The Keep

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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.
Workhouse Menu

The History of the Brighton Workhouses, with author James Gardner

  • 18 January 2017 2:30-3:30pm

In this talk, James Gardner will explore the ‘hidden’ history of Brighton rather than the one of popular imagination characterised by royal patronage and grand Regency buildings. For over 200 years, the town’s workhouses at Church Hill and Elm Grove illustrated the poverty, hardship and squalor endured by many inhabitants, while life at the children’s industrial school at Warren Farm was often similarly bleak. Extracts from the archives will reveal the voices of the rootless and indigenous poor – the forgotten lives of Brighton.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00
Call 01273 482347 or visit www.thekeep.info/events to book your place

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/the-history-of-the-brighton-workhouses-with-author-james-gardner/

Artwork by Arnold Daghani

Arnold Daghani – Artist and Holocaust Survivor, with archivist Samira Teuteberg and film director, writer and founder of Latest TV Bill Smith

  • 25 January 2017 5:30-6:30pm

Artist Arnold Daghani (1909 -1985) came from the Bukovina, now in Romania, and was deported to a slave labour camp in 1942. Following his escape in 1943, he eventually settled in Hove, where he died in 1985. Throughout his life, Daghani worked in a wide range of media, techniques and styles, returning to subjects such as memory, religion and his experiences in the labour camp. To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Samira Teuteberg will introduce Daghani’s life and work, and will discuss his legacy with Bill Smith, who says, ‘I believe Daghani to be one of the great documentary artists of the 20th century.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3.00
Call 01273 482349 or visit www.thekeep.info/events to book a place

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/arnold-daghani-artist-and-holocaust-survivor-with-archivist-samira-teuteberg-and-film-director-writer-and-founder-of-latest-tv-bill-smith/

House plan

Getting Started with House History, an afternoon session led by our in-house researcher Andrew Lusted

  • 8 February 2017 2-4pm

All houses have stories to tell and this introduction to house history will familiarise you with the tools available to find out more about your home and the people who lived in it. Starting with the more obvious sources in our archive, including building plans and maps, street directories and electoral rolls, rate books and census returns, Andrew Lusted will go on to show how more obscure material held at The Keep, such as newspaper reports, deeds, auction catalogues, wills and inventories, coroners’ reports and even criminal records may shed an intriguing new light on a building’s past.
£7.50, advance booking and payment essential as numbers will be limited.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£7.50 advance booking.
Call 01273482349 to book a place

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/getting-started-with-house-history-with-our-in-house-researcher-andrew-lusted/

Drawing of Hove in 1863

The Victorian and Edwardian Eras in Brighton and Hove, c1840-1914: a period of continuous change, with author Dr Sue Berry

  • 22 February 2017 5:30-6:30pm

The arrival of the railway in 1840 did not work magic on Brighton’s economy. The town’s economic depression did not fully lift until around 1845 and, although large numbers of visitors began to appear, not all were wealthy. Demand for accommodation by both visitors and residents resulted in the growth of Hove, and of suburban development north of Brighton. Dr Sue Berry will explore how the towns grew, looking at the innovations needed in leisure, health and welfare to uphold the ‘healthy’ image so vital to resorts by the 1850s. The talk will end just before the First World War, when the failure to improve housing for the poor surfaced as a key issue

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00
Call 01273 482349 or visit www.thekeep.info/events to book a place

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/the-victorian-and-edwardian-eras-in-brighton-and-hove-c1840-1914-a-period-of-continuous-change-with-author-dr-sue-berry/

First World War female munitions workers

East Sussex Women and the First World War with Dr Chris Kempshall

  • 7 March 2017 5:30-6:30pm

Whilst fighting raged in Europe and beyond, victory in the First World War was not simply dependent on the actions of those in the trenches. As a ‘Total War’ the actions of those on the home front were crucial in maintaining the war effort. In this talk, Dr Chris Kempshall will examine the actions of East Sussex’s women during the war, both the work they did and the sacrifices they made between 1914 and 1918. In a time when women were heavily prejudiced against, it will also evaluate whether they were sufficiently rewarded at the conflict’s conclusion.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00
Call 01273 482349 or visit www.thekeep.info to book a place

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/east-sussex-women-and-the-first-world-war-with-dr-chris-kempshall-2/

Mary Merrifield vignette 1851

In Search of Colour in the 1840s: Mrs Merrifield’s continental journey, with art historian and curator Dr Alexandra Loske

  • 29 March 2017 5:30-6:30pm

Mary Philadelphia Merrifield (1804–1889) was a remarkable, self-taught woman who spent most of her life in Brighton. She wrote about colour, dress history, marine algae and was actively involved in the shaping of the natural history collections at Brighton Museum in the later 19th century. In 1844, Merrifield was commissioned by Prime Minister Robert Peel to travel to France and Italy in search of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts on colour. Her account of these travels, in the form of lengthy letter to her husband in Brighton, is archived at The Keep. In this talk, Dr Alexandra Loske, a colour researcher herself, will introduce Merrifield and her varied work, showing surviving letters and other archive material.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00
Call 01273 482349 or visit www.thekeep.info/events to book a place

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/in-search-of-colour-in-the-1840s-mrs-merrifields-continental-journey-with-art-historian-and-curator-dr-alexandra-loske/

German Jewish records from the archive

German Jewish Families and the Holocaust with archivist Samira Teuteberg

  • 5 April 2017 5:30-6:30pm

The Holocaust was one of the most catastrophic events in the history of humankind. Through the stories of individual families archived at The Keep, Samira Teuteberg will explore the life of German Jews before, during and after the Third Reich. Archives contain a great variety of forms and formats and this is particularly true for collections from a personal and more domestic background. This talk will illustrate the way family photos, poetry, official documents, drawings and paintings show how the Holocaust unfolded and how individuals and families built new lives in the aftermath.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3.00 payable on the door
Call 01273 482349 or visit www.thekeep.info/events to book a place

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/german-jewish-families-and-the-holocaust-with-archivist-samira-teuteberg/

Coaches in Castle Square, Brighton

The Coach Roads to Brighton with author Geoff Hewlett

  • 25 April 2017 2:30-3:30pm

This talk will tell the story of the roads that carried stage coach traffic between London and Brighton from the mid -18th century to the end of the coaching era in the 1840s. They had to cross the sands, clays and chalk lands which all provided their own challenges. New techniques of road construction and coach building greatly improved the coach travellers’ experience. The story is, however, far more than a description of the physical landscape and coach construction. It is also about the coachmen themselves, and accidents, robberies, ghosts and gallows, plus many other incidents that bring the coaching age to life.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00
Call 01273 482349 or visit www.thekeep.info/events to book a place

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/the-coach-roads-to-brighton-with-author-geoff-hewlett/

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

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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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