The Keep is a new state-of-the-art historical resource centre at Falmer opened by Her Majesty The Queen on the 31st October 2013. The £19m project was developed in partnership between East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and the University of Sussex. The new building houses the archives of East Sussex and Brighton & Hove that were held at the East Sussex Record Office, the local history and photographic collections of the Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove, and the Special Collections of the University of Sussex including the Kipling papers, the Bloomsbury collections and the internationally renowned Mass Observation Archive. The Sussex Family History Group now have their library and headquarters in the new building.
The Keep houses over 6 miles of archives and resources dating back over 900 years including written records, maps and plans, photographs, films, oral history, prints and drawings, digital and electronic records. The Centre is a vibrant community resource providing hands-on and on-line opportunities for people to investigate their own and local history. It includes rooms and research areas for schools, colleges, university students and academics as well as a range of activities and events for all sections of the community. Uniting all of these complementary resources for the first time. It has increased public access and provides great opportunities for collaborative learning and the development of new skills. It has now opened up the collections to new audiences of all ages across the county, as well as providing a resource for national and international visitors
The Lord-Lieutenant, as Keeper of the Rolls (Custos Rotolorum) in East Sussex, is a great supporter of the new centre. He is President of the Friends of East Sussex Records Office and keen that anyone connected with East Sussex can access our heritage records.