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 in Southwick Street 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
  • 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 Sea and Ships

    May 24th to June 28th
    (Open until 16.00 on May 24th & 31st and June 7th)

    Southwick has been at the heart of Shoreham Harbour for over 150 years with its locks giving access to the wharves in the Canal. This heritage is recalled by an exhibition of paintings from the Southwick Society’s collection. The subjects range from 19th century sailing ships and paddle tugs to the Mystery Towers of the Great War, World War II harbour defences and the new harbour works of the 1960s


  • Last Summer of Peace

    July 5th to August 16th

    The declaration of the Great War on 4 August 1914 changed everything for ever. But what was it like to live in Southwick before people dreaded a telegram, before the papers were full of casualty lists?

    This exhibition introduces you to the homes, workplaces, schools, harbour and some of the people of Southwick in 1914. There were still farms, fields and forges but there were also power stations, factories and steam ships.  Many worked hard at manual labour but there were also well-to do people living in grand houses. There was cricket and sailing, the church and the pubs. What was it like to be a Wicker that summer?


  • Heritage Talk - Last Summer of Peace

    Monday 14th July at 7.30 pm
    a talk by Nigel Divers to accompany the exhibition.

    The talk will be held in the Porter Room, Southwick Community Centre, Southwick Street.


  • 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