The Keep Open Day

The Keep Open Day


Date(s) – 01/02/2014
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: The Keep

Open Day Poster

Come and visit us on Saturday 1 February to find out more about The Keep. Be inspired by some of the treasures in our collections.

The programme includes exciting events for adults such as tours of the new building and conservation demonstrations as well as family activities that explore some of the fun and fascinating stories in our collections.

Entry and all activities are free!

Recommended for adults

Welcome to The Keep tours
11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
Duration: 40 mins

Numbers limited, booking recommended. Please call 01273 482349 to secure a place in advance or on the day.

This is an exciting opportunity to find out more about The Keep, its collections and the building. Tours include behind-the-scenes visits to our strongroom and Conservation studio where you can find out how to handle and look after paper documents.

Keep researching
11am, 12.30 & 2pm
Duration: 40 mins

Numbers limited, booking recommended. Please call 01273482349 to secure a place in advance or on the day.

Get started on The Keep website and accessing the collections with our archivists. Find out how to make the best of our website and collections

Treasures of The Keep Talks

12pm (20 mins) Find out more about the treasures of East Sussex Record Office

1.30pm (20 mins) Find out more about the Brighton History Centre collections

2.30pm (20 mins) Find out more about the University of Sussex Special Collections Archive

Recommended for families and children aged 5+

Make your own family book
11am -3pm
Drop in

Learn how to make a book and use our fantastic maps, diaries and photographs as inspiration to illustrate it with the most important people, places and memories that tell the story of your family.

Be a conservator
Duration: 20 mins

Try your hand at cleaning some of our treasures and find out more about looking after them.

Keep storytelling
12.30pm, 1 & 2pm
Duration: 30 mins

Be an archive explorer and uncover some of the fascinating stories in our collections, through this interactive music and storytelling session. You will get to meet and talk to some very mysterious characters from the past.

Keep happy
Drop in

What is happiness? Get inspired by the Mass Observation Happiness Directive and tell us what happiness means to you.

Make your own Roman charm
Drop in

Come and find out what a Roman bulla is and make our own.
The Historic Environment Records officer will show you how to access local archaeological information and resources.

The Sussex Family History Group and other family History societies from across the County will be at hand to offer guidance on researching your family history.

Refreshments will not be provided but there is a refreshments area in the main reception where you are welcome to consume your own food and drink.