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West Sussex Local Studies Collection in Worthing Library

Worthing Library houses the County Local Studies Collections for West Sussex County Library Service. Over 100,000 printed items about Sussex, past, present and future are available for research. Special collections include: rare books and pamphlets from the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries; maps from 1575, newspapers from 1746, posters, property sale catalogues and printed ephemera from Victorian times to date. Of outstanding importance is the County Photograph and Pictures collection which has images of West Sussex from the 1640s to the present, and is now available [in part] on the web at www.westsussexpast. org.uk/pictures.

Location Details
West Sussex Local Studies Collection in Worthing Library
Richmond Road
West Sussex BN11 1HD
Tel: 01903 704809
Link to map (which opens in a new window)

The library has a ramp and a lift to the first floor.
Opening Times
Monday to Friday
9.00 –19.30
9.00 –17.00



Andrew Hunter
The Lalla Rookh Project: A Poetic Archive
4 October – 27 November 2004
Library windows Late October through November
A poetic memorial to the 'Brave Eleven', a group of fishermen who tragically drowned in the attempt to come to the aid of the ship Lalla Rookh on 25 November 1850.
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Simon Pope
A Walk from London to Worthing
4 October – 27 November 2004
A journey through the collections of the library, inspired by 19th century ‘route-planners’ and guidebooks of the trip from London to Worthing.
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Mah Rana
A First Class Ticket For Worthing
4 October – 27 November 2004
Mah Rana inherits a fictional piece of jewellery from her great great aunt Mary Garnett in 1901 and discovers threads of history and connections that spread around the world.
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Other Projects


Jason E Bowman

Untitled (Reading)
Worthing Library at 2pm on the 27th
An exploration of how the thoughts, actions and opinions of individual and collective stories of local history and heritage come to represent civic culture.
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Sally O'Reilly & Cathy Haynes of Implicasphere
A Three–Fold Yarn
Free. Pick up a copy from any of the three main venues.
Derived from a game in which players find connections between facts and fables to create unexpected lines of association A Three Fold Yarn reveals facts and fictions that add a new layer of meaning to Navigating History and to the libraries' collections.
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Talks and Events

Navigating the Commissions
with artist Jonathan Swain
16 October 2004, 14.00
Local Studies Area, Worthing Library

Join us for a fascinating voyage among the inspirational ideas behind the Navigating History projects.
Free. Booking advised on 01903 704809 or at the enquiry desk.

Meanings and Attachments
21 October 2004, 12.00 18.00
Main Foyer of Worthing Library
Mah Rana invites you to be part of Meanings and Attachments. All you need to do is wear a piece of jewellery that holds special meaning for you and Mah Rana will record your memories and stories for the exhibition.

A Walk from London to Worthing
21 October 2004, 17.30 for 45 mins

Local Studies Area of Worthing Library
Take a walk with the artist
Simon Pope delving in and out of his project round the library.

A Navigating History Evening with Andrew Hunter and Cynthia Harrod Eagle
25 November 2004, 19.00
Worthing Library

An evening with the Canadian artist and writer behind the Lalla Rookh Project and the author of the Moorland Dynasty series, the internationally acclaimed Bill Slider Mysteries and Emily. Both Andrew Hunter and Cynthia Harrod-Eagle mix historical fact and fiction to weave great yarns and create fantastic voyages, join us to hear readings and stories about their writing and work.
Booking advised on 01903 704809 or at the enquiry desk.

Words, Waves and Wrecks
Saturday 27 November 2004, Worthing Library
A family event of seafaring tales celebrating the
Lalla Rookh Project.
10.30 - 12.00
Storytelling workshop for 5 - 11 year olds with Rhonda and David Armitage, author and illustrator of the Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch
and many other children's books. Book on 01903 704 8089 or at the Library enquiry desk.
13.00 -14.30 Join storyteller Glen Redman on a walk on Worthing Seafront as he tells the Tale of the Lalla Rookh with songs and sea shanties. For
all the family. Meet at Worthing Library.
Free. Booking advised on 01903 704 8089 or at the enquiry desk.


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