The Childhood Project - is our new gather and share project based in Sussex, spanning the last century. We will be exploring the lore of the playground, as well as childhood memories and traditions of Sussex family life. We will be applying for funding in early 2019. If you would like to help contribute to this project please contact us or watch this space for news updates….

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, 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

Traditional Folk Song: Past Present & Future

This conference took place on 10th & 11th November at Cecil Sharp House in London. It was jointly organised by The English Folk Dance & Song Society and The Traditional Song Forum. One of twenty-three

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.


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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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Search our database