The Keep is a new, state of the art archive centre in Falmer that opened in October 2013, and its pretty much on BACA’s doorstep. The Keep opens up access to all the collections of the East Sussex Record Office (ESRO), the Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collections and the internationally significant University of Sussex Special Collections. The Keep houses over six miles of archives in three storeys!!
The Keep is also the new home for the Mass Observation Archive, which specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. It contains papers generated by the original Mass Observation social research organisation (1937 to early 1950s), and newer material collected since 1981. The collection includes letters, diaries, responses to questionnaires (directives), surveys and ephemera, which provide rich and unique personal accounts of everyday life in Britain.
As part of the BACA/PACA Family Album project, artists Alex, Marysa and James are taking their student groups to visit the Keep in early March to investigate material relating to the family to inspire and inform their project work.