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Just another 1,040 graphics!

There are 49, 626 graphics (nearly all double page spreads, so nearly 100,000 pages) in our street directory section. These images represent the pages of local directories published between 1784 and 1974 . We are currently indexing each page (tagging, in our parlance) to enable users to quickly find an individual street in a selected volume. At the end of this week, we are 1,040 graphics short of having tagged 1/3rd of the entire collection. Late next week, we should pass the one-third point. 


If you would like to assist us with tagging please make contact. Our aim is to complete the process by year-end and the more assistance the merrier.

MHMS 2012 Programme Launched

Our 2012, MHMS exhibitions and walks programme is live. For details see here.

MHMS exhibitions for 2012 in development

As in 2011, this year we are planning a series of MHMS street exhibitions for the Heritage Open Days (HODs) celebrations in September. HODs 2012 is staged from the 6th to the 9th and our exhibitions will run 1000-1600 on Sunday the 9th, the final day of HODs.
A listing of the streets we are targeting this year will appear soon in the Exhibitions section of the website.
We hope to see lots of you out and about on the 9th.


The July issue of the BBC's magazine, 'Who Do You Think You Are', is running a feature about MHMS. Besides setting out the key goals and offers of the project, the article will include a commentary by Elaine Fear, a long-term MHMS volunteer and a feature on the Schofield family who have been inspired by MHMS to learn more about their terraced home in Lower Market Street, Hove. Many thanks to all who have contributed to the article, especially Nione Meakin its author, another Town House volunteer!

A Georgian/Victorian builder materialises

Some time ago, we purchased an architectural drawing by C A Busby, 'the Regency architect of Brighton & Hove'. Busby's plan had been 'contractualised' by a speculator and builder, each signing and dating the drawing and agreeing a price to develop the property shown. The builder was one, George William Sawyer. Just the other day, we received a telephone call from his great-great-great-granddaughter and, after a long discussion, we have agreed to meet and swap information about this intriguing fellow. In due course, hopefully, we will bring you more information about G W Sawyer and the Brighton & Hove streets he helped to build.

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