England's Past for Everyone Sussex


The Sussex project was completed in partnership with the University of Sussex and Parham House. Post-doctoral Research Fellow Dr Jayne Kirk, based at the University of Sussex, was employed to produce an architectural and social history of Parham House. Her work was supervised by Professor Maurice Howard, Department of Art History, University of Sussex. A volunteer project was run in partnership with the West Sussex Record Office (WSRO) and a school project was delivered by Education Consultant, Juliette Allaway. Dr Chris Lewis, Editor, Victoria County History (VCH) of Sussex, was employed as the England’s Past for Everyone (EPE) Sussex Team Leader. The project was launched in summer 2005 with research beginning in October 2005.


Parham: an Elizabethan House and its Restoration (ISBN: 978-1-86077-485-0) was written by Dr Jayne Kirk and published by Phillimore & Co. Ltd in 2009. The book includes a foreword by Sir Simon Jenkins, Chair of the National Trust.
The book looks at the story of the house and of the three families – the Palmers, the Bisshops and the Pearsons – who owned it over 400 years. An archive of drawings, letters and other papers revealed much new evidence and this was supplemented by specially commissioned studies of the roof, and of the decorative plasterwork and panelling.

Specialist research, including geophysical and resistivity survey, and dendrochronology was completed by Wessex Archaeology, Southampton University Archaeology Department, and consultant Andy Moir.

Parham: an Elizabethan House and its Restoration was launched at an evening reception at Parham House on Thursday 26 March 2009. The evening was attended by over 80 people. Speeches were given by Lady Emma Barnard, Professor Maurice Howard, Dr Jayne Kirk and Professor John Beckett.

Schools Resources

Juliette Allaway, initially a volunteer on the WSRO archiving work, was recruited as the education consultant for the Sussex project.
Based on Dr Jayne Kirk’s research, the school materials look at the architectural and social history of Parham House and provide an insight into the lives of those that lived and worked there.

Teaching material, aimed at Key Stages 1 – 3, include lesson plans, activities and timelines and have a particular focus on the Tudor period. The material provides opportunities for cross-curricular links with English, Art, Drama, Science, Geography and ICT.
All teaching materials are available from the EPE Schools Learning Zone (www.EnglandsPastforEveryone.org.uk/schools)