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Out & about

Over the next couple of months SFHG will be out and about at these four events.

If you're in the vicinity, do please come along to see us

On Sunday 24 July we'll be attending Family Roots (Eastbourne & District) FHS's 25th Anniversary Open Day. This is at the Ocklynge County Junior School, Victoria Drive, Eastbourne, BN20 8XN from 10am to 4.30pm. Admission £2. (Family Roots)

As usual SFHG will be taking the sea air at the Worthing Seafront Charity Fair. This is on Sunday 31 July (on the promenade west of the Lido).

On Saturday 6 August (10am-3pm) we'll be at the open day being organized by the Friends of Broadwater & Worthing Cemetery. The main entrance of Broadwater Cemetery is in South Farm Road (BN14 7TP).

Saturday 27 August will see us at Bexhill Museum's Family & Local History Day from 11am to 5pm. The newly refurbished museum is located in Egerton Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN39 3HL. (Bexhill Museum)

If you're in the vicinity, do please come along to see us.

WDYTYA? - new series

There are ten 'celebs' lined up for the eighth series of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' to be screened on BBC this year.

The family histories of J K Rowling, June Brown, Alan Carr, Sebastian Coe, Larry Lamb, Emilia Fox, Richard Madeley, Len Goodman, Tracey Emin and Robin Gibb are due to be featured.

The Keep is coming!

I am delighted to be able to tell you that we are now busy planning our start on site for the construction of The Keep at the end of this month. The contractor's proposals have been accepted and we are preparing to enter into the main construction contract that will enable us to begin work on our new building at Woollards Field in Brighton.

The Keep will take seventy-five weeks to build and be followed by a three month testing period for the environmental controls in the Repository Block, so that the building can be licensed by The National Archives. We are aiming to open to the public later in 2013.

Further work will now been done with all our partners on our internal furniture, fixtures and fittings including those for the Sussex Family History Group room. We have also started work on our branding and marketing and are currently working with consultants on the new logo for The Keep. Representatives from SFHG have been taking part in the focus groups for this work.

Further details of our start on site and the progress of our building works can be found on the County Council's website at We will be keeping a full photographic record of the construction of The Keep and will be updating our website on a regular basis once the site works are underway. • Wendy Walker, Senior Archivist and Programme Manager, ESRO.

Friends of the Brighton History Centre

At last, work really is about to start on the building of The Keep. Yet the precise fate of the Brighton History Centre remains unclear. Public transport and pedestrian access to The Keep also remains a significant concern, particularly for less mobile users of the facility and those travelling from the south, e.g. Brighton & Hove.

On Friday 22 July, at 11am in the Education Pavilion at Brighton Museum, there will be an opportunity to ask questions about what is proposed for the Brighton History Centre as well as related issues. Present will be some of the key players in the proposed move: Janita Bagshawe - Head of Royal Pavilion and Museums, Dr Sarah Posey - Head of Collections, Interpretation and Learning, and Wendy Walker - Senior Archivist and Programme Manager for The Keep.

Access to the Education Pavilion is via the Museum main entrance. We will gather in the foyer beforehand but, obviously, go straight to the Education Pavilion if you arrive at the last minute! If you have ever used, or intend to use, our wonderful Brighton History Centre, please do attend if you can.

Please also consider joining the Friends of the Brighton History Centre's online forum, if you haven't already. Please go to, click on 'Join this Group' and follow the instructions. • Ninka Willcock.

New editor required for Sussex Family Historian

The Sussex Family History Group is looking for a new editor for its quarterly journal Sussex Family Historian to commence with the March 2012 issue.

The editor is responsible for the creation of the around 60-page magazine four times a year, including receipt of submissions, choices for publication, copyediting, page layout, proof reading, and transmission of the artwork to the printers.

An in depth knowledge of family history research not necessary. Likewise, previous publishing experience isn't essential. Rather it's a rewarding opportunity for someone with fresh ideas and fresh enthusiasm to take SFH further.

Anyone interested in volunteering for this role should contact the SFHG Chairman (