Local history

Have you ever wondered how your town developed, when the railway came to Sussex, or why the Martello towers were built? Whether it’s for general interest, homework or detailed research, we can help you find the information you want.

Getting started with local history

How to start researching Sussex people and places.

Useful documents for local history research

What you can use in our libraries for researching local studies. Includes suggested reading, newspapers and magazines, maps, census, electoral registers and illustrations.

Suggested reading on local history

Books on Sussex, how to research local history and works by local authors, recommended by our local history librarians.

Online resources for local history research

Local history websites which you can use on library computers, including free access to UK census, parish records, maps and more on the Ancestry website.

Archaeology in East Sussex

Discovering and visiting archaeological sites, plus how to get involved with training and volunteering.

First World War in East Sussex

Discover and add stories, memories and events commemorating the centenary of the First World War 1914–1918.

World War Two in East Sussex

Brief history of East Sussex during the Second World War 1939-1945 and how we have helped people archive their memories of the People's War.

Buy pictures of historical East Sussex – Flickr

Photographs from the county’s past – can you help us identify where, when and who they are of?