History

The County of Sussex was split into two administrative counties in 1889 with the establishment of County Councils for East and West Sussex. Within East Sussex there were three self-administered County Boroughs [Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings].

In the 1974 local government reorganisation the three County Boroughs became districts within East Sussex. At the same time the western boundary was altered so that the Mid- Sussex region became part of West Sussex. The situation changed again in 1997 when Brighton & Hove became a unitary authority.

Originally there was one Beekeeping Association in Sussex – this divided in the 1970s with the establishment of the West Sussex Beekeeping Association covering the pre-1974 West Sussex County Council Area. The Sussex Beekeeping Association retained the original name and covers the remainder of the County.