ImageMatt Taylor the Prospective Member of Parliament (PMP) for Brighton Kemptown welcomes the visit of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to formally open The Keep on Halloween’s Day.

He says, “The Queen is coming to Moulsecoomb! This is historic news for our community and the best possible way to commemorate the opening of the latest archive centre in the country. I want to invite her to Moulsecoomb again to open The Bevy Pub!”


This prestigious royal opening is in recognition of the fact that The Keep will be one of the finest historic and archive centres in the UK. Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will tour the building, where-after the Queen will unveil a specially commissioned plaque, inside The Keep.

Putting Moulsecoomb on the Map.

The royal visit is the latest in a long line of successes for Moulsecoomb.

  • Moulsecoomb Primary School won School of the Year 2012.
  • The Bevy Pub won the prestigious Evening Argus Business in the Community award 2013.
  • The Amex Stadium announce plans for a new hotel and student accommodation, creating much needed jobs.
  • The Bridge Community resource centre is getting a new and permanent home.
  • The new Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.
  • The new Amex Stadium, Sussex University and Brighton Racquet Club are all within walking distance.


The Keep, rooms and facilities

Public search rooms and research facilities will be available for all visitors to use. These facilities will include:


  • Repository block – built to house over six miles of archives with space for future collections. The temperature and other conditions have to be just right to preserve the collections perfectly.
  • Public search rooms and group research areas – for anyone wanting to research and explore the collections.
  • Learning and multifunction rooms – for school classes, student groups and adult learners to engage in interactive and creative learning with archives. These rooms can also be opened out to host a wide range of community activities, including workshops and events for up to 150 people.
  • Oral history recording room – to record and preserve the memories and stories of life, people and events from the past.
  • Staff facilities – including a conservation workshop and a digitisation suite. These will let staff preserve and provide hands-on and online access to the collections.
  • Space to work with staff – for volunteers, students and community groups to work with staff and learn new skills to help preserve the archives.
  • Electronic preservation facilities – equipment and facilities to preserve electronic archives and digital media.
  • Café area – situated on the ground floor, visitors can buy, or bring their own, food and drink.

Anyone wishing to be in the Royal welcoming party, organised on behalf of the County Archivist, should contact Lianna Jarrett Associates on 01273 328683 or email no later than 4pm on Thursday 24th October.



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