The Keep

A world class centre and major new facility for archives, opening 19 November 2013


The Keep, an exceptional building, will house the collections of the East Sussex County Record Office, the Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collection, and the internationally significant University of Sussex Special Collections, and the Sussex Family History Group library and headquarters.

Designed by Atkins, internationally renowned architects, The Keep will open up access to these combined collections which will provide an unrivalled, detailed record of the region’s history, dating back over 900 years. The three collections have synergies, and bringing them together will present a concentration of collection management expertise and wide-ranging economies of scale.

The building has been designed for different people to use in different ways. There will be greater access to historical material for scholars and specialist researchers, the adult and community sectors, schools, colleges, universities and businesses such as solicitors, architects and developers.

The Keep, which will house six and a half miles of archives and room for ten miles in total, has been designed to be long lasting, easily maintained and sustainable. It will have as low a carbon “footprint” as is possible and will be the most sustainable archive building of its type in the country.