Staff and volunteers running the Secret Catch project for Community Stuff have been to visit The Keep where they received a tour of the centre and training on how to archive and retrieve information on the fishing families in Eastbourne.
The Keep is a world-class centre for archives that 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. It is also a centre of excellence for conservation and preservation and represents the new generation of archive buildings in the UK.
The combined collections have synergies and have been brought together to provide, under one roof, an unrivalled, detailed record of the region’s history, dating back over 900 years. These archives document the lives of individuals, places and events from across the county and beyond, and they include written records, maps and plans, prints and drawings, photographs and films, oral histories, and digital and electronic records.
The Keep’s archives will be a great resource as the history of Eastbourne fishing families is researched with students involved in the Secret Catch project at Causeway School.