Welcome to the website of the Southwick (Sussex) Society

The Society is active in the following fields:

  • Running the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre
  • Campaigning on local issues
  • Commenting upon planning matters affecting the local area
  • Running talks, exhibitions and meetings on matters of interest to those living or working in the Southwick area
  • Publishing local history books and "Wickerwork" - a regular newsletter updating members on activities and local matters of interest

The Manor Cottage is located at 16/18 Southwick Street, BN42 4TE, just north of Southwick Square on the eastern side of the road and is open every Saturday morning from mid May to mid September. Exhibitions are frequently held in the Cottage and entrance is free. The Cottage has a shop selling local history books, pamphlets and souvenir items.

Talks are held on the second Monday of every month from September to April at the Southwick Community Centre starting at 7.30pm. 

Upcoming events - See also Programme for the Year
  • Heritage Talks

    All Heritage Talks take place in the Garden Room of Southwick Community Centre

    Monday 11th September at 7.30 pm
    The Archaeology of the South Downs National Park

    by  John Manley
    The Archaeology of the South Downs National Park is a walk back in time.  This illustrated talk is about the accessible monuments and artefacts in the South Downs National Park. It highlights places where people have lived, hunted, farmed and occasionally met in large numbers within the area of the Park.The speaker, John Manley, was formerly Chief Executive of Sussex Archaeological Society.

    Monday 9th October at 7.30 pm
    Secret Sussex Resistance
    by Stewart Angell
    Relatively few people have heard of the Home Guard ‘Auxiliary Units’ of World War Two. Formed in 1940 they were to be the British Resistance, countering a German invasion by delivering guerrilla warfare tactics throughout their localized areas. Stewart started researching the Sussex Auxiliary Units in 1992. Four years later, following extensive interviews with original patrol members and many hours in the field looking for the remains of their secret hideouts, his findings were published as ‘The Secret Sussex Resistance’. The presentation will highlight his research findings. 

    Stewart is a founder member of the Sussex Military History Society, a member of the Council for British Archaeology South-East and a long-time member of the underground exploration group Subterranea Britannica. 

    Monday 13th November at 7.30 pm
    Step back in time – the history of the Argus newspaper since 1880
    by Paul Green
    The history of the Argus newspaper since the first edition on 30 March 1880. Paul includes memorable events in a talk which is very interactive with the audience. He  brings along a number of items of memorabilia, photos, newspapers including one of only 3 copies of the first paper to be viewed.

  • Exhibitions

    Exhibitions are held in the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre, Southwick Street

Southwick (Sussex) Society