Revised Lecture Programme as of January 2021

Click on the link to read Alan’s latest update on the forthcoming lectures. All the information is contained in his inspiring latest work: The Provisional Lecture Programme ~ the Covid edition

Programme for 2020-21 Covid update edition

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Otter Memorial paper available

Last month volume 36 (the last volume) of the Otter Memorial Papers was published by the University of Chichester. This series, which contains many contributions from past and present CLHS members, was produced by the late Professor Paul Foster  from 1988 until his death in 2014. At that time this final volume was left locked within his computer and so Rachel Moriarty, who co-edited the volume in his memory, contacted all those who had contributed papers to him and managed to gather together their submissions to recreate this last, until then lost, volume. It stands as a fine memorial to his hard work and dedication to the series.

It is available for purchase at St Olave’s Christian Bookshop on North Street.

Heritage Open Days ~ Properties and events in Chichester 2019

Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries at for last-minute changes.


Chichester Cathedral, West Street, Chichester, West Sussex. PO191RP

Areas of the Cathedral normally closed to the public will be open to visitors. The Song School located high up in the Cathedral’s triforium ~ come and discover its secret chamber! The Cathedral Library and the Bishop’s private chapel.

Opening Times: Saturday 21st September 11.00-14.00

Booking Details: Pre-booking: Not applicable

Graylingwell Chapel Open Day

Graylingwell Chapel, Graylingwell Park, Chichester, West Sussex PO196BZ

FREE Heritage Open Day – the doors to the historic Graylingwell Chapel will be open for one day only! Tours, talks and information about Graylingwell Chapel and the history of the former Graylingwell Hospital.

Opening Times: Saturday 21st September 10am – 1pm

Booking Details: Pre-booking: Not applicable

Smugglers, floods, steam trains and other stories

RSPB Pagham Harbour, Selsey Road, Sidlesham, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 7NE

A gentle guided walk discovering Pagham Harbour’s rich historical heritage.

Opening Times: Sunday 15th September: Guided Walk 10.00 – 13.30 (the reserve is open 24 hours)

Booking Details: Pre-booking: Required

St Mary’s Hospital

St Mary’s Hospital, St Martin’s Square, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1NR

Medieval hospital still in use as an almshouse for elderly residents with little financial means. Also a large garden and refreshments will be available.

Opening Times: Saturday 14th September 09.00 – 17.00

Booking Details: Pre-booking: Not applicable

For the information of our members: Annual Conference of the West Sussex Archives Society [WSAS]

When?: 28 September 10:00 – 16:00

Where?:Council House North Street Chichester

Cost: £25 non-members of WSAS, £20 members of WSAS

Booking Form: download at

The topic: Sussex 1635-1665 The Impact of the Civil Wars and Interregnum

Introduction: Dr. Andrew Foster

Living in Arundel and Chichester during the Civil Wars: Dr Danae Tankard and Dr. Carol Adams

Religious conflicts in Sussex during and after the Civil Wars: Dr. Fiona McCall

Delinquency and Sequestration: The Winton Estate 1642-1647: Dr. Janet Pennington

“The Last Act”: Charles II’s flight through Sussex after Worcester flight: John Sutton

New version of Pevsner hits the shelves.

Any readers of the ‘Chichester Observer’ for May 30th will have seen an article about the updated Pevsner guide to Sussex (now divided into two volumes, East and West). The West Sussex volume is now on sale and is a wonderful resource for all those interested in the area. Furthermore it is of particular interest to CLHS members as Alan Green, Programme Secretary, official sound level checker at all meetings and author of several works on Chichester, was asked to contribute towards the volume and, of course, did so.
A discount code to allow the purchase of this volume will be appearing shortly on this blog, thanks to our Chairman.

Chichester D-Day 75th Commemoration

21st May 18:30 The Novium “D-Day Aviation in West Sussex” Ken Rimell

Tickets available from The Novium

28th May 19:00 West Sussex Records Office “D-Day 75: West Sussex” Alan Readman

Tickets available from West Sussex Records Office

4th June 17:30 University of Chichester featuring talks from:

  • Julie & Nigel Peachey, “Reliving D-Day in the Tangmere Ops Room
  • Dudley Hooley (Tangmere) “10 Things you didn’t know about D-Day
  • Prof. Clive Webb (Sussex) “Occupied Sussex: The American Presence during the Second World War
  • Ben Blackwood (Chichester) “How RAF Tangmere Prepared for D-Day
  • Dr. Andrew Smith (Chichester) “Ten year on: the 1954 D-Day Commemoration in Normandy
  • Dr. Alwyn Turner (Chichester) “Jugglers at the Cenotaph: the 50th anniversaries of D-Day/VE Day

9th June New Park Cinema, Screening of “The Longest Day” (1962) Time to be confirmed

Tickets New Park Cinema