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The Keep is a world-class centre for archives that opens up access to all the archive collections of the East Sussex Record Office (ESRO), the Royal Pavilion & Museums 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.

Venue Type:

Archive

Opening hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Wednesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 5pm
Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 4pm (Reading Room closed 1-2pm)

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

The Keep is situated on the edge of Brighton just off the A27 near to the University Campuses and the Amex Stadium, just a 10 minute walk from Falmer railway station. For travel information, please visit http://alpha.thekeep.info/getting-here/

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Additional info

We are a fully accessible venue

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Guided Tour of The Keep

  • 3 June 2015 1-1:30pm
  • 1 July 2015 1-1:30pm
  • 2 September 2015 1-1:30pm
  • 4 November 2015 1-1:30pm

The Keep is a state-of-the-art archive building whose combined collections provide a record of the history of East Sussex dating back over 900 years. Our introductory tours will show where documents can be consulted as well as where they are stored and cared for. Booking essential.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events

Observing the 1980s - AIDS and Mass Observation

  • 9 June 2015 5:30-6:30pm

The Mass Observation Project was revived in 1981 and currently has a panel of 500 writers, who answer 'Directives' three times per year. The panel write anonymously so they are candid in their responses. Dr Matt Cook, Senior Lecturer in History and Gender Studies at the University of Brighton, will explore their responses to the subject of AIDS. Booking essential.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events

The Secret Life of a House

  • 24 June 2015 1-2pm

All houses have stories to tell, and this lunchtime workshop will introduce some of the documents that reveal their secrets, from census returns, street directories and electoral registers that detail their occupants to images, maps and plans that portray the buildings themselves. Booking essential.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events

Keep Binding and Conserving

  • 4 July 2015 10am-4pm
  • 1 August 2015 10am-4pm
  • 5 September 2015 10am-4pm
  • 3 October 2015 10am-4pm
  • 7 November 2015 10am-4pm
  • 5 December 2015 10am-4pm

In this series of bookbinding and conservation workshops, you will have the knowledge and expertise of The Keep's conservator Melissa Williams to guide you. From creating a simple case binding to learning more sophisticated stitching designs and finishes, such as gold-leaf tooling, you can decide what you would like to work on in the sessions, and will be able to create a finished product that will showcase your newly acquired skills. Please note that this is a series; workshops cannot be booked individually. Tea and coffee provided. Please bring your own lunch. Booking essential.

Admission

£480 for the series of 6 workshops, plus £25 for a toolkit. Material costs may be subject to change.

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events

Afternoon Tea with Nella

  • 23 September 2015 2-4pm

Nella Last was a housewife, aged 49, from Barrow-in-Furness. She kept a detailed diary of her experiences of the Second World War, and responded to Mass Observation's call for members of the public to keep wartime diaries. This created an opportunity for women to gain a voice, and to provide a social commentary of their lives and experiences. Nella wrote about how wartime conditions affected her relationships with her husband and sons, and her role in society. She continued to keep a diary for Mass Observation until 1967. Booking essential.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events

Resistance and Refuge - the Story of Mac Goldsmith, a Jewish automotive engineer

  • 7 October 2015 5:30-6:30pm

Mac Goldsmith, formerly Mac Goldschmidt, was a prominent and successful automotive engineer in Germany. This success was jeopardised by the rise of the Nazi Party in 1933, when Jewish businesses were liquidated. Mac Goldsmith was aware that his life was no longer safe. He established contacts in the automotive industry in Britain, who believed he was a valuable asset, before fleeing Germany. Dr Gerhard Wolf has published many articles relating to the persecution of German Jews during the Nazi regime. This talk will discuss the life of Mac Goldsmith and his defiance against the Nazis. The Goldsmith Papers are housed at The Keep. Booking essential.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events

Brighton in the 1920s and 1930s

  • 15 October 2015 5:30-6:30pm

Brighton during the interwar years was an exciting and rapidly changing town. This talk will uncover such delights as dancing at Sherry's and the Regent, and the open-air freshness of the Black Rock Lido. Brighton's townscape was also changing dramatically. The north side of Western Road was rebuilt and new stores for Boots, C&A and Stafford's were opened, while visitors to West Street saw an almost complete transformation, with the building of the swimming baths, SS Brighton (later the ice rink), the Odeon cinema and Montague Burton's, 'tailors of taste!'. Booking essential.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events

A Broken Silence? Mass Observation, Armistice Day and 'Everyday Life' in Britain, 1937-1941

  • 3 November 2015 5:30-6:30pm

Between 1937 and 1941, the social survey organisation Mass Observation collected material on the ways the British people thought about commemorative practices marking the anniversary of the Armistice of 1918. What they found was that whilst people were largely united in their observation of the rituals of remembrance, their feelings about these practices were diverse. For some, the acts of commemoration were a fitting tribute to the dead and bereaved; for others, they were hypocritical in a nation preparing for war. This talk argues that studies of the practices of remembrance alone tell us little about how they have been understood by participants. Booking essential.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events

Edwardian Picture Postcards

  • 25 November 2015 5:30-6:30pm

Inscriptions on postcards have often been overlooked in academic writing, their messages thought to hold little meaning. Dr Annebella Pollen's research suggests otherwise. From looking at a selection of Edwardian postcards of Brighton held at The Keep, she argues that the postcard was used to incite romance and was used as a flirtatious means of communication. These messages were coded and euphemistic, allowing private and intimate exchanges of affection to take place across a public medium. Booking essential.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events

Keep Deciphering

  • 5 December 2015 10am-1pm

This introductory seminar seeks to introduce participants to the writing, language and dating of documents written in England and Wales during the last millennium, concentrating on the period since 1550. The tutor, Christopher Whittick, has taught palaeography and administrative history for several universities, including University College, London's archive training course. Participants will be sent papers in advance and will need to have read and absorbed them by the date of the seminar. There will also be unseen work. Students are encouraged to bring their own examples, which can then be deciphered in class. Booking essential.

Admission

£30

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events

The Battle Abbey Archive

  • 8 December 2015 5:30-6:30pm

In penance of killing so many in the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, William the Conqueror built Battle Abbey on the site where the Battle of Hastings took place. In 1923, the American railway millionaire Henry Edwards Huntingdon bought the archive of Battle Abbey, which had been sold by the owners of the estate in 1835. This talk will explore the history of the papers, and the way they relate to The Keep's own Battle Abbey archive, presented to East Sussex Record Office this year. Booking essential.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events

Getting there

The Keep is situated on the edge of Brighton just off the A27 near to the University Campuses and the Amex Stadium, just a 10 minute walk from Falmer railway station. For travel information, please visit http://alpha.thekeep.info/getting-here/

The Keep
Woollards Way
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 9BP
England

Website

www.thekeep.info

E-mail

thekeep@eastsussex.gov.uk

Telephone

01273 482349

Fax

01273 482341

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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