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media release
4 August 014
The Keep

The Keep will be having another open day on the above date.  Stay tuned for more information.

about the keep
The Keep is a world-class centre for archives that opens up access to all the collections of the East Sussex Record Office (ESRO), the Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collections and the internationally significant University of Sussex Special Collections. It is also a centre of excellence for conservation and preservation and represents the new generation of archive buildings in the UK.

The combined collections have synergies and have been brought together to provide, under one roof, an unrivalled, detailed record of the region’s history, dating back over 900 years. These archives document the lives of individuals, places and events from across the county and beyond, and they include written records, maps and plans, prints and drawings, photographs and films, oral histories, and digital and electronic records.

The University of Sussex Special Collections comprise important 20th and 21st-century literary, political and social history archives. The Keep also houses the library of the Sussex Family History Group, and the Historic Environment Record database, which records sites and finds from early prehistory to 20th-century monuments. The staff of The Keep bring together a remarkable breadth of skills and experience, and are pioneering new, collaborative ways of working that also involve the wider community and new audiences.

The Keep has been designed for different people to use in different ways. It gives access to historical material for scholars and specialist researchers, universities, colleges and schools, the adult and community sectors and businesses such as solicitors, architects and developers. The Keep staff are also working with under-represented groups and people with disabilities, including people with impaired hearing and vision.

There is free public access to all the collections, with a drop-in service, and efficient systems for ordering, even when not in the building. The new electronic archive catalogue, with a full on-line search facility, gives remote access to the wealth of material in the collections.