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Photo of Professor Brian M. Short, Ph.D.Professor Brian M. Short, Ph.D.PresidentBrian Short is Emeritus Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Sussex. He is the author of many works dealing with the historical environment and rural society of Sussex and with the evaluation of historical sources relating to rural life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Photo of C.Roger DaveyC.Roger DaveyVice PresidentA professional archivist all his working life, Roger Davey was County Archivist of East Sussex from 1981 to 2002. He has been a member of the Council of the Society since 1981, and its Chairman since 2001, and has edited two of its volumes.

 L.G. LloydVice President

Photo of Peter M. WilkinsonPeter M. WilkinsonVice PresidentPeter Wilkinson was Secretary of the Sussex Record Society from 1981 until 2010 and spent 35 years of his career as an archivist at West Sussex Record Office where he was Deputy County Archivist when he retired in 2005.

Photo of Wendy WalkerWendy WalkerChairpersonWendy Walker is the County Archivist of West Sussex. She graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA in Archaeology and History in 1976 and began her career as an archivist at the Essex Record Office. She moved to Lewes in 1993 and worked at the East Sussex Record Office as an archivist, records manager and latterly as the Programme Manager for The Keep until 2013.

 Dr W. PilfoldTreasurer

Photo of Richard MartinRichard MartinSecretaryRichard was born in Chichester. He graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1993 with a BA in Geography. He also holds a Certificate in Local History (1996) and an MA in Human Geography (1998) from the University of Sussex. Richard lives in Worthing and works for West Sussex County Council.

Photo of A.W. Foster, D.Phil., F.R. Hist.S.A.W. Foster, D.Phil., F.R. Hist.S.Literary DirectorDr Andrew Foster was formerly Director of Research at the University of Chichester and is now an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kent and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton. He is an ecclesiastical historian of the early modern British Church, a former Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society, and currently Chairman of the Committee for Public History of the Historical Association.  He has served as Literary Director of the Sussex Record Society since 1985.

Photo of Dr Sarah WebsterDr Sarah WebsterLiterary DirectorDr Sarah Webster's research interests are in eighteenth and nineteenth century estate improvement, and in the potential professionalism of those involved in this: engineers, surveyors, geologists and land agents. She has published in 'Rural History', and has focused on the Petworth House Archives for her research to date.

Photo of J. BleachJ. BleachCouncil Member

Photo of Philip ByePhilip ByeCouncil MemberPhilip Bye is the senior archivist in charge of public services at East Sussex Record Office where he has worked for the last 18 years.

Photo of Brian D. CutlerBrian D. CutlerCouncil MemberBrian Cutler, a retired psychiatrist and health service manager, is Chairman of the Sussex Family History Group and an amateur local historian.

Photo of Mrs Annabelle F. Hughes, Ph.D.Mrs Annabelle F. Hughes, Ph.D.Council MemberAnnabelle Hughes is a professional historian with a special interest in vernacular buildings. She has lived in Horsham since 1970 and has nearly twenty years' experience of recording and researching buildings in Sussex. Apart from commissioned research on individual properties, she is happy to offer her particular skills towards the work of local historians. Her publications include:
  • M.A. dissertation (1983) - An examination of the Horsham Church-wardens' Accounts 1610-1642; one man's incumbency.
  • D.Phil. thesis (1989) - The evolution and ownership of timber-framed houses within the old parish and market catchment area of Horsham c 1300-1650; a socio-economic study. (2 vols.)

Photo of Peter J. MacleodPeter J. MacleodCouncil MemberRetired telecomms/internet/computing executive with a keen interest in local history.

Photo of Dr Janet PenningtonDr Janet PenningtonCouncil MemberJanet Pennington, born in the county, is an independent researcher with a degree in the architectural and social history of early-modern Sussex inns and taverns. She was the archivist at Lancing College, and also taught local history and palaeography for the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sussex. She is an active member of the Wealden Buildings Study Group and is the historian of the Wiston Estate. She undertakes pub and house histories, and particularly enjoys applying documents to landscape and buildings. She has published numerous articles over the last 30 years, and gives illustrated talks about Sussex history all round the county, even venturing into Surrey and Kent from time to time.

Photo of Malcolm N. PrattMalcolm N. PrattCouncil MemberMalcolm Pratt's professional career was as a teacher, ending as Deputy Head of William Parker School, Hastings and he has been Honorary Town Clerk of Winchelsea since 1984. In 1998 he published Winchelsea, a Port of Stranded Pride and his second book about the town Winchelsea - The Tale of a Mediaeval Town has also recently been published.

Photo of Mrs Heather WarneMrs Heather WarneCouncil MemberHeather Warne came to Sussex in 1965 to take up her first job as an archivist at East Sussex Record Office. Since raising her family, she has worked on various archive contracts elsewhere in Sussex and in London and Surrey. Her current post is as (part time) archivist at Arundel Castle where she specialises in cataloguing and making available the extensive mediaeval records that are held there.

 Mrs Marion WoolgarCouncil Member