West Sussex Unwrapped

Watch the film – Visit the blog – Follow the fun

Welcome to West Sussex Unwrapped – a new series that offers you an enjoyable ten-week tour of the historical, celebratory, nostalgic and downright quirky sides of our fascinating county. Starting at 12 noon on Sussex Day, 16th June, this series, brought to you by Screen Archive South East and the West Sussex Record Office, will add a new episode every Tuesday until the 18th of August. Each part will be available on Vimeo, on Facebook and on Twitter.


Delving deep into the county’s heritage this multi-media mix of archive films, historical photographs, blogs, posters from railways and seaside resorts, folksongs and rural customs, hotel records, saucy postcards and rare maps and documents from as far back as the 12th century combine together into an entertaining and illuminating experience.

From rolling Downs to sun-filled beaches our presentations traverse the county of West Sussex across the ages – encountering indomitable members of the Women’s Institute at Treemans in 1954, along with a glimpse of their famous ‘Operation Produce,’ the Goon, Harry Secombe, being greeted by nurses in Haywards Heath in 1959, the folk of Crawley dressing up for the Jubilee of George V, Kitchener’s Army poster, Selsey’s lifeboat being blessed by Bishop Bell in 1937, 19th century tithe maps, apple howling & tipteering, Bernstein in Chichester, farmers’ markets and the day when a frenzy of Morris Dancers invaded the quiet streets of Horsham in 1989. You’ll even take a train ride along forgotten pre-Beeching lines, while poring over railway posters and timetables, swinging by the Bognor Regis Show before rushing home for tea and a selection of Shippam’s paste sandwiches.

Enjoy West Sussex Unwrapped by watching the SASE film and visiting the WSRO blog every week.

Our partner, the West Sussex Record Office, looks after the historical archives of the county of West Sussex and makes them accessible for people to explore and carry out research. The Record Office takes in archives, including digital records, on a regular basis and currently holds over 8 miles of records dating back over 1200 years. They tell the fascinating story of the people, places and events in the county and provide current and future generations with a source of inspiration and an ever- growing body knowledge that is open to all.

To contact WSRO email:  records.office@westsussex.gov.uk