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The e-newsletter of the Sussex Family History Group

Ruby Anniversary

The Family & Local History Day in May was a great success and a chance for all to discover more about researching their family and local history from the various local societies present.

During the year we are running a Family History Competition. The class for under 13s has now closed (there were a very creditable 74 entries) but entries for the other classes can still be submitted up to the 31st October closing date.

Our flagship Sussex Marriage Index CD is, for all of this year, available from our bookstalls at the special anniversary price of £18.37 (plus the usual postage & packing and credit/debit card surcharge on mail order purchases).

On Saturday October 12th we will again be at Clair Hall for an Anniversary Social Evening (5.30pm to 11pm). This is open to members only. Tickets are £5 each and available from the Chairman, cheques payable to SFHG.

There is more information about these celebratory activities on the website and in the Sussex Family Historian.

Out & about

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

On Sunday 21st July we'll be attending Family Roots (Eastbourne & District) FHS's biennial 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 28th July on the promenade to the west of the Lido.

Saturday 21st September will see us at Littlehampton Museum's Family History: Ask The Experts day. The museum is at Manor House, Church Street, Littlehampton, BN17 5EW. The event will be held from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Admission free.

On Sunday 29th September SFHG's bookstall will be attending Hampshire Genealogical Society's family history Open Day. This is at Horndean Technology College, Merchistoun Road, Horndean, PO8 9PQ from 10am to 4pm. Admission free.

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

The Keep: Five months to go?

East Sussex Record Office and Brighton History Centre are now both closed pending the move of over six miles of archives into The Keep - the new historical resource centre for East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

Located in Woollards Field, Moulsecoomb, The Keep will enable the public to trace the history of their local community through documents dating back nine centuries. The building brings together archives from Brighton & Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council, the Special Collections of the University of Sussex (including the Mass Observation Archive) and the Sussex Family History Group. Following almost two years of construction, the £19 million building is set to open to the public in November.

The barcoding of archives to be transferred to The Keep, including 85,000 containers from the Maltings in Lewes alone, has been ongoing for 18 months. In a process that is expected to take three months the first items to arrive were from the outstore in Hailsham. All new archive material brought into The Keep can be cleared of damp and insect infestation by being vacuum packed and put in a high-powered freezer operating at -40C.

In the meantime, while archives are being moved, visitors can use digital archives available in Lewes Library and the Jubilee Library in Brighton.

Further information about The Keep can be found on the County Council's website at

SFHG Library update

Our SFHG Library currently located in St Michaels Church House, Lewes will be closing at the end of September to permit the move to The Keep.

Until then cataloguing and preparation of our holdings will be continuing. So, if visiting in the near future, it may be advisable to check the availability of items you wish to consult. E-mail the Library Secretary (