Those Valiant Men

by John Young On 11 May 1956 an RAF Valiant jet bomber crashed on the railway line at Southwick narrowly missing a nearby boys junior school, houses and the busy Shoreham Harbour.  Three of the crew were killed but miraculously no local people were seriously injured. It was lunch time and people were settling down…

New Exhibitions

The Manor Cottage Heritage Centre will be re-opening on Saturday May 28th. The museum is open every Saturday morning from 10.30 to 12.30. We have three new exhibitions this year. Southwick’s Royal Connections which will run throught out the season. Southwick’s Miraculous Escape, the day a Valiant jet crashed runs from May 28th to July…

March Heritage Talk

Knepp Castle Estate: Rewilding in Action by Geoffrey Mead Monday 14th March at 7.30 pm in Southwick Community Centre Members £3, non-members £5 The Knepp Estate is at the forefront of the UK re-wilding movement; this talk looks at the historic background to the estate further north up the Adur valley and its current re-wilded…

October Heritage Talk

West Sussex at War 1938-1945 by Matthew Jones Monday 10th October 2022 at 7.30 pm (postponed from March) at Southwick Community Centre £3 for members, £5 for non-members The talk will focus on the Home Front in West Sussex, drawing on the extensive archives of documents and photographs held at West Sussex Record Office, looking…

February Heritage Talk

The Changing Fortunes of Kingston Buci by Trevor Povey 7.30 pm Monday 14th February 2022 at Southwick Community Centre Members £3, non-members £5 A look at the development and redevelopment of agricultural Kingston into an important port and industrial area, and the changes to its character over the years.

January Heritage Talk

A Sussex Farm during the 1950s by Ian Everest 7.30 pm Monday 10th January 2022 at Southwick Community Centre Members £3, non-members £5 To “make hay” and “bring in the harvest” sound like idyllic past times but this talk shows just how tough life was on a South Down farm during the 1950s. The war…

Santa days

We are delighted to be hosting a very special guest at the Manor Cottage this year. Adur East Lions have invited Santa and his elves to come along for the first three weekends in December. They will be decorating the cottage and setting up a grotto in the medieval hall from 11 am to 3…

November Heritage Talk

Salt of the earth: the salt industry of the Adur Valley by Dr Janet Pennington Monday 8th November This talk uncovers a lost industry of the Adur valley – the making of salt. Salt is something we probably all take for granted, sprinkling it on our roast potatoes or adding it to our salads. Or…

October Heritage Talk

Transports of Delight by Ian Gledhill Monday 11th October at 7.30 pm in the Garden Room, Southwick Community Centre From trains on the pier to miniature railways and cliff lifts, the seaside has always provided various interesting and delightful forms of transport to amuse holiday makers. This talk tells the story of those that survive…