Royal Sussex Regiment Heritage Project

Closed 20 May 2018

Opened 14 Apr 2018


The Royal Sussex Regiment (RSR) had its origins with the 35th Foot in 1701 and served our country for nearly three centuries until it was amalgamated in 1966.

The regimental archives – one of the finest collections relating to a county regiment in the UK – are held by West Sussex Record Office in Chichester. There are more than 30,000 items, including nominal rolls, enlistment books, battalion orders, unit war diaries, service papers, personal diaries, correspondence, photographs, audio-visual material, newspaper cuttings, regimental journals and printed books. However, only 28% of the collection has been catalogued and so the majority of this material is inaccessible.

The Royal Sussex Regimental Museum has another 9,000 items including paintings, medals, uniforms, badges, weapons, musical instruments and silver plate. These objects are now in temporary storage since they left The Redoubt Museum in Eastbourne in 2016 and are therefore inaccessible.

We will shortly be submitting a major bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding providers to support a Royal Sussex Regiment Heritage Project. The project will seek to make the archives and objects more accessible to the public through a programme of cataloguing, conservation, digitisation, outreach and learning activities, planned to start in early 2020.

We would like to gather your views to inform our project.

What Happens Next

Your comments are very important to us and we are committed to listening to your suggestions. All responses received during the survey period will be analysed and the results used to inform the project.


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