Research Libraries and Archives

Since 1946 West Sussex Record Office has been collecting, preserving, and providing access to unique documents relating to the history of the county of West Sussex. The eight miles of archives held by the Record Office are county-wide in scope and date back over 1200 years.

The many rich and varied collections include the great estate and family archives of the county, the Cathedral and Diocese, the Royal Sussex Regiment, the records of church and chapel, towns and villages, businesses and schools. These archives sit alongside the records of hospitals and courts, organisations and societies, personal and family papers, as well as the archives of the County Council itself. Together they tell the remarkable story of the history of West Sussex and its people from the earliest written record to the present day.

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Further information about collections, opening hours, and the Record Office's online catalogue, can be found at The Record Office also regularly blogs about collection highlights and events at