West Sussex Unwrapped

West Sussex Unwrapped, brought to you by West Sussex Record Office and Screen Archive South East, is back for a second fun-filled series.

Premiering on Tuesday 16 February, this all new eight-part monthly series builds on the archival treats of last year and offers viewers a mix of films, photos, documents and fascinating facts on a range of West Sussex topics.

This series features:

  • a Royal visit to Crawley in 1958;
  • Women’s Suffrage in West Sussex;
  • a new, computer designed, school in Eastergate in 1970;
  • a glimpse of life at a real ‘Downton Abbey’ at Warnham Court, near Horsham;
  • Scouts, picnickers and ramblers enjoying the majesty of the South Downs;
  • Hurstpierpoint’s famous St Lawrence Fair - dating back to the 14th century;
  • Shoreham Harbour at work in the 1960s,
  • and a visit to the cinema in Haywards Heath – 1920s style.

Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “Following on from last year’s popular 10-week series, this second collaboration between the Record Office and Screen Archive South East promises to be another thrilling insight into the rich history of the county.

“I have no doubt that it will continue to capture the hearts and imagination of all who view it and will again allow us to live vicariously through the people and places we encounter in the video footage and the archives that are presented to us each month.”

Dr Frank Gray, the Director of Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton said, “The very positive relationship we have with the West Sussex Record Office demonstrates the real value of like-minded heritage organisations working together to share our collections and reveal the county’s multi-media history. At a difficult time for all of us, it’s been a real pleasure putting this series together and reflecting on so many different aspects of our past.”

A new episode will be available every month from February to September.

For more information and to watch the series, visit https://westsussexrecordofficeblog.com/west-sussex-unwrapped-21/. 

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