Project Partners

West Sussex Record Office

West Sussex Record Office holds the historic archives of the county’s heritage. We have parish, school, estate, regimental, hospital, and many more records, some of which date back over 1200 years. There is a wealth of information which can help in the search for family and local history. We are open six days a week, and the public are welcome to come in and use these records. For more details, see our website:

Many of our records are also useful for specific areas of research. We hold the Graylingwell Hospital Archive, which dates from the 1890s and includes an extensive range of records relating to patients and staff as well as the history of the buildings and the management of the hospital.  This proved to be an invaluable resource for the Graylingwell Heritage Project.

The Record Office was involved with three strands of the Project: digitising the patient case books; collecting oral histories; and indexing local newspapers. The case books run from 1897-1925, giving details of the patients’ histories and treatment. They are becoming increasingly fragile, and digitisation has ensured their preservation for the future, together with easier access for research. Digitised case books more than 100 years old are available on request in the searchroom; others will become available as they too reach this age.

The Record Office also captured oral histories from the local community, including former patients, staff, and members of the public. The Oral History Co-ordinator worked with volunteers to record, summarise and transcribe the results.

Finally, a team of volunteers combed local newspapers for articles relating to Graylingwell Hospital, and compiled a spreadsheet of their results. Work is continuing on this in order to fill in gaps, and volunteers are still required. To find out more, email

Working with partner organisations and the community has enabled the record office to be part of a unique, exciting and successful project.

University of Chichester
Located in Chichester, West Sussex, The University of Chichester prides itself on its contribution to the arts and humanities. As a student focused institution with outstanding retention rates and student satisfaction ratings, the University provides a secure and happy place for students of all ages to think, create and reflect on history, literature, the arts and communities of performance. At its heart is the vision that research and knowledge are for everyone with a passion in their subject.

The Department of History at the University of Chichester is delighted to be working with the West Sussex Record Office, Pallant House Gallery and the Chichester Community Development Trust on this project. The study of the hidden histories of the Graylingwell Hospital in Chichester supports the department's core research and teaching. The project connects directly to our students on the BA (Hons) History degree and the MA in Cultural History. Within our undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes we encourage our students to analyse key issues such as the impact of war or the history of healthcare, medicine and social reform. This is one of the reasons why our students consistently rate our undergraduate degree in History as one of the best appreciated in the country. It's also what's making the MA such a popular programme and why we're looking forward to being part of the Graylingwell Heritage Project.

The history researcher dedicated to the project is Dr Maureen Wright​

Department of History, University of Chichester
Contact: (01243) 816162​ 

Pallant House Gallery
Located in the heart of historic Chichester on the South coast, Pallant House Gallery is a unique combination of a Grade One Listed Queen-Anne townhouse and an award-winning contemporary extension, housing one of the most significant collections of Modern British art in the country.  Widely acclaimed for its innovative temporary exhibitions and pioneering Learning and Community programme which  has inclusion at its heart, the Gallery has won numerous  awards since re-opening in 2006 including the Charity Award for Arts, Culture and Heritage for its Outside In project and the Gulbenkian Prize, the largest award for arts and cultural organisations in the country.

Pallant House Gallery was first approached in 2012 by a member of the Immanuel Church at Graylingwell to discuss the idea of developing a project to capture and celebrate the history of the Graylingwell Hospital. Since then it has overseen the development and secured funding to support the development of the Heritage Lottery Fund application which has enabled to project to be realised.

Marc Steene, the Executive Director at Pallant House Gallery said:

“The Gallery is thrilled to be working in partnership with such strong and distinctive community organisations and to be delivering the arts element of the project.”

For more information visit

Chichester Community Development Trust
Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) has been established to "create a thriving and sustainable community for the benefit of all who live, work and study in the area" by:

  1. Facilitating the creation of a strong and vibrant community
  2. Encouraging a low carbon lifestyle amongst residents
  3. Promoting and support training, education and economic development activity
  4. Owning, maintaining and effectively manage endowed community land and buildings

The focus of CCDT’s initial activities are on engagement and communication with local residents at the new developments of Graylingwell Park and Roussillon Park enabling of a range of community development activities to ensure integration with the local community, and the promotion of a low carbon lifestyle. Over the coming year 2014/15 the Trust will take on a 250 year lease of a community facility at Roussillon Park and work, will create a temporary space at Graylingwell Park in the form of a timber frame building and will work with the CDC and the LLP at Graylingwell to manage the asset transfer process of the Graylingwell Chapel.

The Trust is delighted to be involved in this project and the opportunity to leadon the project has offered the Trust the chance to gain credibility in this area as well as grow, develop and become more resilient for the future whilst at the same time learning from its partners and steering panel.

The Trust is managed, evaluated and led by a lead officer has considerable experience of project management, working with a variety of partners and stakeholders and working to time and budget. The Trust has two experienced and well respected community development officers in post who have strong expertise in developing communities and bringing them together for a common purpose as well as leading on projects and delivery. A Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for the Trust and works alongside an Organisational Management Group who supports the work of the staff team.

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