An exciting project highlighting the historical links between West Sussex and the USA gets underway this month with ‘Some Transatlantic Ties’, the first in a new series of ‘Tuesday Talks’ at the West Sussex Record Office.
Taking place on Tuesday 24 September at 7pm, Martin Hayes, County Local Studies Librarian, will take the audience on a journey back to the 17th century, focusing on William Penn and his connections to West Sussex.
Penn is best known as the founder of Pennsylvania in 1681, among the most successful of all American colonies, and as a leader of the fledgling Society of Friends (Quakers).
Penn was one of the best recorded individuals of his time and quotes from original documents will help listeners understand every aspect of his life, including the impact he had on many local people across the county.
He lived for over 20 years at Warminghurst near Storrington and founded a Quaker meeting house (known as the Blue Idol) at Coolham near Billinghurst. Warrants for his arrest were made at Arundel and East Grinstead and there are other links with Bramber, Edburton, Horsham, Ifield (Crawley), Nuthurst, Shoreham, Thakeham, Wiston and Worthing.
Some of these archives will be out on display during the evening for people to see.
Tickets are £8 (£7 for current West Sussex Archive Society members) and the price includes light refreshments.
You can also find out more about William Penn on the West Sussex Record Office blog.