The Keep

History on the move

A new historical resource centre could be built by 2012.

The Keep is an exciting and innovative development to house the archives and historical resources of East Sussex and Brighton & Hove dating back over 900 years. The purpose-built centre would be created near Falmer, at Woollards Field.

New public facilities at The Keep will open up access to all of these collections in new and exciting ways, providing a one-stop shop for all our visitors. The centre will be a vibrant community resource providing hands-on and online opportunities for people to investigate their own and local history. As well as a state-of-the-art search room, it will include rooms and research areas for schools, colleges and university students as well as a range of activities and facilities for all sections of the community.

The project is being developed as a partnership between East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and the University of Sussex. Other partners include the Sussex Family History Group and widespread consultations are being held with other organisations and individuals including FESRO. Outline design work for the new building is now underway.

In December 2008 the first round bid made to the Heritage Lottery Fund was unsuccessful. This was very disappointing news as the partners had put in an excellent bid but it is evident that, in the current financial climate, lottery funding is even harder to secure. However, the partners involved in the plans for a new record office are now looking at alternative design solutions for The Keep in order to protect our invaluable archives and records.

Further news of progress will be announced later in the year.

Comments and enquiries

For further details and to give us your views please contact:
Wendy Walker,
Senior Archivist and Programme Manager,
East Sussex Record Office
Tel: 01273 482260