[ The Keep Archive Centre ]
About The Keep
The Keep is a world class centre for archives giving access to all the collections of the East Sussex County Record Office, the Royal Pavilion & Museums local history archives and audio collection and the University of Sussex special collections.
The combined collections provide a record of the region's history, dating back over 900 years. The Keep also houses the Sussex Family History Group library and the Historic Environment Record database, which records sites, finds and monuments from prehistory to modern times.
In this room, which is available to everyone, you will find the reference library, including trade and street directories, microfilms and fiche and East Sussex baptism index cards. You can also use online reference material and view digital images of some of our popular resources.
To access this room you must have a Reader's Card. In here you can consult original documents and maps ordered from the strong room.
Group Work Room
This room can be booked in advance by groups wishing to use documents from the Reading Room.
Computer and Internet Access
There is free wi-fi available for use with your own laptop or tablet; all desks have power points for laptops. Desktop computers with internet access are also available in the Reference and Reading Rooms. You can consultour online catalogue plus other useful websites such as Ancestry, Find My Past and The British Library Newspaper Archive.