Rural showcase at the Novium

A SHOWCASE of rural life in West Sussex is being held by the County Record Office.

Old images and film footage of 1900s rural life are being presented tomorrow (March 22) at the Novium museum.

It includes some of the 60,000 images taken by Petworth photographer George Garland along with footage from Screen Archive South East, who have more than 10,000 films of the region.

The images who how farmers ploughed their land before the slow changeover from hand and horsepower to mechanical vehicles.

Traditional crafts and trades including charcoal burning, hurdle and trug making and village blacksmiths.

Lionel Barnard, county council deputy leader, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to see West Sussex’s rural past through some of our most treasured collections.

“Our archivists will offer an enjoyable afternoon for anyone with a passion for the countryside and a love of the rural county.”

Pre-booking is essential for tomorrow’s event and tickets cost £5 each or £4 for concessions.

For more information contact the Novium museum on 01243 775888 or email