Letter in the Attic

About Letter in the Attic

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About Letter in the Attic

About the catalogue

This is the online catalogue for the Letter in the Attic collection of letters, diaries and other personal papers related to Brighton and Hove. The collection was created through an appeal to the public during 2007-8.

This catalogue lists all the items in the collection. Some of these items are original documents, and some are scanned copies, depending on whether the contributors wished to donate the originals. Where possible, all the scans have been displayed on this catalogue: however, some have been withheld because the papers were sensitive and access is restricted.

From 2009, all the originals and scans will be archived at the East Sussex Record Office, and these records will also be available as part of the East Sussex Record Office catalogue.

About the project

Letter in the Attic was a joint project between QueenSpark Books, My Brighton and Hove, East Sussex Record Office and the Mass-Observation Archive. It is an A2A project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can find out more about the project on the My Brighton and Hove website.

About the book and online exhibition

You can get an introduction to the fascinating range of writing in the Letter in the Attic collection by visiting the online exhibition on the My Brighton and Hove website. QueenSpark Books has also published a book based on the collection. The book is a journal in which people can do their own writing, illustrated with quotes and pictures from the Letter in the Attic collection.

About the catalogue software

The cataloguing software was developed by Ian Grant of CommunitySites. It enabled a team of volunteers to produce an ISAD-G compliant catalogue which could be displayed attractively on the web, checked online by an archivist, and migrated easily to the East Sussex Record Office catalogue via EAD or Excel. The software is now available through CommunitySites and is already being used by several other heritage projects.