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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: the Paris Commune Documents by Emma Johnson



From 18th-28th March 1871, French insurgents rebelled against the French Government and took over the city of Paris. The French citizens called for ‘liberte, egalite and fraternite’ against, what they believed to be, a corrupt government. I have been working on some of the posters that were used to incite rebellion against the Government; the […]

Places in Special Collections: Worktown



Before starting my internship, I worked at The Keep as a temporary Archive Assistant for East Sussex Record Office. One of my responsibilities was to ‘pick’ boxes from the repository and deliver them to the production room, ready for readers to see. This hands-on process was my introduction to the Mass Observation Archive (MOA). A lot of the […]

Asa Briggs Internship with University of Sussex Special Collections: First Two Weeks



It’s hard to believe that I’ve only been working with Special Collections for two weeks; I feel like I’ve learnt so much already. Getting to know the team through hands-on experience has been great. Highlights have included supporting Fiona, Kirsty and Rose deliver workshops with university students. And shadowing a session led by Suzanne, which […]

We are at The Keep!



  We did it! We are finally at The Keep! All our archives, collections and staff have moved in and now you can come and visit us! Take a look at The Keep’s website for more details about how to do so. I particularly recommend that you read the page about visiting The Keep as this talks you through the registration […]

A new start…



Gosh, it has been a while since we updated this blog, hasn’t it? Over a year now! You will (hopefully) be pleased to know that we are re-launching  the blog  as the one for the University of Sussex’s Special Collections and Mass Observation Archive. This is because the University of Sussex Collection cataloguing project has now […]