Sussex has many books relating to its history and virtues, enough to fill a
Library of their own. This page will describe some of the texts refered to in
these pages and explain abbreviations used. You may also be interested to read
my thoughts on Publishing on the Internet.
SCM : These three letters in a bibliographic entry refer to the "Sussex County Magazine", published between 1926 and 1956 and relating to all things Sussex. These magazines contain a lot on folklore and history in Sussex and the blue bound volumes can occasionally be picked up in second hand bookstores.
SAC : These three letters in a bibliographic entry refer to the "Sussex Archaeological Collections", the journal of the Sussex Archeological Society. Published annually from the year 1848, there are now 136 volumes available and are an excellent resource regarding all things Archeological in Sussex. Most large libraries carry these volumes in their reference section but copies can be bought from second hand bookstores. The best place to buy these is in Lewes, the home of the Sussex Archaeological Society, who also sell some of the more recent volumes to their members.
SNQ : These three letters in a bibliographic entry refer to the "Sussex Notes and Queries", a quarterly magazine containing smaller Archaeological notices that used to be produced by the Sussex Archeological Society for its members and has now been incorperated into the Collections and replaced first by a more general newsletter and then by a more glossy magazine called Sussex Past & Present in 1993 which is still produced today. Loose copies and green bound volumes of SNQ can occasionally be found in second hand bookstores.
SC : These two letters in a bibliographic entry refer to the "Sussex Circular" Magazine, a bi-monthly journal relating to the phenomena of crop circles in Sussex and beyond. The magazine is currently on issue 84 and is produced by Southern Circular Research, who hold monthly meetings in Burgess Hill.
VCH : These three letters in a bibliographic entry refer to the "Victoria County History of Sussex", a multi volume publication dedicated to Queen Victoria during whose reign the work started, though it would be many decades in completion. The work contains much infomation on local history in all parts of Sussex, taking much information from record offices throughout the whole of England, each county having its own set of volumes. Some of the red bound volumes are still in print though if not, they can sometimes be picked up from second hand bookstores.
SH : These two letters in a bibliographic entry refer to the "Sussex History" pamphlets published bianually by a federation of local history societies in Sussex. There are 10 copies to a volume for the first two volumes before the issues started to be printed in numerical sequence. The author hasn't yet come across any bound volumes of these works.
Arch. J. The Archaeological Journal is the yearly publication on national archaeological topics that has an occasional paper on Sussex matters. The journal is the voice of "The Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland" and is based in London.
QsM : The Quicksilver Messenger was an earth mysteries magazine published in the early 1980's and covered the south-east area, and Sussex especially as the editor, Chris Ashton, was based in Brighton. An online archive of this hard to come by magazine will be made a part of these pages.
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