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Jeremy Deller Exhibition, University of Sussex Archive

In mid-May, the Museum visited the Jeremy Deller exhibition 'A Sussex Incident', produced as part of the 2012 Brighton Festival and the 50th anniversary of the University of Sussex:

The show featured curios from the University of Sussex Archive and included the recreation of a student common room (complete with chess set). Of particular interest were folders from the Mass Observation Archive,which is housed at the University and the Copper Archive, donated by the Copper Family to the University in 2005.

The Copper Family are an important part of Sussex folk history and have been performing for generations. Bob Copper (1915-2004) received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sussex in 2000 for 'services to country life, including the collecting and singing of old farming songs handed down...through the centuries'. Items on display included drawings, songs and music and a fascinating hand-drawn map of the local area around Rottingdean where the Copper family lived. For further information, please visit: and the Copper Family

Also on display (and for visitors to take away) were a series of postcards of images from the University's history. Submitted by alumni and sourced from the archive, these were a witty reference to the University's proximity to Brighton and postcards as traditional seaside souvenirs. They depict images as diverse as an 'Emancipation Disco' to political posters and interiors of the University.