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
  • Exhibitions

    Southwick Camera Club - 65 Years of Photography
    Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August from 10 am to 4pm

    An exhibition of images showing how photography has changed in the last half century.

    1937 Southwick celebrates the Coronation of King George VI

    Saturdays 12th August to 9th September
    George VI was crowned king in 1937 and Southwick celebrated with the rest of the country.  Coming after the controversy of his brother Edward`s abdication there was a sense of relief that stability was returning.  Sadly this was not the case as the Munich Crisis of 1938 was followed by the outbreak of war in 1939.

    This exhibition tells how Southwick celebrated the Coronation and what local life was like then.  The town was expanding rapidly with new housing estates north of the Old Shoreham Road and along Manor Hall Road while the shopping and commercial centre remained in Albion Street.  Just two years before, in 1935, the town had celebrated the Silver Jubilee of King George V so Southwick was ready to produce a popular programme based around the Green and many local organisations.

    Drawing on original programmes and newspapers the exhibition also sets the scene outlining the momentous events of the death of George V and the abdication of Edward VIII.



Southwick (Sussex) Society