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Shepherd at Salvington, 1912

Shepherd at Salvington, 1912

West Sussex Archive

A fantastic selection of historic photographs featuring West Sussex has been preserved for future generations.

The Walter Gardiner Collection, which is in the care of the County Library Service, contains 116,000 historic photographs of West Sussex.  They say it's the finest and largest collection they have ever acquired.

In fact it's so large that it has tripled their existing collection overnight and they are now looking for volunteers to help organise it.

A sheep-washer at Burpham, 1908

A sheep-washer at Burpham, 1908

The archive gives us a glimpse into many aspects of life in the county from the late 19th century. It includes photos of streets and buildings from Worthing and surrounding towns and villages from the 1880s to 1945.

There are scenes from the countryside of shepherds, sheep-washers and wood-cutters taken just before these traditional occupations died out. 

A series of images show early types of planes and pilots at Shoreham less than a decade after the Wright brothers' first flight in 1903.

There are also some very rare photographs showing Worthing during the Second World War.

The collection began with Walter Gardiner who bought an established photographic studio in the area in 1894.  Three generations of the Gardiner family ran the business over the years. 

The Library Service acquired the photos from the current owners and hope to put the collection on the web so that future generations can enjoy these historic pictures.

You can see more photos on Worthing Library's Past Pictures website.

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