Ar­chives & re­sources for Brighton

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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

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