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29 July 2016

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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 - which cover archaeology, local history and genealogy. A complete collection of annual volumes from 1848 is held at every major library (Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Horsham and Shoreham).
  • Sussex County Magazine - which 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 to 1952
  • Sussex Agricultural Journal 1933 to 1957
  • Sussex Family Historian 1973+
  • Sussex History 1976 to 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.

Please contact the relevant library to make an appointment to view its ephemera collection.

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