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.
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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