National & Regional Organisations

Council for British Archaeology South-East
Supporting every aspect of archaeology across Kent, Sussex and Surrey, their primary aim is to ensure that the cultural heritage of South-East Britain can be enjoyed and acknowledged by everybody. Please follow this link to see a current list of their (very reasonably priced) tours and field-trips

CITiZAN, or Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network, is a new nationwide survey and monitoring system for exposed, but significant archaeological sites under threat from coastal erosion. CDAS is working in partnership with them to record our rapidly changing coastline.

Secrets of the High Woods
Beneath the ancient woods of West Sussex lies a forgotten landscape, littered with traces of past communities who lived and worked on the South Downs. Until recently, we knew little about the history of this area, but all that changed in 2014 when the Secrets of the High Woods project captured LiDAR data to see beneath the trees and reveal a landscape rich in human stories. We want to reveal the lost landscape of the wooded downs, working with a large community of volunteers to explore the physical evidence on the ground and the archive of old maps and documents to understand how people lived here, from the first farmers to the present day. You can download a free copy of the excellent SotHW project book here.

Chichester Harbour Conservancy
Chichester Harbour Conservancy was established by the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Act in 1971. Its duty is to "conserve, maintain and improve" the Harbour and the Amenity Area for recreation, leisure, nature conservation and natural beauty. These aims create a wide range of activities and responsibilities making the harbour and its surrounding area a unique harbour and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As a society our excavations at Warblington have been generously supported by the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Sustainable Development Fund.

The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain: an online resource
As mentioned by Dr. Martyn Allen at our society's meeting on 27th January 2016. This resource brings together the excavated evidence for the rural settlement of Roman Britain with the over-arching aim to inform a comprehensive reassessment of the countryside of Roman Britain. It includes both traditionally published reports and 'grey literature' reports from developer-funded excavations since 1990.

Local Societies and Projects

Liss Archaeology Group
Working on Archaeology projects in East Hampshire and West Sussex

Petersfield: People of the Heath
A community project hosted by the Petersfield Museum to understand and conserve Petersfield's prehistoric barrows.

Worthing Archaeological Society
The Worthing Archaeological society has an active field unit with excavation and field work taking place throughout the year. No archaeological experience is necessary to join.

Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society
If you are interested in Hampshire then you should join the Hampshire Field Club and Archaelogical Society and be part of a group of people who care about Hampshire, its environment and heritage. It is not bound by tradition, however, and is constantly evolving to provide the best possible awareness of and access to Hampshire's superb heritage.

Chichester Local History Society
The Chichester Local History Society was formed in the mid 1980s and is now a thriving group with over 150 members. The Society seeks to promote talks, research, and publications on local historical topics and to arrange visits to places of historical interest in the Chichester area.

Chichester City Tours
A group of trained and experienced guides who invite you to join them on a walking tour to explore the attractions of Chichester within the Roman walls

Local Visitor Attractions

Fishbourne Roman Palace
A very large palace built in the 1st century AD, around thirty years after the Roman conquest of Britain on the site of a Roman army supply base established at the Claudian invasion in 43 AD. The rectangular palace surrounded formal gardens, the northern half of which have been reconstructed. There were extensive alterations in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, with many of the original black and white mosaics being overlaid with more sophisticated coloured work, including the perfectly preserved dolphin mosaic in the north wing. More alterations were in progress when the palace burnt down in around 270, after which it was abandoned.

The Novium, Chichester
Many Chichester residents have fond memories of the 18th-century disused corn store in Little London, where the museum was previously situated. The new museum provides an improved service for local and international visitors and better presents the rich heritage of the Chichester District. Since moving to the new building the museum has achieved accredited museum status which is a nationally recognised standard of excellence within the museum sector, and since November 2014 entry has been free.

Weald & Downland Museum
An open-air museum in Singleton, covering 50 acres and with nearly 50 historic buildings dating from the thirteenth to nineteenth centuries, along with gardens, farm animals, walks and a lake. The buildings at the Museum were all threatened with destruction but were carefully dismantled, conserved and rebuilt in their original form at the Museum. These buildings help the Museum bring to life the homes, farmsteads and rural industries of the last seven hundred years. Many buildings situated there are over four hundred years old. Along with the buildings, there are "hands-on" activities like cooking, and weaving, and a number of yearly activities, including glass painting, and bonfire nights.

Butser Ancient Farm
A unique experimental archaeological site and a fascinating day out. Nestled in the rolling South Downs National Park this ancient farm displays ongoing constructions of Iron Age buildings based on real sites, crops from prehistory and rare breeds of animals. There is a full programme of special events including Celtic festivals and workshops, for example making a coracle, Roman cooking, bushcraft skills or cave painting.

Local Resources

West Sussex Records Office
West Sussex Record Office holds the historic archives of the county's heritage. We have parish, school, estate, regimental and many more records, some of which date back over 1200 years. Our professionally trained staff can help you start and develop a fun and interesting journey to find out about your family and local history, with free access to and

The Atlas of Hampshire's Archaeology
The Historic Environment Record (HER) contains around 50,000 entries that describe the known archaeology of Hampshire. Analysing the distributions of this complex data by using GIS allows fascinating insights into the evolution of the Hampshire landscape. The Atlas of Hampshire's Archaeology presents HER data in a graphic and understandable way and provides the opportunity to enjoy and understand the archaeological story of Hampshire. Displaying the HER data alongside other information, such as topography, rivers, geology and landscape allows new insights and the patterns of data to be readily appreciated.