Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Share your seaside memories for West Sussex film

Elderly people have the chance to reminisce and share their memories of West Sussex in a new history project from Screen Archive South East – after it was awarded more than £42,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The film archive, which works closely with Chichester’s Record Office to store and preserve nearly 8,000 old movies of south east England, will be showcasing the county’s seaside towns using never before seen footage.

Starting this summer pensioners living in Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor and Shoreham-by-Sea will be able to take part in a series of oral history open days and archive screenings.

The project, called Movies and Memories, will use old newsreels and home videos taken between 1930 and 1960 capturing the region’s past to help inspire their memories.

Elaine Sheppard, Collections Development manager, said: “This project will make use of a fascinating collection of locally made films of everyday life in West Sussex.

“We will be holding a number of reminiscence sessions across the county to record the memories of elderly groups by using our collection as a catalyst.”

A film of the project, which will take up to one year to make, will then be shared with community groups, schools and libraries.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader who oversees the Record Office, said: “This project will preserve the memories of those strongly connected with our county so they can be shared with future generations for years to come.

“This is a great opportunity to open the history books with old footage that until now has never been made available to the public.”

For more information about the project visit the Screen Archive South East website on: www.brighton.ac.uk/screenarchive or call: 01273 643 213. Alternatively you can find out more on the West Sussex Record Office at: www.westsussex.gov.uk/recordoffice.