About Us

The West Sussex Archives Society (WSAS) meets once a month, except in January and August – usually, but not always, on the second Saturday afternoon of the month. There are two one-day workshops a year, held at the Record Office and run by archivists from the Record Office. The annual conference is held for a full day in Autumn. The May meeting is shared with FOTKA (Friends of The Keep Archives) and is held in either county alternately. Our AGM is held in March, and usually includes lunch and a speaker. The December meeting is a Christmas Get Together, held in West Sussex Record Office in Chichester, and includes wine and mince pies. Other meetings consist of lectures, walks and the occasional canal trip. There is usually a nominal charge for meetings.

The Society is run by a small committee, and we are always looking for new members. We meet at the Record Office every other month, on a Thursday from 5-7pm. The committee consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Newsletter and Website Editor, Journal Editor and other elected members.

WSAS was founded in 1973 as a registered charity (number 266997). Lord Egremont is President of the Society.

Aims of the Society

  • To arouse and stimulate interest in historical records and increase awareness of the need for their preservation
  • To assist in the work of West Sussex Record Office by fund-raising, working parties and any other means
  • To seek out material of historical interest and persuade owners to ensure its preservation
  • To arrange outings, lectures and other activities to foster interest in the history of West Sussex

Member Research

Do you have any research on West Sussex history that we could publish? WSAS welcomes the submission of material for inclusion in future editions of its journal, West Sussex History. Ideally, full-length papers should be no more than 1,000 words; shorter research notes and articles are just as welcome. Contact the society, or leave a note at the Record Office reception, and we will contact you.

How to Become a Member

There is a simple form to complete, that is available to download on the Membership page.