market research business. She now lives in the Cotswolds.

Angela’s book ‘Tales of a Sussex Family Farm’ is one of her Covid-19 projects. It aims to describe the Lerwill’s family and working life while they lived at Frithwood Farm, warts and all. Graham Harvey, former Agricultural Story Editor of the Archers, describes it as "...funny, sad and inspirational."

The talk will last up to an hour, with an opportunity to ask questions (via the chat box for our remote audience).

Venue: West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street, Chichester, PO19 1DD
Date: Tuesday 24 September 2024
Time: 7.00pm
Tickets: £8.00 (attending in-person), £7.00 for West Sussex Archives Society members, £5.00 (attending remotely via Zoom)
Booking: To attend in person, please phone 01243 753602 to book and pay. To attend online, please book via Eventbrite.

Coffee time workshops

Reading old handwriting

Date: Wednesday 5 June 2024

Time: 10.00am

Tickets: £7.50 (non-refundable) - book in advance by contacting the Record Office.

Getting started with Ancestry.co.uk

This workshop will incorporate a practical, hands-on computer session, giving you the chance to try out this popular website under our guidance.

Date: Wednesday 4 September 2024

Time: 10.00am

Tickets: £7.50 (non-refundable) - book in advance by contacting the Record Office.

Researching the history of your house

Date: Wednesday 2 October 2024

Time: 10.00am

Tickets: £7.50 (non-refundable) - book in advance by contacting the Record Office.

Record Office friends

A regular programme of events is also organised by the West Sussex Archives Society. For more information, visit their website.

Contact details

  • Email record.office@westsussex.gov.uk
  • Tel: 01243 753602
  • Address

    3 Orchard Street, Chichester, PO19 1DD
  • Additional information

    Our address for correspondence is: County Archivist, West Sussex Record Office, County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RN

Find us

By car

We are based in the heart of Chichester, very near to County Hall. The A27 trunk road runs through Chichester for links to Brighton and Portsmouth, while links to London are provided by the A23 and A24. Chichester is approached from the north via the A286 from Midhurst; and the A285 from Petworth.

By train

We are about a 10 minute walk from Chichester train station, which is served by a regular train service from London Victoria. There are also services from Brighton and Portsmouth.

By bus

The closest bus stops are at Orchard Street, West Street (Cathedral) and Avenue de Chartres.