Friday 7 October 2011

Work starts on the Keep

The start of work on a new historical resource centre for East Sussex and Brighton and Hove, "The Keep" will be celebrated this week at a ‘turf cutting’ at the Woollards Field site.
East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and the University of Sussex are working in partnership to provide The Keep, at a cost of £19m.  The new centre is due to open to the public in 2013.
Councillor Bill Randall, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, said: “We’re really excited that The Keep is underway. It will be a wonderful resource for residents across Sussex bringing so many archives together for the first time. It will provide an outstanding facility for people of all ages to enjoy and learn about our rich and colourful history.”
Councillor Tony Freebody, Lead Member for Community Services at the County Council said: “The Keep will be the new home for over 900 years of historical resources and collections of local, national and international importance.  It will house over six miles of archives and when completed will be a wonderful resource for the people of East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.”
University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor Professor Farthing said: “The Keep is an excellent collaboration - a purpose-built facility that will house the county’s valuable collections and the University’s own extraordinary archives and the combined expertise of county and university archivists, for the benefit of the whole community.”
(From a City Council press release.)

The question of what will happen to Brighton's centrally located History Centre has still to be decided.

Related post: "The Keep gets a go-ahead"

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