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Restitution – Exploring the Papers of Leo Einhorn by Samira Teuteberg.



    Due to the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex, Special Collections holds a number of collections of family papers that were donated by people who came to the UK as refugees in the 1930s and 1940s. Recently the  University has been able to secure project funding to catalogue and digitise […]

University of Sussex: Celebrating summer graduation!



By Emma Johnson, University of Sussex Special Collections Intern. It’s that time of year again…another academic year has flown by and the class of 2015 are graduating! Graduation can often be a strange time for students- it’s a time to celebrate their hard work and academic achievements but to also reflect upon their time at […]

Happiness and The Keep Family Open Day



What makes you happy? This is what the Mass Observation Project staff asked people on Saturday 1st February at The Keep’s first Family Open Day. Over 300 people came through the doors, to hear talks about the collections, take part in tours of the building, get involved in activities and generally have a taste of […]




So, Jessica and I had a great day at TEDx on Friday. Having been hooked by lots of inspiring online TED talks over the past year, it was exciting to be invited to hold a stand in the Ideas Lab and to hear some thought provoking speakers, that certainly didn’t disappoint! Our stand was busy […]

What is happiness? Some upcoming events…



Although we are currently very busy preparing to open in our new home at The Keep we are still finding the time and energy to organise some events and get out and about. Hopefully you will be able to pay us a visit at one of the Mass Observation Archive’s upcoming events… On the 25th […]

The First Plan



I had 6 months funding to complete a 3 year project.  Clearly I would have to prioritise. To be clear, my project goals were: Catalogue University of Sussex records to Item level using ISAD (G) compliant cataloguing procedures. Identify personal paper collections and assess their suitability for researcher access according to the Data Protection Act. […]

How do they catalogue that? Research, research, research.



It has been a couple of months since my last post and I thought I would start afresh with the first of a series of posts that will provide an explanation of the process of cataloguing a large collection of University records. Being presented with 1000 boxes of archival material and then told to go […]

Archive discovery



The pleasure of opening a box and discovering something that hasn’t been seen by human eyes in years is a pleasure that an archivist experiences more than most.  I have been fortunate in opening many such boxes in the past year as I have been cataloguing the University of Sussex Collection held in Special Collections […]