Preserving Selsey’s Past: The Photo Archive Project

Attendees of the 1909 Selsey Regatta
Selsey Photo Archive Project image, taken at the 1909 Selsey Regatta

Since 2018, the Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group (MWHG) has been working in collaboration with Selsey Town Council, previous Selsey Society members and local volunteers, to archive an extensive collection of photographs and postcard memories of Selsey. The core aims of the Selsey Photo Archive Project are to create digital copies of the thousands of photos originally collected by the now dissolved Selsey Society and to build a website to store and display them, for generations to come. This work, funded by the National Lottery, will preserve images depicting coastal industries, landmarks and individuals from the Selsey area, taken from the 2010’s, all the way back to the 19th century.

Our diligent volunteers, with support and training from the Records Office, have already successfully catalogued over 2,500 photos, a selection of which will be viewable on the dedicated website, planned to be published this coming Autumn. An exhibition of photos celebrating the history of Selsey high street is also set to be displayed later this year, during August. Look out for news of these events on our Facebook and Twitter page, plus read our upcoming summer newsletter to see more photos.

History enthusiasts and lovers of the local area can still get involved with this project by contacting the Project Co-ordinator, Joe Savill, at or by emailing Selsey Town Council at

Post by Joe Savill & Nicola Timney

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