West Sussex Unwrapped

A colour image of a black Berkshire Pig on show, in the main arena for the Bognor Regis Agricultural Show
Image from Countryman’s Diary (1950) – Bognor Regis Agricultural Show

Welcome to West Sussex  Unwrapped – the ten-part series that takes you deep into the collections of Screen Archive South East and the West Sussex Record Office

This week we journey back seventy years to the Bognor Regis Agricultural Show where we see a profusion of colourful blooms, including roses, begonias and delphiniums. Masses of vegetables are proudly displayed and some have even won gold medals. Out in the showground visitors amble around the various stands and watch a beauty pageant – for cattle. And lookout for an independently-minded pig – from Berkshire!


This short extract comes from a remarkable colour film called Countryman’s Diary, which was made by D J Church, a founder member of the Haywards Heath Cine Society. The film chronicles a year in the life of the West Sussex countryside. To see the whole of this lyrical and thoughtful film click HERE

Our partner, the West Sussex Record Office, has uncovered many fascinating items reflecting the county’s rural character from the 19th century to the present. These include photos of sheep-shearing at Brinsbury Farm, Pulborough’s Fat Stock Show, cider-making at Hillgrove, ploughing matches and a publicity shot for the largest tomato house in Worthing. To see these and other farming-related items click HERE