About the Society...
The Burgess Hill Local History Society was founded in 1979 by a few residents who felt that with the rapid growth of the town, the disappearance of so many landmarks and the number of changes that had taken place, it was essential to try and capture the remnants of the town's history. At the same time, they also hoped to engage the interest of new residents and foster a sense of pride in the town.
The society has collected a sizeable array of artefacts including some magnificent terracotta pieces for which Burgess Hill was famed. In addition there is a large photograph/slide collection and a substantial archive of documents, books and maps.
Some of this material can be seen in our annual exhibition held during Town Festival Week.
We are also proud to support the Burgess Hill Museum (Heritage Centre) and this website. On display in the museum are some of our vast collection of artefacts that tell the story of Burgess hill and its surrounding locality.
Join The Society...
If you are interested in our local history, why not join the society?
Meetings are held once a month in Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, usually the evening of the second Friday of the month. The programme of activities include talks, slide shows and visits to nearby towns and villages of interest.
All members receive a quarterly newsletter, which contains news of members' activities, and items on local history.
Some members are currently engaged in research on a variety of topics including families, farms, churches and houses.
In memory of Hugh Matthews, a past president of the society and the author of Burgess Hill (1989), a small bursary is available annually for members to defray some expenses incurred in such research.
The current annual subscription rates are...
- Individual member, under 60 ~ £10
- Individual member, over 60 ~ £6
- Joint members, under 60 ~ £18
- Joint members, over 60 ~ £10
- Special junior rate, under 18 ~ £6