About Us

The Sussex Record Society was founded in 1901 with the aim of publishing historical records of the county 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. To date the Society has published more than 100 volumes covering topics from the eleventh to the twentieth centuries. Recent publications include a volume of depositions made to the Church courts of Chichester Archdeaconry in the early 17th century, an edition of proceedings under the Defence Acts passed during the Napoleonic Wars and a remarkable memoir from the First World War by the artist Ralph Ellis.

The Society’s business is managed by its Council; current Council members are here. We are always considering topics for future volumes. If you have any experience in reading old documents and would like to publish a source relating to Sussex history, or if you know of a source that you think might merit a publication, please do contact a member of the Council. Some guidelines for prospective editors are here.

The Society is pleased to recognize many of its past researchers and editors for their outstanding contributions to the history of Sussex: In Memoriam.

The Sussex Record Society is a registered charity. The Society’s most recent annual report and accounts can be consulted in the papers for the 2021 Annual General Meeting here.

The Society’s registered office is at Barbican House, High Street, Lewes BN7 1YE.
The principal contact is Ms Jennifer Mason, Secretary, c/o West Sussex Record Office, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RN
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