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About the West Sussex Seaside Past project

This learning resource has been created by West Sussex County Council Library Service, with the help of teachers. It is the second product of the West Sussex History Elearning Project, funded jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund (61%), WSGFL (23%) and WSCC Library Service (16%).

The first products of the West Sussex History Elearning Project was the Victorian West Sussex web pages which support teachers of History Key Stage 2.

The Moodle elearning platform has been used to develop further sets of local history resources for educational use, in particular Child Labour, Childhood & Schooling, Photography, Researching Local History, Transport, Victorians and  World War Two.


The 8 main topics covered are: Getting There, What to Wear, On the Beach, In the Water, On the Water, Piers, Holiday Camps and Souvenirs. Each topic has between 8 and 12 digital images plus Teachers' Notes. 

Mostly images were selected as resources, given the young age of the children involved in Key Stage 1. A small number of texts have been included which can be read out by teaching staff, who may also wish to distribute copies to children so that the more-able can follow what is being read. In each section we scanned images from a wide range of periods from the 19th century through to the 1970s to support the dating of photographs as a learning objective.

The Teachers' Notes, in every Topic section, give you some historical background and further information on the relevant images.

The Source Gallery has all of the above resources, plus around 50 more images, all searchable by keyword.


The content in this learning resource was researched and compiled by West Sussex County Council Library Service.


Partners in the project include the Heritage Lottery Fund, West Sussex County Council Children's Services and West Sussex County Council ICTS department.

The following organisations kindly supplied images and/or information:

  • Adur District Council
  • Arun District Council
  • Bognor Regis Town Council
  • Chichester District Council
  • Marlipins Museum (Shoreham-by-Sea)
  • Selsey Town Council
  • Worthing Borough Council
  • Worthing Museum and Art Gallery


Gill Tucker, Project Officer, West Sussex County Council Library Service
Bronwen Lloyd, West Sussex County Council Library Service
Martin Hayes, West Sussex County Council Library Service
Kate Loubser, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
David Nicholls, photographer
Cara Orpin, teacher consultant, St Mary's RC Primary School School
Alun Williams, ICTS, West Sussex County Council

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