Here in the Past


Our Here in the Past project documents the homes, streets and neighbourhoods of people who lived in Brighton & Hove more than 100 years ago.

Here in the Past is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Here in the Past expands on the work of our MyHouseMyStreet local history project which provides information about past residents and the homes they lived in. You can find the website here:

Image of magnifier overlaid on a street map

Our volunteers will research local historic records to find out where everyone lived, how old they were and what jobs they did. These records include Street Directories, Census Returns, Burial Records and the Voting Register, examples of which you can see in the pictures below.

By the time they are finished, Here in the Past will have researched, collated, sorted and published online millions of pieces of information about our city's history for you to explore.

Page of census return
We use information from census returns

Page from street directory
We use information from street directories

Front page of Register of Voters
We use information from electoral rolls

Is there a particular local street that you think should be included in Here in the Past? If there is, please send your suggestion to and don't forget to tell us why you think that street is interesting.

A group of volunteers standing on the steps of The Regency Town House
Some of our volunteer team.

If you want to help with Here in the Past research, making the web pages, or staging outreach events, do please get in touch, we have an enthusiastic and friendly group of volunteers who are always keen to meet others with an interest in the past.