Research and Buildings

  • 10am-4pm The course This day is made up of four elements: looking at basic sources for family history research; errors lies and misinformation; how data in your research can be used to create a map of the counties and parishes where your ancestors have lived; basic DNA for family historians on the DNA tests available... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course During this day we will explore methods used for the selected trades that can be applied to other trades.  We will consider brickmakers and other trades on the brickfields; trade sources – methods to research trades using examples for brickmakers and calico printers. Then ratcatchers – more than vermin destroyers, 19th century... (more info)
  • Deciphering old documentsSaturday 29 June 2019
    10am-4pm The course This workshop helps beginners and those with a small amount of knowledge, to read 16th and 17th century handwriting, and is helpful for later palaeography as well.  It is useful for family and local historians.  The course takes the participants through wills, inventories, registers, deeds and even the mystery of the suet... (more info)
  • Bayleaf Tudor Farmstead
    10am-4.30pm The course The earliest-recorded slur on Chichester’s name dates from the 12th century, when the chronicler Richard of Devizes called it a ‘mere village’.  Was he right?  This course explores the history and development of Chichester and its people from the Norman Conquest to the end of the Tudor era, and will give participants... (more info)
  • Elizabethan SussexSunday 29 September 2019
    10am-4pm The course This day course gives a feel to what it was like to live in Sussex five hundred years ago.  We will talk about the great houses, and the people who lived in them, and what that was like.  We will look at the landscape around them, what the towns were like, and... (more info)
  • 10am-4.30pm The course This day course looks at the documentary evidence for the history of houses, with an emphasis on what it can tell us about their social history. It will introduce participants to the sources and to some of the ways in which you can explore the history of the development of  your house,... (more info)