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

    Mapping the Growth of Southwick
    May 26th to June 23rd 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

    From a village of some 600 inhabitants mainly occupied in agriculture to the current developed town of over 11,000 residents the exhibition traces its growth in maps and allied information from the Society archives including agents adverts of plot sales during the latter days of the eighteen hundreds.

    Bringing Theatre to Southwick for 70 years
    June 30th to July 28th 10.30 am to 12.30 pm (also open to 4 pm on June 30th)

    Wick Theatre Company, Southwick, has received Heritage Lottery Funding to mount an exhibition to celebrate their 70th anniversary of bringing theatre to Southwick. Amanda Evans, exhibition curator explains: “The exhibition will tell of the Company’s journey, from the gathering in 1948 of a small group of enthusiastic teenagers, their mentoring by a local benefactor, through involvement in local drama competitions, to their presenting seventy seasons of award winning drama. The enthusistic teenagers included my parents! The Company first performed in the Barn Theatre, within Southwick’s Community Centre, in 1951 following its official opening and the journey of the Barn Theatre is also respected in the exhibition. ”

Southwick (Sussex) Society