Archives & resources for Brighton
East Sussex Record Office
The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton BN1 9BP 01273 482349 thekeep@ eastsussex.gov.uk thekeep.info Looks after registers for East Sussex, including Brighton and Hove, parish chest material, nonconformist registers, registers of cemeteries, guardians’ records, tithe maps and electoral registers. It also has quarter sessions material for the county, the county council archives, plus probate material from the Archdeaconry of Lewes – will registers, registered and unregistered wills, and probate inventories. The Keep also holds collections formerly housed at the Brighton History Centre, with more than 20,000 books and pamphlets, county newspapers ( back to 1749), Brighton papers ( back to 1806), and the Argus back to 1880.
University of Sussex, Special Collections
sussex.ac.uk/ library/ specialcollections These include the papers of Rudyard Kipling, the New Statesman Archive, collections relating to the Bloomsbury Group, the Mass Observation Archive and the university’s own archives.
Sussex Family History Group
SFHG Library, The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton BN1 9BP secretary@ sfhg.org.uk www.sfhg.org.uk Founded in 1972, the group has six meeting centres in Brighton & Hove, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Uckfield and Worthing. As well as a quarterly journal, the Sussex Family
Historian, the SFHG has several major digital databases of members’ interests, marriages, census returns, parish records, strays and wills. The SFHG’s research library is based at The Keep in Falmer, but make sure you check the website for details of opening times. It is normally open each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 10am- 4pm.
The Regency Society of Brighton and Hove
regencysociety.org This group was formed to protect Brighton’s Regency period suburbs. The website includes the fully digitised photographic collection of local collector James Gray ( regencysociety- jamesgray.com).
The Regency Town House
rth.org.uk The Regency Town House heritage centre offers lots of ways to get involved in preserving Brighton's history. It is looking for volunteers for its Here in the Past project, which will build on the work of its earlier MyHouseMyStreet website, to create a detailed picture of the city's past residents and their lives. Visit the website to find out how you can participate in this fascinating project.
Sussex Online Parish Clerks
sussex- opc.org A Sussex-wide database that includes more than 365,000 baptisms and 12,000 names of people mentioned in the 1641 protestation returns. Sussex Record Society www.sussexrecordsociety.org/ olb Founded in 1901, the society has published more than 90 volumes of records. The latest volume (June 2016) is Littlehampton School Logbook, 1871-1911, which joins the likes of East Sussex Coroners’ Records, 1688-1838 (volume 89). Many volumes can be viewed online for free – such as the Sussex Apprentices and Masters, 1710-52. Other heritage groups Other groups in the wider area surrounding Brighton include Hastings & Rother ( hrfhs.org.uk), Eastbourne & District ( eastbournefhs.org.uk), Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society ( www.brightonarch.org.uk), the Sussex Heritage Trust ( sussexheritagetrust.org.uk) and the West Sussex Archives Society ( westsussexarchivessociety. webplus.net).
Brighton Royal Pavilion and Museums
brightonmuseums.org.uk Find out more about the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum, Hove Museum, Preston Manor and Booth Museum.
West Sussex Record Office
Searchroom, 3 Orchard Street, Chichester PO19 1DD 01243 753602 record.office@ westsussex.gov.uk
www.westsussex.gov.uk/ leisure- recreation-and- community/ history- and- heritage Explore records from the surrounding area including parish registers, wills, electoral registers, censuses and GRO indexes, plus the Royal Sussex Regiment collection. Search images, indexes and catalogue material via
The Keep's state- of-the-art facilities include a reference centre and reading rooms
The Keep, constructed in 2013, is well worth a visit