The Keep’s Open Day

Date(s) - 15/09/2018
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: The Keep Archives



Come and meet The Keep’s staff and find out more about our archives and the work we do to conserve and make them accessible. Once again, we’ll be offering behind-the-scenes tours, talks and practical advice for local and family historians. There will be a chance to find out more about the Sussex Family History Group, Mass Observation, and the Historic Environment team, as well as the opportunity to view exhibitions of original archive material from the University of Sussex Special Collections, the East Sussex Record Office, and Royal Pavilion and Museums local history collections. County Archivist Christopher Whittick will be holding special Question & Answer sessions between 11am and noon, and from 2-3pm, so if you need help deciphering deeds, reading old handwriting or getting to grips with local or family history, now is your chance!

We’ll also be hosting free talks from Dr Chris Kempshall on East Sussex women and the First World War, and Frances Stenlake will be returning to discuss the contributions made by Brighton and East Sussex Suffragists to the campaign for female suffrage. We will be commemorating the centenary of the Armistice in 1918 and celebrating extraordinary women represented in our archives, some of whom had won the right to vote for the first time in the same year. There’ll also be tea and cakes, and lots of hands-on activities for families and children! All welcome!

Open Day Tours

We will be running behind-the-scenes tours of the The Keep featuring the public Reference and Reading Rooms, repositories where we store the archives, the digitisation suite, and the Conservation studio, where we clean and care for our collections. Tours will last approximately 45 minutes and will be run throughout the day at the following times:







If you would like to pre-book on a tour, please call us on 01273 482349.