Sussex Traditions is currently seeking
funding for an exciting new project "The Sussex Year". Please let us know if you would like to contribute in any way, or just be kept informed.

We really would love to hear from you – especially if you can help!

Sussex Traditions

Sussex Traditions

Discover Sussex Traditions


Songs and superstition, poetry and play, farming and food, dialect and dance; just some of the heritage that can be shared through this easily searchable website, including all kinds of written and audio visual material.

There are three main ways of navigating Sussex Traditions:

You can Browse Sussex Topics, Search The Database or Explore Our Collections.

Founded in 2015, Sussex Traditions is a new cultural charity. We gather and share traditions handed down by the people of the county: arts and activities, beliefs customs and crafts, songs and stories. More about us…

Foundation Project 2016-17

We have completed our Foundation Project year! With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, South Downs National Park and several other funding bodies we have successfully populated our database with over 5000 records relating to Sussex Traditional Song. This material has been the stimulus for schools workshops and adult education days.

We will be expanding our work on other Sussex topics in our next project, exploring crafts, food & drink, sports & games and more, as well as continuing our work on traditional song. Please contact us if you would like to Join In or Support Us.

News & Events

The Sussex Traditions Feature at Lewes Folk Festival weekend 13th October 2018

Lewes Folk festival has always found a spot for Sussex Traditions each year, initially for introducing it as a new organisation and subsequently for updating on progress.

Conference Success! Locating Women in ‘the Folk’ 2018

Performers, collectors and scholars of folk song, folk dance, and folklore came from all around the world to attend a conference celebrating the role of women in cultural traditions.

Women in ‘the Folk’ – News

We are delighted to announce Lucy Neal, great great niece of Mary Neal (CBE), as our keynote speaker for Women in 'the Folk' conference - 9th June 2018.


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The Database

Our database holds thousands of items of Sussex traditions (mostly folk songs at the moment, but other materials will be added shortly). Each database entry gives the details of an item (e.g. title, the name of the performer, place), and is browsable and fully searchable. Where possible a live link is provided which takes you straight to the item itself (e.g. a sound recording) or the entry details of where the item can be found.

Our pick from the database


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