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, exploring children’s lore, 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

Roving and gathering

“… and if you see any of this lot, run!”   The Hadlow Down TN22 lunch-club for seniors heard all about Sussex Traditions’ story-so-far and what can be done to help the charity preserve old memories, stories,

An update on the Sussex Traditions website that many of you will want to read - One of the important singers in the county found by the early folk song collectors was Henry Hills of Lodsworth.

Listing of Morris Dance sides updated

The listing of Morris Dance sides on the Sussex Traditions website has been updated and the number of sides in the list has grown from 6 to 24! Clearly the Morris is a growth industry


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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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