East Sussex Record Office

East Sussex Record Office holds documents relating to the area dating back 900 years. The Keep, where the Office is based, also offers access to the Royal Pavilion and Museums Local History Collections and the University of Sussex Special Collections.

These records include written records, maps and plans, prints and drawings, photographs and films, oral histories and digital and electronic records.

Whether you wish to research the history of a house, discover more about the history of your local community or research your family history, you will find the documents held of use.  The knowledgeable and helpful staff on always on hand should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about East Sussex Record Office


East Sussex Record Office 
The Keep
Woollards Way

Telephone Number:

01273 482349 



For further information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and their Collections page.  Collections held by the Office include:

  • Census Returns
  • Newspapers
  • Parish Registers
  • Probate records
  • Quarter Sessions
  • Street Directories
  • Trade Directories

For details of their opening hours, please visit their opening hours page.

The Office has a car park where there is space for 57 cars and one coach.  There are also 10 disabled spaces.  

Falmer Railway Station is the closest railway station to the Archive.  If coming from Brighton, you have to go through the gates on platform 2 and then use the green coloured bridge to cross the railway.  

You then have to go through the gates on platform 1, and proceed down the pathway and then turn right.  There is a small tunnel which you walk under and then if you turn left The Keep is ahead of you.  If coming from Lewes, follow the directions from platform 1.

Buses 23, 25, 28 and 5B stop nearby.

You are advised to book before visiting on a weekday, this being essential if you wish to visit on a Saturday to avoid disappointment when you arrive. Booking is especially important for people travelling a long distance.

As some documents are held off-site, you need to complete a viewing request form to tell the Archives what documents you need to access, and this should be done at least a week in advance of your visit. 

They offer a research service for people unable to visit in person.  

The Archive is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

For further information regarding Record Offices in Sussex, please visit my page regarding West Sussex Archive.

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