Journal & New Chichester Papers

The Society’s annual journal, Chichester History, is published in early autumn; copies are provided free of charge to members. The journal contains a wide range of articles about the Chichester district. To mark the publication of the 25th edition in 2009 an index was produced covering all issues from 1985 to 2009. A complete index covering issues 1 to 39 is now available from the download link below. We hope it will provide a valuable asset for anyone interested in, or researching, the history of the local area.

Complete sets of the journal are available for reference at the West Sussex Record Office (Orchard Street, Chichester) and in the reference section at Chichester Library (Tower Street). In addition, complete sets have been put on deposit at the Cathedral Library, the University Library and with the City Council. A copy of the journal is deposited each year with the Periodicals Collection at the British Library and made available to the Reviews Editor of the British Association of Local History.

Between 1985-2023, six editors have been responsible for the journal. Articles, whether short or longer (up to 3,000 words) and accompanied by relevant images, are always welcome for possible inclusion in future volumes. To contact the current editor please email:

From 2010, and in conjunction with the University of Chichester, the Society has published the New Chichester Papers, returning to an initiative started in 1955 by Chichester City Council of publishing a series of Chichester Papers exploring in more detail aspects of the history of the city. The original Chichester Papers ran until 1965. A new Paper is usually published each year. Details of the Papers can be found on the Shopping Page. The Editor is Alan Green. Potential writers are invited to discuss their ideas with the Editor for papers of the order of 6,000 - 12,000 words in length.

Download our Online Index

Our online index can be downloaded using the link above.

The index follows the pattern set for Chichester History 1-25 published in 2009 and bound as Volume One (issues 1 – 12) and Volume Two (issues 13 – 25). A third volume, containing issues 26 -34 and index will be produced in January 2024 and a fourth in 2025 containing issues 35 -40.

The online index covers Chichester History 1 – 39 and it is planned to bind this index to include issue 40, with the 4th volume in the Chichester History series.

The reason for posting the index online now is to encourage its use and to invite users to make any comments, criticisms, proposals to the Committee using the CLHS email address:

In doing this the index will be improved and strengthened before it is bound into the fourth volume. The ambition of the Committee is that users will gain ease of access to the scholarship, variety and breadth of writing on Chichester contained within Chichester History, appreciate the work of its many contributors and be stimulated to undertake further research.