Join our research team and learn how to learn about the past!
Graylingwell Hospital was originally known as the West Sussex County Asylum and was designed in 1894 by renowned church architect Sir Arthur Blomfield. The asylum was built in order to address an increasing need for such an institution by the rural poor and pauper population in the west portion of Sussex. Through the research aspect of the project, it is hoped that volunteers from the community might explore the documentary evidence that still exists as it relates to the early period of the institution under the expert guidance of the Community Historian. Along with learning about the heritage of the hospital, research volunteers will also learn and develop research skills, interpretation skills, presentation skills and how the uncovered data might feed into the community identity of Chichester.