Uncovering the history of Arundel Gallery Trail

[This story was originally published in the August 2018 edition of etc magazine.] Emily Jessica Turner speaks to a trail team member who has been exploring the history of the town’s longrunning celebration of creativity The oldest walking art trail in the world, Arundel Gallery Trail celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. To mark this […]

Tales from the Archive: The ‘Mermaid of Bognor’

[This story was first published online in the Bognor Observer on July 26, 19, 2018. The original story can be read here: bognor.co.uk/news/remembering-the-mermaid-of-bognor-1-8576908.] Did you know that Bognor Regis once had its very own mermaid? An article was published by the Observer in October, 1987, following a woman who took a trip down memory lane by […]

Hidden histories and family drama: a review of Loves, Lives, and Letters

[This story was published on July 24, 2018, on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/hidden-histories-and-family-drama-review-of-lives-loves-and-letters.] – Lives, Loves and Letters: The Goring Family of Wiston, Sussex, 1743-1905 is a book with a peculiar origin story. The publication came about following the discovery of a wooden box, labelled Wiston Estate, containing nearly 400 letters, […]

Lives, Loves, Letters

Five women uncover a house’s fascinating past through a family’s letters. Emily Jessica Turner finds out more [This story was originally published in the May 2018 edition of etc magazine.] “We never imagined we could do something like this,” says Janine Harvey. The Steyning based typist is a member of a five-strong team of ladies, […]

The hidden history of fake mermaids

    When we think of mermaids, we might expect magical, long haired sirens, possibly accompanied by a Jamaican crab. But ‘real’ mermaids, the ones that can be found behind glass at museums and galleries in the UK, have claws, sharp teeth, and hollow eyes. For lovers of eccentric history, folklore, hoaxes and taxidermy, the […]

Actress, suffragette, princess: the story of the forgotten Russian royal

[This is an updated version of a story produced for the Shoreham Herald.] She was a freedom fighter, celebrated actress and fashion icon, a scandalous royal and a groundbreaking theatre manager – so why is the infamous Lydia Yavorska, the Princess Bariatinsky, virtually unknown today? A dedicated suffragette, Lydia was a humanitarian activist who helped […]

Tales from the Archive: The Seal Road bungalow poltergeist

[This story was published on February 7 in the Observer series. Read the original story at https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/nostalgia-the-seal-road-bungalow-poltergeist-1-8369726.] There were ‘queer things’ happening in Seal Road in February, 1958, reported the Observer. A Selsey bungalow to be let that summer had one extra amenity which was not advertised – a ghost. It had been haunting The Fairings, […]