Explore the history and community of Selsey.


Images of Selsey can be found on our West Sussex Past Pictures website.

Go to 'Advanced Search: Catalogue' and search for 'Selsey' in 'Any Text'.

Further images of Selsey are also available on the West Sussex Record Office Online Photo Database and the Selsey Photo Archive.


The current edition of the Chichester Observer is available to view at Selsey and kept for one month. A browsable collection of newspaper cuttings on local topics is kept at Selsey Library.

Back issues of the Chichester Observer 1961-2016 (incomplete) are available on microfilm at Chichester Library.

Search the library catalogue for more details.

Back issues of the Chichester Observer 2017 and 1914-1925 and 1939-1945 are available to view on the public computers in all West Sussex Libraries, as searchable digital copies.

Further coverage of Selsey can be found on the Selsey LifeChichester Observer and Chichester Post websites.

The West Sussex Gazette and The Argus are available to library members from home via Press Reader.

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in Selsey and West Sussex from 1785-2014 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the Chichester Observer 1887-1949 (incomplete). You can access the BNA for free through the public computers in any West Sussex Library. 

For any enquiries about newspapers, please use our Ask a Librarian form.


A current map of Selsey can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

Historic maps of Selsey are also available on the National Library of Scotland Maps Database.


Some Kellys Sussex Directories can be found on Ancestry - available free in all West Sussex Libraries. Some directories are available as digitised copies on the public computers in all libraries  - see our Digitised Directories Helpsheet. You can search the library catalogue to see which directories are available on microfiche. For any queries, please use our Ask a Librarian form.

House History

If you are researching the history of your house, the National Archives House Research Guide is a good place to start.

West Sussex Record Office also have many sources to help with your investigations.

Online Resources

Victoria County History - Selsey

Founded in 1899 and originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the Victoria County History (VCH) is an encyclopaedic record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day.

Selsey Photo Archive

History of Selsey Lifeboat Station

Places of Interest

Selsey Lifeboat Station

Pagham Harbour

Medmerry Nature Reserve

Local Walks

Sidlesham Heritage Trail

Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group Walks

Local Information

Selsey Town Council

Manhood Peninsula Partnership

Local Organisations

Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group

Selsey Past Facebook Group

More Help and Information

For further information and help with any of these resources, please fill in an Ask a Librarian form and the Enquiries Team will be happy to help.

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