We have a range of maps, sales particulars, local directories, local history books and photographs that may be helpful in conducting family or local history research and can be accessed by appointment.
Please note that we do not hold records for births, deaths and marriages, censuses or parish records, and cannot conduct research on your behalf. If we are not able to assist in your research we will try and point you in the right direction.
Please use the lists of useful links on this page to help you in your research.
Our collections are available to view by appointment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment at least a week in advance.
We are not generally able to respond to on-the-day questions.
Researching family history
- We highly recommend making the West Sussex Record Office your first port of call when conducting research into your family history.
- View a list of useful family history books available in local libraries
- Sussex Family History Group
- West Sussex Libraries: Family History websites list
- West Sussex Records Office: Family History sources
Researching the history of your home
The West Sussex Records Office has produced a number of useful documents outlining how to research the history of your house. The museum’s collection of maps, manuscripts and sales particulars may also be useful resources and can be consulted on request.
Please follow the Portable Antiquities Scheme Code of Practice if you are metal detecting.
Local history societies
There are a number of active local history groups and societies across West Sussex. Below are current links to the websites of various groups.
- Ardingly History Society
- Beeding and Bramber Local History Society
- Billingshurst Community Partnership
- Cowfold Village History Society
- Nuthurst Society
- Horsham Geological Field Club
- Horsham District Archaeological Group
- Horsham Society
- Pulborough Society
- Rudgwick Preservation Society
- Sussex Archaeological Society
- The Warnham Society
- The Wey and Arun Canal Trust