Periodicals, magazines and ephemera in libraries

View our wide range of local titles from 1848 to the present, and short-life item collections including leaflets, menus and posters.

Periodical and magazine collections

We have a wide range of local periodicals and magazines including:

  • Sussex Archaeological Collections - covers archaeology, local history and genealogy (a complete collection of annual volumes from 1848 is held at every major library: Bognor RegisBurgess HillChichesterCrawleyEast Grinstead; Horsham and Shoreham)
  • Sussex County Magazine - covers local history, agriculture and countryside, customs, folklore, literature, music and drama (monthly issues, 1926-1956, are available at every major library)
  • Periodicals - which deal with the history of particular towns, especially Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, East Grinstead, Littlehampton, Midhurst, Petworth and Shoreham-by-Sea.

Other significant general titles useful for research include:

  • Downs Country: 1994+
  • South Eastern Naturalist: 1891-1952
  • Sussex Agricultural Journal: 1933-1957
  • Sussex Family Historian: 1973+
  • Sussex History: 1976-1991,
  • Sussex Industrial History: 1970+
  • Sussex Life: 1965+
  • Sussex Wildlife: 1970+
  • Wealden Iron: 1969+
  • West Sussex History: 1974+ (formerly West Sussex Archives Society Newsletter).


These items were intended to have a short life and include:

  • leaflets and handbills
  • posters and playbills
  • theatre and other event programmes
  • bus and train timetables and tickets
  • menus
  • sales catalogues and brochures
  • school prospectuses
  • business cards and membership tickets
  • election material.

Worthing Library stocks over 10,000 items, while smaller collections are held in Chichester and Crawley libraries. Contact the relevant library to make an appointment to view its ephemera collection.

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Last updated:
3 April 2018
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