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Wartime West Sussex 1939-45

Further research

For a comprehensive guide to archival and printed sources on the war as it affected West Sussex, including information on the County Record Office, local museums and public library sources.

The County Council Library Service has over 100 books for loan or reference, plus many magazine articles, related to the Second World War in West Sussex.

Below is a list of books on VE Day and World War II, which can be borrowed from West Sussex public libraries.

Our Schools Library Service has multiple copies of hundreds of books for loan to schools on World War II.

Supporting documents

Museums in West Sussex hold objects and photographs related to the war and most local towns, and some villages, have museums. Find out what's available, by visiting our museums directory page.

A unique online archive of 19th and early 20th century posters seen in the Horsham area, plus learning resources for use in the classroom can be found by visiting Horsham Posters.

The National Archives holds British government and military records as well as British Army Unit War Diaries, Cabinet papers and Allied Expeditionary Force papers. They also have resources on Theatres of War in their educational area of the site.

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Other learning resources for schools

Since 2006 West Sussex County Library Service has been creating online packages of resources on the history of West Sussex, aimed at teachers of KS1,2 and 3. Nearly 3,000 resources on 9 local history topics can be downloaded and printed for classroom use, free of charge.

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Air Raid Shelter, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing, c1944
Royal Navy personnel examine an unexploded sea mine
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