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February 2019

Visit to Christ’s Hospital, Horsham

28 February @ 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Christ’s Hospital, Christ's Hosiptal
Horsham, West Sussex RH13 0LJ United Kingdom
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Meet at the Hertford Centre at 1pm ready to watch the band parade (weather permitting). This will be followed by a tour of the school, conducted by current CH pupils. We conclude with a visit to the on-site museum where tea/coffee will be provided. Estimated finish time is 3.45pm. N.B. The tour involves a lot of outdoor walking. Directions:- Enter by the main gate on Christ’s Hospital Road park in the West Car Park. Reception is on the left of the car…

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March 2019

AGM at Boxgrove Village Hall

30 March @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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