Photographs of West Sussex

Photographs of West Sussex

This guide will show you how to search for, save and print images from local photographs scanned from originals held by West Sussex Library Service.

You can print or download this photographs of West Sussex helpsheet [851 KB].

The West Sussex Photographs collection includes around 10,000 photographs of all towns and most villages in West Sussex, some dating back to the 1850s. Nearly half the photographs are of Worthing.

Searching the Photographs Collection

After you have logged on to the public computer, to access the Photographs Collection, double-click on the Documents icon on the desktop.

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Choose This PC then double-click Local History Sources.  

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Screenshot of local history drive


Then double-click on Photographs and Pictures.

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Then double-click on Photographs, then Miscellaneous Photographs

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Screenshot of miscellaneous folders


Open any folder to browse by place. Most villages have just one folder, although some larger ones and towns have several. Worthing has multiple folders.

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Screenshot of towns and villages folders


You can use the Miscellaneous Photographs Spreadsheet saved in the Miscellaneous Photographs folder to help you find what you’re looking for. You can either scroll down the spreadsheet and browse through the Folder Name column or do a keyword search.

To do a keyword search, select Find & Select on the right of the toolbar. Type your search term in the box and click Find all.

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Screenshot of find and select function


To look through the results, click on Find Next.

Make a note of the file names from the spreadsheets, then look for the images in the relevant folders.

The prefix ‘wsl’ has been added to each image filename to denote the original is from ‘west sussex libraries’.

File names ending in ‘a’ are scans of the information on the reverse of the photographs.

When you open the relevant folder, to display the files as image thumbnails, single click on View: Extra Large Icons

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Then you can see thumbnails of all the images in the folder. Double click on the individual files, to have a closer look.

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The files automatically open in Windows Photo Viewer, but if you right click and Open with Paint then you can Print and Save the images.

To print the image, click File from the toolbar, followed by Print.

To save the image, click File from the toolbar, followed by Save As.

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The jpeg will automatically save to This PC – Pictures. If you have a memory stick, insert it into the USB port on the left-hand side of the PC monitor. Then find the location in the column on the left, and save your file there. If you don’t have a memory stick, you could email the image to yourself through your web-based email account eg Hotmail or Gmail.

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How to Use These Photographs

These are low resolution images which you can print, save or email to yourself, for private use or research. If you share them on social media please mention that you obtained them from West Sussex CC Library Service.

Please note that West Sussex County Council Library Service created these files and owns the copyright. You must contact us to request permission before publishing or sharing them online, in print, talks or exhibitions as we shall require a specific credit line, and/or a link and may charge a fee if for commercial use. Commercial use is always welcomed and we can supply images for books, magazines, exhibitions, television etc. Just complete this online form for a no obligation quote.

You can also buy high resolution jpegs or enlarged prints on photographic paper from the Scanning Unit based at West Sussex Record Office. Just email our Record Office colleagues with the file name of any photographs, or attach the low resolution image(s) you downloaded, and mention whether you’d like a digital file or a particular size print.

If you have any queries about these sources, please email the Enquiries Team

Other ways we can help you find the information that you need:

Contact the Library Service

Local Clubs and Societies

Family History

Local History


Homework and Research

This guide has been produced by West Sussex County Council Library Service © 2021.


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