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The Keep: turf cutting ceremony

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Anne Meadows, the leader of East Sussex County Council, Peter Jones, the leader of Brighton and Hove City Council Bill Randall and Professor Michael Farthing, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sussex

Open to public in 2013

The start of work on a new historical resource centre for East Sussex and Brighton and Hove was celebrated this week at a ‘turf cutting’ ceremony. East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and the University of Sussex are working in partnership to provide The Keep, which is being built at Woollards Field, Moulsecoomb near Falmer at a cost of £19m.  The new centre is due to open to the public in 2013.

Six miles of archives

Councillor Tony Freebody, Lead Member for Community Services at the County Council said: “The Keep will be the new home for over 900 years of historical resources and collections of local, national and international importance.  It will house over six miles of archives and when completed will be a wonderful resource for the people of East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.”

Current archive in Lewes

The current archive and record office at The Maltings in Lewes has been in operation since 1949 and the County Council accepts it is not fit for purpose.  In 2006, the National Archives inspection made it clear that the County Council needed to address this issue and make progress towards a new record office within five years.

Further information about The Keep can be found on the County Council’s website.


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