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The e-newsletter of the Sussex Family History Group

The Keep is coming!

We have now reached the halfway stage in The Keep construction programme and despite the recent bad weather the building work continues to be on time and on budget. Most of the external brickwork is now complete and the photovoltaic panels have been installed on the plant room roof. A great deal of work is now being done inside the building. The mobile racking tracks have been laid down in the repository block and the installation of the mechanical and electrical works is now taking place throughout the building. The plant room on the second floor of the people block is rapidly filling up with all of the equipment that will be needed to ensure that the correct temperature and humidity levels are maintained throughout the building.

Historical resource centre for East Sussex and Brighton & Hove

Further progress is also being made outside the main building. The cycle path that runs down the whole length of the site has been completed. The energy centre that will house our biomass boiler is now watertight with the ductwork and pipes being installed under the car park to connect up to the people block.

Whilst the building work is going on we are continuing to work with our partners, including the Sussex Family History Group, on all of the internal furniture, fixtures, fittings and equipment including those of the SFHG room.

The Keep will take 93 weeks to build and we are aiming to open to the public later in 2013. Further information and updates on progress can be found on the County Council website at You can follow the progress of The Keep on Flickr, where new photographs are posted each month. o Wendy Walker, Senior Archivist and Programme Manager, ESRO.

August date changes

The August meeting - Life in an Edwardian Country House - of the Bognor Regis Meeting Centre moves forward a week to Thursday 2nd due to the hall being unavailable on the usual day. The meetings at West Meads Hall, Aldwick, Bognor Regis, PO21 5SB are usually held on the second Thursday of each month, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Tea or coffee available.

In August the Uckfield Meeting Centre has an 'Ask the experts' session. This takes place on Saturday 11th at 10am. The meetings at Luxford Day Centre, Library Way, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AA are usually on the second Monday of each month, 7pm for 7.30pm. Tea or coffee available.

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

New CDs published

Recently published by the Parish Register Transcription Society and available from SFHG Publications are more CDs of Parish Register transcriptions. These include Albourne, Bepton, Cocking, North Mundham and Selham.

See the publications listed on the SFHG website.

Petition for cheaper BMDs

There is an e-petition seeking a change to the current legislation governing the issue of English & Welsh birth, marriage and death certificates to allow the GRO the ability to issue cheaper "uncertified" copies of certificates for research purposes.

See for details of the petition and to sign. The petition closes on 12th August.