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

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

    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.


  • 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.

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