Family History:
We Want to Help

Do you think you may have family roots in the Steyning area? We are happy to receive visits and emails from people researching their families. We have a wide range of archives and are keen to help you make the most of them.

Steyning Museum,
Church Street, Steyning,
West Sussex BN44 3YB

Family historian tel: 01903 814426
Museum tel: 01903 813333

Click to email our Family Historian at:

Click to see our family history blog at:

Rev. John Penfold
Rev. John Penfold,
Vicar of Steyning 1792 to 1840
Image John Starr, a Penfold researcher

Every Picture Tells a Story:
It Could be Your Story

Wiston School 1890Wiston School girls (with three little boys) c1899

The photographic collection at Steyning Museum is a marvellous resource. We may be able to help your research with pictures like this one of Wiston School pupils. We also rely on the community to help us to build records for the use of generations to come. Have a look at our Pictures page. If you can fill in any of the missing names, please contact our family historian and don't forget to visit her blog to see more.

Our Records:
How to Access Them


Access to our archives is free of charge for visitors, although we are always pleased to receive donations. If you would like some advice and support, let us know when you intend to visit and an outline of what you are looking for. We will try to make sure our family historian or our curator is there to get you started.

Read more about family history research and how to get started on our Help page.

If you can't visit the museum, email us with some details of who you are looking for. We will let you know whether and to what extent they appear in our records. This initial half-hour service is free of charge.

If you wish us to do some further research on your behalf, we can do so at a basic fee of £25 per hour (up to a maximum fee of £100 with no time limit).

Details about ways to pay for our family history research service are on our Payments page.

Press Cutting
Study Area

We have extensive records, including transcripts and copies of records held elsewhere. Many of them are indexed. They cover Steyning and its surrounding villages - Wiston, Ashurst, Bramber and Upper Beeding. You can view a list of the records we have available on our Archives page.

Steyning Registration District

Between 1837 and 1935, Steyning was the name of a registration district covering many towns and villages in Sussex. Civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths may give Steyning as the location, although many were not in Steyning itself. Read more details here.

Register Office
Steyning Register Office (left) in 1905

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16th August 2021