About the Society...
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 recently changed its
name and logo to the Burgess Hill Heritage &
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.
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
Join The Society...
you are interested in our local history, why not join
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.
current annual subscription rates are published in the
"programme of events" available at the Burgess
Hill Town Council Help Point and the local library.