East Sussex Volunteering

The East Sussex Poor Law project works with archival research volunteers at The Keep in Falmer near Brighton. We warmly welcome new volunteers to our group.

Main purpose of Role: To be part of a team of volunteers numbering, cataloguing and transcribing data from eighteenth and early nineteenth century Poor Law bills and receipts. In addition volunteers may wish to research and write, or assist in writing biographies of those that appear in these documents for inclusion on the ‘The Poor Law: small bills and petty finance’ project website.  The research work involved is central to a larger project to understand the history of the Old Poor Law and the parish community.

What does the role involve?

  • Handling, numbering and assessing overseers’ bills and receipts (vouchers)
  • Inputting information to an online form to enhance the archival catalogue and provide an invaluable research resource
  • Conducting archival research into the lives and circumstances of those involved with the Old Poor Law
  • Attending regular feed-back meetings (every 4-6 weeks) to discuss and share the progress of the project
  • Writing biographies or blog posts (Optional).


  • Regular research sessions will be held on Tuesday afternoons, 2-4pm
  • Trained volunteer researchers can work independently and flexibly in The Keep
  • Trained volunteers can spend a session numbering and photographing the documents at The Keep for processing from home.


  • The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP
  • If you have access to a desktop computer or laptop then you can work at home with digital images.