The Keep opened in October 2013. It’s an archive and historical resource centre which stores information to do with East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council. The University of Sussex‘s Special Collections are also included, including the records of the Mass Observation project.The Sussex Family History Group are based in the building and has moved its library there. Facilities are provided for public access and research.
The Keep has many opportunities for learners. School visits can be organised or the staff can also visit any school.
They have primary original sources, oral history, film,photographs, maps and postcards to help people to understand national themes from a local perspective. The collections can be used to learn about History Maths, Science, Technology, English and Literacy, Photography, Geography and Design.Some of the records stored at The Keep are 900 years old.