Monday, 29 April 2013

East Sussex Record Office on the move

Thanks to Wendy Archer for sending the following announcement written by Elizabeth Hughes at East Sussex Record Office (

East Sussex Record Office is moving to The Keep this summer. The current search room at The Maltings will close for good on 31 May and will reopen in The Keep later this year.

While we are closed staff and volunteers will be able to focus on preparing millions of historical documents from our three sites for transfer to The Keep and supervising the move itself, which will take about four months to complete. We will also be building and testing our new website, online catalogue and document ordering system ready for reopening.

We will continue to answer as many postal and email enquiries as we can and to provide our paid research and copying services during the closure period subject to staff and document availability.

The Keep is a new state-of-the art centre at Moulsecoomb which will bring together the archives and other historical resources of East Sussex and Brighton & Hove and the Special Collections of the University of Sussex under one roof for the first time and will also include the library and headquarters of the Sussex Family History Group.

We will be sad to leave The Maltings but we look forward to welcoming users to the excellent new facilities at The Keep towards the end of the year.

Please keep an eye on our website for the latest news and sign up to our ‘Keep in Touch Campaign’ : email archives @

Elizabeth Hughes

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