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.

Tell me more

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

Contact details

  • Email record.office@westsussex.gov.uk
  • Tel: 01243 753602
  • Fax: 01243 533959
  • 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.


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. Tickets cost £8.00 (non-refundable) for each talk and must be booked in advance from the Record Office.

See below for our current scheduled talks.

Coffee Time Workshops

Our Wednesday Coffee Time Workshops are perfect if you want to research your family tree but don't know where to start. It doesn't matter if you are new to the subject, unsure of computers, or if you want to look beyond the obvious sources, you will be introduced to the incredible range of archive material available at the Record Office.

Each session costs £7.50 (tickets non-refundable) and places are limited. To book a place on any of the sessions please contact us. Workshops are subject to last-minute cancellation if there are insufficient bookings (we will notify you of any change at least the day before).

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 here.


Talks on Tuesday

Graylingwell Hospital

A new illustrated talk on the West Sussex County Asylum by Katherine Slay.

Date: Tuesday 29 November 2016

Time: 7.00pm

Tickets: £8.00 (non-refundable) - please book in advance by contacting the Record Office.

 

Bygone Sussex: The photographs of George Garland and John Fletcher

An illustrated talk by Nichola Court.

Date: Tuesday 31 January 2017

Time: 7.00pm

Tickets: £8.00 (non-refundable) - please book in advance by contacting the Record Office.

‘On The Beat’ - The History and Archive of West Sussex Constabulary 1857-1967

An illustrated talk by Holly Wright.

Date: Tuesday 25 April 2017

Time: 7.00pm

Tickets: £8.00 (non-refundable) - please book in advance by contacting the Record Office.


Coffee time workshops

Researching the history of your house

Date: Wednesday 5 April 2017

Time: 10.00am

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

Tracing your army ancestors

Date: Wednesday 3 May 2017

Time: 10.00am

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

Beginners guide to manorial records

Date: Wednesday 7 June 2017

Time: 10.00am

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

Parish records (not just the registers)

Date: Wednesday 5 July 2017

Time: 10.00am

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

Beginners guide to Ancestry.co.uk and Findmypast

Date: Wednesday 6 September 2017

Time: 10.00am

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

How to read old handwriting

Date: Wednesday 4 October 2017

Time: 10.00am

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

Crime and punishment

Date: Wednesday 1 November 2017

Time: 10.00am

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


Special events

Open Day

Visit the Record Office to meet the staff, find out what resources are available for family and local history research and have a look behind the scenes

Date: Saturday 12 November 2016

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Please note that normal service in the Searchroom will be suspended for the day. 


Record Office friends

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