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The Sussex Record Society

The Society has recently celebrated its centenary. It was founded in 1901 with the aim of publishing the original records of the county’s history from documents found in the great national libraries (such as the British Library and the Public Record Office) and in the archives of its great country houses and county families.

Through the following century it has published over 90 volumes about Sussex covering countless aspects of life in the county. The life of St. Richard, bishop of Chichester, letters of 18th century dukes, tribulations of 18th century paupers, county government during the Civil War, correspondence of iron founder/gunmakers, mediaeval charters of the diocese, struggles of Victorian commoners for their rights in Ashdown Forest, church court records of the earliest cricket match, Elizabethan politics in Lewes, the last years of shipping in Rye, cellarers’ records of Battle Abbey, a diary of Sussex life in the Great War - these are a few examples from almost a thousand years of Sussex history published in the Society’s 100 years.

The Society is proud of its achievements over its first century in preserving and making accessible the County’s rich heritage of historical documents. And its work continues with a programme of projected publications which includes: records of 18th century cricket, the Sussex Home Front in World War 1, plans of railways and public utilities, mediaeval records of Arundel College, and 18th & 19th century Coroners records.

By joining the Society you will be playing your part in keeping up this vital work. And in practical terms you will receive each new volume - free – when it is published and will also have the opportunity to buy volumes from our existing stock at considerably reduced prices (usually a discount of around 33%). Our main social occasion is our AGM - which we try to arrange at different venues of historical interest around the county with a lecture rounding off the formal business of the day.

Barbican House, High Street, Lewes, BN7 1YE
Contact: Richard Martin, Secretary