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March 2019

AGM at Boxgrove Village Hall

30 March 2019 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Boxgrove Village Hall, The Street
Boxgrove, West Sussex PO18 0EE United Kingdom
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The subject of the afternoon’s talk is Boxgrove Priory. English Heritage is responsible for the priory and I am very pleased to announce that our speaker in the afternoon will be Samantha Stones, the English Heritage Properties Curator for the South of England. MEMBERS will receive AGM details including booking slips and nomination forms for positions on the committee during February. NON-MEMBERS are very welcome to attend the talk in the afternoon on Boxgrove Priory at a cost of £8…

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April 2019

Historic Maps of West Sussex

13 April 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1DB United Kingdom
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Come and explore the rich and varied map collections at the Record Office which date from the late 16th century to the present day. Find out about the different types of maps and plans and how to use them. The workshop will include a session looking at original archives in the Searchroom.    10.00 – 10.30  Coffee 10.30 – 10.40  Introduction 10.40 – 11.15    OS Maps and Sales Particular plans 11.15 – 11.45     Early printed maps 11.45 –…

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May 2019

Sussex Military Heritage: Exploring the Royal Sussex Regiment in the Archives 1701-1966

20 May 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1DB United Kingdom
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West Sussex Archives Society in partnership with the Friends of The National Archives This is a one day symposium focussing on the collections and research from The National Archives and West Sussex Record Office. Members of both organisations will be able to come together to find out more about the national and local archives, the military history of the county and the rich and varied heritage of the Royal Sussex Regiment. A series of RSR archives and museum objects will be on display during the day. We will…

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June 2019

A Tour of ‘Bognor – West of the Pier’

15 June 2019 @ 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Bognor Pier, Bognor Regis Pier
Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1SY United Kingdom
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Led by Sue Millard, this is the second of two Bognor walks. Starting from the pier and meandering west, we will be looking at buildings and learning more about the development of Bognor. For example - why was the opening of the pier in 1865 delayed! Once again, Susan will guide us using information supplied by Ron Iden from his extensive research Meet at the pier at 1:45pm for a 2pm start. There are a number of car parks within…

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July 2019

A Voyage on the Chichester Ship Canal

20 July 2019 @ 2:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Chichester Canal Basin, Canal Basin, Canal Wharf
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 8DT United Kingdom
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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Our canal boat (The Richmond) departs at 2:30pm, so please gather at the Canal Basin by 2:15pm at the absolute latest. Parking is limited in the Canal Basin area so it may be better to use one of Chichester's many car parks and arrive at the Canal Basin on foot. If the weather should be poor, we can use the café run by the Canal Trust, where there is seating. There are…

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September 2019

Annual Conference – Sussex 1635-1665 – The Impact of the Civil Wars and Interregnum

28 September 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Council House, North Street
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1LQ United Kingdom
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We very much hope that you will join us for this event. Although the venue is larger than usual, we expect there to be a lot of interest and early booking is advised. Tea and coffee will be available from 9:30am. The conference beings at 10am.     PROGRAM OF EVENTS Introduction by Andrew Foster Andrew Foster is an ecclesiastical historian who has published widely on bishops, clergy, cathedrals, dioceses and parishes c.1540-1700.  Formerly Director of Research at the University…

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October 2019

Ahead of Her Time: An Illustrated Talk by Eileen Colwell

26 October 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Harriet Johnson Centre, Loose Lane
Sompting, West Sussex BN15 0BG United Kingdom
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At a meeting held in the very building where Harriet Johnson taught, local historian Eileen Colwell draws on national and local archives to illustrate the career of this remarkable teacher. Refreshments will be provided for after the talk. From 1897 to 1910, a small Sussex village achieved national acclaim (and some international recognition) because of the innovative teaching of Harriet Johnson, headteacher of Sompting School. While most Victorian schoolchildren sat silently at their desks, learning lessons by rote and being…

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December 2019

WSAS Christmas Get-Together

7 December 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1DB United Kingdom
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For WSAS members and their guests To be held at the West Sussex Record Office from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The event is free but we need to know numbers so please complete a booking form.  Places are limited so early application is advised. Mince pies, coffee, wine, a look at recently acquired documents, short talks on West Sussex history and a chance to ask those questions you have been itching to ask the County Archivist, Wendy Walker. Talks: During the…

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February 2020

Escape and Evasion: French Napoleonic Prisoners of War in Hampshire

15 February @ 2:30 pm - 4:15 pm
St Boltoph’s Church Room, Lansdowne Road
Worthing, West Sussex BN11 4LY United Kingdom
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During the Napoleonic Wars many thousands of French prisoners of war were held in Hampshire, on board the hulks in Portsmouth harbour, at Portchester Castle and Forton prisons, and in the parole depots such as Odiham and Alresford. But not all prisoners were content to wait for either exchange or the wars to end and escapes were planned and attempted. We are familiar with the escape stories from World War Two but these from two hundred years ago are just…

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March 2020

AGM at Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre

28 March @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

As a result of the government's latest guidelines, it has been decided to cancel the WSAS AGM on Saturday 28th March 2020. The next AGM will be held on 27th March 2021.    

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