After the various problems of the past year (see the next paragraph) 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 with one significant exception, all is now more or less as it should be, in a new format which I hope users find helpful, particularly on I-phones. The exception is the photographs. I decided to leave these until last and have recently encountered what I hope is a temporary problem following my going over to a new computer. A lot of the photos did not make the transfer, though the folders in which they were stored did so. Fortunately my old machine is still in commission with all the photos so it’s a question of finding what went wrong and deciding how best to rectify things. Meanwhile I fear that users will have to put up with the current situation a bit longer. The photos were affected by the hack in a completely random way. Some were unaffected, others became attached to a completely different church whilst others vanished completely. As a first step I deleted some time ago all the photos that had attached themselves to the wrong church, so every photo is now attached to the correct one. However, there are still lots of references, mainly acknowledgements, to photographs that are not there. This will now remain the case for rather longer than I had hoped, but once the problem is cracked, I am hopeful that it should not take as long to rectify everything as it did with the written texts, many of which needed considerable work.
One reason that final progress has been 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.