BEST WEBSITES TO AID YOUR RESEARCH
In the post-war period, some of Brighton’s famous Regency suburbs were under threat, including Brunswick Square, Brunswick Terrace and Adelaide Crescent. A team led by Antony Dale, stepped in, forming the Regency Society of Brighton and Hove ( regencysociety.org). One of the highlights of the website is the photo archive at regencysociety-jamesgray.com, amassed by local collector James Gray, and comprising 39 volumes containing around 7,500 images. The Regency Town House heritage centre ( rth.org.uk) created the MyHouseMyStreet ( mhms.org.uk) project in 2010, which allows you to find out who the past occupants of your house were.
For more views, photographs and local history, try the Royal Pavilion & Museums Image Store ( www.images.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/ assetbank-pavilion/action/viewHome). While another great source for local history is My Brighton and Hove ( mybrightonandhove.org.uk). The website has fascinating articles on places, people, events and themes.
The British Newspaper Archive ( www. britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) now has two useful city papers on its books – namely the Brighton Gazette (1825-70) and a shorter run of the Brighton Observer (1835-39).
The Sussex Family History Group website ( sfhg.org.uk) has lots of data and material open to members, plus a handy table of Sussex parishes with corresponding registration districts, census references and a partial street index.
The Keep site ( thekeep.info/collections/ online-resources) is home to a combined catalogue, an online ordering system, and an Image Cloud facility, which is a fun way to explore all sorts of artefacts from the city’s past. If your research leads you west, you can try the West Sussex Past Portal ( westsussexpast.org.uk), which includes the WSRO catalogue.
Other websites worth visiting include Women of Brighton ( womenofbrighton.co.uk), local history publishers QueenSpark Books ( queensparkbooks.org.uk), Brighton Black History ( black-history.org.uk), and East Sussex WW1, which includes this page focusing on wounded Indian soldiers treated at the Royal Pavilion: www.eastsussexww1.org.uk/ indian-soldiers- east-sussex.
Read about injured Indian soldiers treated at the Royal Pavilion on the East Sussex WW1 website
QueenSpark Books regularly publishes local history books, which may be of interest