After the various problems of the past year (see the next paragraph for news about the completion of remedial work) it is nice to have some good news for a change. I was recently elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, specifically in recognition of this website.
I have been using this section of the site to give updates on progress in the final restoration of the site after it was hacked last year and all is now as it should be, in a new format which I hope users find helpful, particularly on I-phones. I have now resumed regular research work of which inevitably a considerable backlog has built up.
One reason that final progress on the restoration work was rather slow is that I have been asked to comment on the entries on churches in the forthcoming volume on West Sussex in the Buildings of England series. After five years of use there will I think be widespread agreement that the volume on East Sussex is a great improvement on the relevant part of its predecessor and I am sure that every user will consider the volume on West Sussex well worth the wait. Meanwhile, the equivalent volume for South Hampshire has just appeared and this provides some valuable new information and insights, both about buildings and artists and architects. County-boundaries are far from impermeable and many of those active in Sussex were also active in Hampshire, so the new book makes it possible to build up a fuller picture of their activities.