This image appears at the top of all pages. An historic view of people on a beach with 3 insets - one of a historic manuscript, one of a set of books, one of some teddy bears
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Welcome to West Sussex Past Gateway, the best place to start researching the County’s rich heritage and history.

Search over 2 million records from 29 heritage databases simultaneously, provided by 14 heritage information organisations, including the County Library Service, County Record Office, museums, societies and universities.

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West Sussex Past Pictures is a web-based database created by the West Sussex County Library Service with the support of 7 major museums in the County. Over 8,000 of the best images from their collections may be searched for and viewed online. Click this link to find out more.

Sample image from the West Sussex Past Pictures database - Shoreham Harbour (1823)

"Shoreham Harbour (1823)"

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