The dark history of Chichester’s Smugglers’ Stone

[This story was published on May 19 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at] Have you seen Chichester’s Smugglers’ Stone? It’s located down Broyle Road, close to Roussillon Park. You may have even walked past it without realising what it is. It’s got a dark and fascinating history – the Smugglers’ Stone was […]

Knitting, Lunacy Laws and the hunt for Patient Publications: Doing a PhD in the Medical Humanities

[This story was published on January 20 on Read the original story at]   Welcome! For my first blog, I thought I’d give you a little overview of who I am and what my research entails. My name’s Emily, I’m 24, and I’m a postgraduate researcher with the School of English at the University of […]

Prisons and philately: Norfolk Island commemorated

As part of my job, I spend some time every week in Chichester’s West Sussex Record Office, trailing through the newspaper archives to find interesting stories and pictures from yonder year. The further you go back through the years in old local newspapers, there’s often greater quantities of unintentional hilarity, cringe-worthy displays of sexism in advertising, […]