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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.
Brighton and the regency period

Brighton and the 'Regency' period, a phase of rapid change and grand ideas: a talk by Dr Sue Berry

  • 1 March 2016 5:30-6:30pm

This talk will explore key changes in early 19th-century Brighton, such as the construction of the grander housing schemes, the development of the first seafront road and its impact, and innovations such as the revamping of the Royal Pavilion and the construction of the Chain Pier.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 (Payment to be taken on the door. Please attempt to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the talk)

To book your place, visit www.thekeep.info/events or call 01273 482349.

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/brighton-and-the-regency-period-a-phase-of-rapid-change-and-grand-ideas-c1810-1830-a-talk-by-dr-sue-berry-3-00-admission/

Opening the Doris Lessing letters

  • 3 March 2016 4-7:30pm

An archive of letters written by Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing to an “erstwhile lover” has been opened by the University of Sussex – 23 years after it was first acquired.

Leonard Smith, whom Lessing addresses as “Smithie”, was a 19-year-old cadet pilot in the Royal Airforce when he first met the aspiring novelist in 1944 in Rhodesia. The 150 letters he received from her span several decades, revealing her views on sex, politics, and literature that were to inform some of her most celebrated works.

To celebrate the opening of these letters, a workshop, drinks reception and talk will be held. Please visit http://www.thekeep.info/events/opening-the-doris-lessing-letters/ for more information and to book your place (booking essential)

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/opening-the-doris-lessing-letters/

Palaeography

Palaeography workshop

  • 12 March 2016 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 the archive training course at University College London. Participants will be sent papers in advance and be expected to have read and absorbed them by the date of the seminar; there will also be unseen work, and students are encouraged to send or bring their own examples which can then be deciphered in class.

The cost of this workshop is £30.00. To book your place and make payment, please ring 01273 482349. Please ensure you have your debit/credit card details to hand.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£30.00 Please ring 01273 482349 to book your place and make payment.

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/keep-deciphering-palaeography-workshop/

The Keep tour

Tour of The Keep

  • 16 March 2016 1-1:30pm

Free behind-the-scenes tours of The Keep, including the stores where the documents are housed and the conservation studio. Limited to 10 places per tour.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

FREE, but booking is essential. Please visit www.thekeep.info/events or call 01273 482349.

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/keep-tour-8/

The BBC: A Century in British Life: a talk by Professor David Hendy

  • 14 April 2016 5:30-6:30pm

David Hendy, who has been commissioned to write a new authorised history of the BBC for its Centenary in 2022, talks about the role of the BBC in public life - and how we can use written archives and oral history recordings to help us recover a sense of how radio and television have been central in shaping our everyday experiences over the past century.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 (Payment to be taken on the door. Please attempt to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the talk)

To book your place, please visit www.thekeep.info/events or call 01273 482349.

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/the-bbc-a-century-in-british-life-a-talk-by-professor-david-hendy-3-00-admission/

Being Poor in East Sussex, 1600-1834 with County Archivist Elizabeth Hughes

  • 23 April 2016 10am-1pm

Before the welfare state, responsibility for poor relief was held at parish level. This half-day workshop will explore archives created by The Old Poor Law in East Sussex and Brighton and how they shed light on the personal stories of those affected. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10.00

To book your place and make payment, please ring 01273 482349 and have your debit/credit card details to hand.

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/being-poor-in-east-sussex-1600-1834-with-county-archivist-elizabeth-hughes-10-00-admission/

Early illustrated books

Early illustrated books of the Royal Pavilion and other royal palaces: a talk by Dr Alexandra Loske

  • 11 May 2016 5:30-6:30pm

Dr Alexandra Loske will tell the story behind some of the early books on the development of the Royal Pavilion estate and the palace itself. She will explain the context of royal patronage, book design and illustration methods, and will show John Nash’s The Royal Pavilion at Brighton (1826) and Humphry Repton’s Designs for the Pavillon at Brighton (1808), which are among the most beautiful rare books from the period. There will also be a chance to see William Henry Pyne’s History of the Royal Residences.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 (Payment to be taken on the door. Please attempt to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the talk)

To book your place, visit www.thekeep.info/events or call 01273 482349

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/early-illustrated-books-of-the-royal-pavilion-and-other-royal-palaces-a-talk-by-dr-alexandra-loske-3-00-admission/

The Keep tour

Tour of The Keep

  • 11 May 2016 1-1:30pm

Free behind-the-scenes tours of The Keep, including the stores where the documents are housed and the conservation studio. Limited to 10 places per tour.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE, but booking is essential. Please visit www.thekeep.info/events or call 01273 482349.

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/keep-tour-9/

Jayne Shrimpton

Dating and Understanding Family Photographs, 1840-1940, with professional dress historian Jayne Shrimpton

  • 7 June 2016 2-4pm

Learn how to date your old family photographs using various photo dating techniques and discover more about the occasions that prompted our ancestors to have their photograph taken. This illustrated talk is followed by a photograph dating session, so do bring an old photo!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.50

To book your place and make payment, please ring 01273 482349 and have your debit/credit card details to hand.

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/dating-and-understanding-family-photographs-1840-1940-with-professional-dress-historian-jayne-shrimpton-7-50-admission/

Lowther's Lambs

Lowther’s Lambs at The Boar’s Head: a talk by Dr Chris Kempshall

  • 29 June 2016 5:30-6:30pm

On 30 June 1916, the men of the Southdowns Battalions, 'Lowther's Lambs', went over the top at 'The Boar's Head', near Richebourg in France. What happened next has become known as 'The Day that Sussex Died'. This talk will tell the story of what happened that day, and how these volunteer battalions gave their lives in an attempt to ensure success for the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 (Payment to be taken on the door. Please attempt to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the talk)

To book your place, please visit www.thekeep.info/events or call 01273 482349.

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/events/lowthers-lambs-at-the-boars-head-a-talk-by-dr-chris-kempshall-3-00-admission/

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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