The Sussex Record Society

The Society publishes scholarly editions of historical records relating to the county of Sussex in the United Kingdom. To date, we have published 100 volumes covering the history of Sussex from 1066 to World War I. Our primary publication medium remains the individual printed book: we publish a new volume every year or so. However, this is increasingly being supplemented by online publication. Many online records can be consulted and downloaded here. Many older and out-of-print books can be viewed onlineSRS Digital Editions offer free-to-download volumes of additional records, and will progressively publish online editions of the Society’s historic volumes. Members and non-members can purchase copies of the Society’s books in print here.

We welcome new members. Membership of the Society provides tangible benefits in the form of a complimentary copy of each year’s volume. More importantly, it supports the research and publication which underpin many aspects of local, family and social history.

Latest publication: Sussex Depicted online

The Society is pleased to announce the publication in the SRS Digital Editions series of Volume 85: Sussex Depicted – Views and descriptions 1600-1800 by John H. Farrant.

Details of this important volume, originally published by the Society in 2001 to celebrate its centenary, are here, including links to download the files.

Covid-19: help record its impact

The West Sussex Record Office are looking ahead, and planning to create a record of the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on West Sussex. This is a unique chance to document this event as it happens. They aim to create an archive of diaries, documents, photos, and videos which can preserve this history for the future. If you’d like to be a part of this, read more here and here.

Mass Observation and East Sussex Record Office, both based at The Keep, are also collecting and preserving the stories of individuals and communities; these will be catalogued to create accessible public resources that capture these extraordinary times. In addition, the Mass Observation Archive is conducting its annual diary writing day on 12 May 2020. More details here and here.