Delve Into History At Record Office Talks

Delve Into History At Record Office Talks

The role of dogs in the First World War, vintage films and a romantic novelist are some of the subjects covered in a series of evening talks at West Sussex County Council’s Record Office in Chichester. The talks will explore the centre’s vast collections of documents, photographs and film which date from 780 AD to the present day.

Anna Eliza BrayOn 24 November, the focus will be on the literary world with a talk on the Victorian novelist Anna Eliza Bray. She had connections with a number of famous writers, including Sir Walter Scott and the Poet Laureate Robert Southey, and two of his children lived at West Tarring. The title of the talk is ‘A Peep at the Pixies’: exploring the life and literary archive of Anna Eliza Bray (1790-1883).

Guest speaker Dr Frank Gray will give a talk on 26 January 2016 about the work of Screen Archive South East, drawing on film from the collections stored at the Record Office.

On 23 February, there will be a talk on the project to open up the archives of the Chichester Festival Theatre. The focus on Chichester will continue with an illustrated talk on 29 March entitled ‘Chichester in the 1950s’.

On 26 April, guest speaker Emma White will talk about the British use of dogs during the First World War. And, on 28 June, retired County Archivist Alan Readman will return to give a talk on ‘West Sussex and the Battle of the Somme’ to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the infamous battle on the Western Front in 1916.

Assistant County Archivist Matthew Jones said: “Our talks are proving to be as popular as ever this year so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to organise another interesting programme. We’ve got some excellent speakers lined up and I hope people will come along to find out more about the county’s rich history.”

  • The talks start at 7.00pm.
  • Tickets cost £7.50 each (pre-booking is essential) and refreshments will be provided.

To book or find out more, contact the Record Office on 01243 753602 or visit Orchard Street, Chichester, PO19 1DD.

Alternatively, visit and view the ‘What’s on at the Record Office’ page.