Fernhurst Society archives and oral history project
The Fernhurst Archives operate under the auspices of the Fernhurst Society. The Archives hold documents and other objects of interest relating to Fernhurst (and formerly ‘Farnhurst’), Kingsley Green, Henley and Verdley, in West Sussex, southern England.
Items are catalogued, stored and conserved for posterity and study. The holdings include old maps, manuscripts and diaries, photographs, press cuttings and audio tapes of oral testimonies about the people, events, local clubs and other organisations in the locality. These are useful for those interested in local and regional British history and heritage, local traditions and customs, and West Sussex family history and genealogy.
The Fernhurst Society Oral History group is undertaking taped interviews of villagers in Fernhurst Parish. So far over 60 interviews have been made on cassette. The original cassette recordings are archived in the West Sussex Record Office. Copies of each recording on cassette, on audio CD, and as mp3 files on CD-ROM, are lodged in the Fernhurst Archives.
Thanks to a grant from the Local Heritage Initiative we have produced a book and a new website, and in December 2007 we held an exhibition capturing memories of Fernhurst over the past 100 years. Ultimately it is hoped that we will have some 70-80 completed interviews.