November events at West Sussex Record Office and Burgess Hill Library

A list of events taking place during November, hosted by West Sussex Record Office and Burgess Hill Library.


Release date: 2 November 2022

Saturday 19 November: Burgess Hill ‘Love Your Local Library’ event

Love your local library logo

As part of the Christmas lights switch on event, Burgess Hill Library will be hosting a fun filled ‘Love Your Local Library’ afternoon where anybody can come along and find out more about what their local library has to offer.

Running from 3pm – 5pm, this free event will have lots of things to see and do, including:

  • fun arts and crafts,
  • face painting,
  • festive story time,
  • and a festive baby rhyme time.

With access to more than you could imagine, you can discover the digital library, take-home toys, and most of all, make some noise.

Monday 28 November: Explore Your Archive 2022

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As part of Explore Your Archive Week, West Sussex Record Office is opening its doors on Monday 28 November to anyone interested in a free introduction to the Searchroom, collections and online resources.

Throughout the day there will be several opportunities to join in a free 45-minute introduction to the Record Office, which will include:

  • a short tour of the Searchroom facilities,
  • an introduction to resources on,
  • an opportunity to look at some of the team’s favourite records and the work their Conservator does to preserve them.

You will also have the chance to sign up for an Archives Card, enabling you to visit in future to investigate the history of your family and house and to access all kinds of other resources such as, military and hospital records, the archives of estates and manors and much more.

Booking for slots is essential and can be made over the phone on 01243 753602 or by emailing

Tuesday 29 November: Rails to Midhurst

6th February 1955 and the day after the last public services “The Hampshireman” rail tour special calls at Midhurst en’ route to Petersfield.

On Tuesday 29 November at 7pm, railway enthusiasts or those interested in social history are invited to join local historian Bill Gage as he tells tales of the “Rails to Midhurst”.

Taking place both online and in person at West Sussex Record Office, Bill will look at stories associated with the lines to Midhurst, including a runaway locomotive, a prominent national funeral and a catastrophic accident and will use the railway theme as a platform to explore social history.

The talk will last an hour and will include film footage, a photographic display and original documents. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions (remote audiences can ask questions via the chat box).

Tickets cost £8 to attend in person and can be booked and paid for by phoning 01243 753602.

To attend online, tickets cost £5 and need to be booked through Eventbrite.

Coming soon…

Several people looking at a number of documents spread out over a large table.

From January 2023 Coffee Time workshops are back at West Sussex Record Office.

On the first Wednesday of each month, special mid-morning sessions will give you the opportunity to learn from the experts on a number of different subjects.
Topics include how to start your family tree, researching the history of your house and getting started with

Tickets cost £7.50 per event, and you will be introduced to the incredible range of archive material that’s available at the Record Office.

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