Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn] Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre! Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer […]

Tales from the Archives: Unearthing an iron foundry

[This story was published on September 8 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/nostalgia-fernhurst-iron-foundry-unearthed-1-7562966.] [All images: West Sussex Record Office] A fascinating history was unearthed at Fernhurst in 1989. Historical remains tracing the local iron industry in the 16th century were unearthed by a team of archaeologists. Experts were uncovering and cleaning up […]

Volunteers help unearth woodland’s secrets

[This story was published on August 11 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/volunteers-help-unearth-woodland-s-secrets-1-7518115] [All images: South Downs National Park Authority] Volunteers working on a project revealing the secrets of the ancient woods of West Sussex have spoken about their experiences unearthing the fascinating history of the South Downs. Secrets of the High […]

Tales from the Archives: 8th Century Burial Ground Unearthed in Chichester

This story was published on July 14 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/nostalgia-burial-ground-unearthed-in-chichester-1-7474792.] [All images: West Sussex Record Office] A discovery of ‘international importance’ was made in Chichester in 1983. A 1,500 year old burial ground containing hundeds of graves was unearthed on farmland near the city. Archaeologists described the find as […]

So you think you know The Trundle?

This story was published on June 2 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/so-you-think-you-know-the-trundle-1-7412607] [SDNPA guided archaeology walk for volunteers from Secrets of the High Woods on the Trundle Picture: SDNPA] New light has been shed on one of the best known landmaks in the South Downs National Park, thanks to the […]

Volunteers’ experiences on Secrets of the High Woods

[This story was published on May 26 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/volunteers-experiences-on-secrets-of-the-high-woods-1-7398206.] To mark National Volunteers’ Week, the team behind a South Downs National Park heritage project has spoken about the important work done by the project’s volunteers. Secrets of the High Woods explores the history of the ancient woods of […]