Upcoming Events


Manor Cottage Heritage Centre 

Admission Free

Southwick's Great War

Saturday 10th November 2 pm to 4 pm

It is believed that about 600 Southwick men and women served in the Great War and about 100 failed to return. Towards the end of the war the Green became a military camp and the concrete "Mystery Towers" were built in the harbour. After the war a memorial was built on the Green and the Southwick Patriotic Fund showed its appreciation to those who served. This exhibition looks at the experiences of some of those who served in the armed services and merchant navy and a Southwick man who was a passenger on a torpedoed liner.

This Saturday afternoon opening is a special event to coincide with the Vigil Service at St Michael & All Angels Church commemorating the end of the First World War.

Heritage Talks

all talks are in the Garden Room of Southwick Community Centre at 7.30 pm

Lancing College and its local history

by Janet Pennington

Monday 12th November

This is the story of an extraordinary man, the Revd Nathaniel Woodard (1811-1891) who founded not only the school that became Lancing College, but Hurstpierpoint and Ardingly Colleges in Sussex as well. He founded eleven schools in his lifetime, and the Woodard Corporation today has 50 schools under its umbrella. A warm-hearted family man, Woodard’s Sussex connections began in 1847 when he was appointed curate to St Mary de Haura in the port of New Shoreham. He lived in Brighton for some time, then in 1862 moved to Henfield where he died, aged 80, nearly 30 years later. For 40 years he kept up an enormous correspondence, much of it connected with fund-raising for his schools – but his sons wrote to him about personal matters, his wife worried about his lack of shirts, and from 1868 he had the enormous burden of organising the building of Lancing College Chapel with little money but sustained by his Christian faith. Janet was the archivist at Lancing College for nearly 20 years. This talk uses material from the College Archives to go behind the scenes of the history of this well-known independent school with its landmark chapel on the South Downs.

The History of Widewater Lagoon

by Gary Purnell

Monday 14th January 2019

The talk focuses on the inland lagoon and how it came to be. Starting with Widewater, the coast line in 1085 and progressing through to c1800.

The Industrial Landscape between Brighton and Worthing

by Trevor Povey

Monday 11th February 2019

This talk looks as the industries past and present along this stretch of coast. What kind of jobs did people do? What kind of goods did the area produce, who made them, where and out of what? We discover our industrial past and look at the landscape left behind. What new industries have come to our area to replace those that have disappeared?

Maps and Map making in Sussex

by Caroline Adams

Monday 11th March 2019

This talk, with lots of lovely illustrations, tells the story of the maps of Sussex, both published such as Saxton’s from the 16 th century, to the lovely unpublished and hand-drawn estate maps of the county. We look at why they were made and who they were made for – did Saxton draw them up for the Elizabethan spy network? What was the Duke of Richmond’s interest? How much detail did they go into, and what is available for Shoreham?