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Local records
Earlier this week, I went to visit the site of The Keep, the new Archive and Record Office for East Sussex, which is currently under construction at Falmer, just outside of Brighton. Like many people in the area, I have mixed feelings about the loss of the Brighton History Centre, once Brighton Reference Library, that...
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Research your family tree using local libraries
So yesterday, I put on my specs and my best brown sandals and headed out on an exploratory visit to Brighton History Centre to reacquaint myself with local records. I have to confess an interest and an affinity with the place.  My mother worked in what was then Brighton Reference Library when I was a...
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East End Family History
In the opening of The Go-Between (1953), the novelist L.P. Hartley wrote famously: “The past is a foreign country…”.  The phrase has been overused to the point of proverb, but it returned to mind recently when working on the history of an East End London family in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  This family...
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