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 May to 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
  • Southwick History Trail

    Saturday 20th September
    Starting from the Manor Cottage at 2.30pm

    Nigel Divers will lead a circular walk around parts of central Southwick
    visiting historic places and the sites of some lost buildings, telling
    their stories as we go. If you did not know Southwick before the
    demolitions of the 1960's this will be an ideal
    time to learn what Southwick was like then. Nigel will be bringing some
    pictures to recall lost buildings but there are also some surprising
    survivals among the more well know houses.


  • Manor Cottage Exhibitions 2014

    The Manor Cottage Heritage Centre will be open every Saturday morning from 10.30 to 12.30 between May 24th and September 27th.


  • Southwick's Great War

    From August 2nd



    This exhibition shows what happened to Southwick and its people through the Great War illustrating events in the town and the experiences of the men in the army navy and merchant navy.  It will roll out month by month with frequent changes reflecting events as they happened.


  • Wick Theatre Company

    August 23rd to September 27th
    (open until 16.00 on September 13th)



    For more than 60 years Wick Theatre Company has been part of the beating heart of the community, and this year celebrates it's 250th production.
    Pivotal in the creation of The Barn Theatre over 60 years ago, Wick has performed there ever since. This exhibition aims to celebrate Wick by revisiting some shows, with original production photographs, programmes, press cuttings and reminiscences of company members. Take a trip down memory lane with us, and relive highlights of the past 66 years. Devised and curated by Amanda Evans.


  • Opening Times

    All exhibitions are open on Saturday morning 10.30 to 12.30 unless otherwise stated.


Southwick (Sussex) Society