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The e-newsletter of the Sussex Family History Group

The Keep is coming!

Following our update to members in June's SFH we have been making progress with our detailed designs for the new building (RIBA Stage D) and these have now been approved by the Project Board. The next stage (RIBA Stage E) will be starting shortly and we will be working on the detailed specifications for this design over the summer and into the autumn.

Members either visited our exhibition events or completed the survey

The public consultations came to a close at the end of May with many people responding to our survey either online or by completing the hard copy survey form. We are very grateful to all those members who either visited our exhibition events or completed the survey. We are now analysing all of the results and these will be available at the end of the month. As well as carrying out a statistical analysis of the survey data we are also recording all of the comments that were made, including those from members at your Annual Conference.

The results of all our consultations will form part of the Statement of Community Involvement for our planning application later in the summer. We will also be looking through all of these results and using them to inform the next design stage.

The final draft of our Activity Plan has now been received and is being reviewed ready for the final version. This piece of work looks at all of the things that we hope to do in The Keep and includes an Action Plan suggesting activities that can be carried out both in the run up to opening and in the longer term. We will now be looking at all of this information to draw up a programme and identify resources to put this into action in preparation for The Keep. Work on our Business Plan is also reaching a conclusion to determine all of the resources that we will need to maintain and run The Keep in the long term.

The information on The Keep that was launched on our website ( for the consultations is still available to view and we will be updating this as our work progresses. We are very much looking forward to working with the Sussex Family History Group more closely as our plans for The Keep take shape and we start to look at how we will all be able to work together in The Keep. • Wendy Walker, Senior Archivist and Programme Manager, ESRO.

You know what sailors are!

The Merchant Navy will be the subject of Jeanne Bunting's talk at Crawley Meeting Centre's meeting on Wednesday 28 July.

They meet at the Tilgate Community Centre, Shackleton Road, Crawley, RH10 5DF on the last Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm.

See the SFHG website for programmes for the whole year for all the meeting centres.

SFHG Data Archive

The Data Archive is an ongoing project through which we aim to make available much of our transcribed data exclusively for members to access free.

Data is gradually being uploaded to the SFHG Data Archive. There are now around 2.2 million records - in particular all the baptisms from the Baptismal Index. Also available are names from the Sussex People Index, burials and census data.

To view this data use the username and password as used for the Members Only pages on the SFHG website. There is guidance on searching or browsing the data on the website.


Volunteers have produced most of the many publications and indexes available to SFHG members. And the work goes on.

There is a band of members presently transcribing, recording, checking, and entering information into computer databases, led by a small team of project leaders.

So don't just sit there - think what you can do to help your fellow members. If you have time to spare and would like to help please complete the volunteers questionnaire on the website.

Savings on history magazines for SFHG members

Members are offered discounts on subscriptions to a wide range of history and archaeology magazines. For example 40% off the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? magazine; save 30% on Your Family Tree; a 25% saving on Current Archaeology; or History Today at a 21% discount. You can see all the history special offers here:

The SFHG could receive £5 for every subscription taken out (whether for a history title or any other on the site).