The Copper Family Collection

The Copper Family Collection

The Copper Family archive, University of Sussex

The Copper Family, originally from Rottingdean, are deservedly the most famous traditional singers from Sussex, and their family archives contain numerous recordings of family members and friends from the last sixty years. Bob Copper was also a fieldworker for the BBC in the 1950s and recorded numerous singers in both Hampshire and Sussex. He was also an award winning writer and received an MBE in 2004.
The photo shows the cousins Bob [L] and Ron Copper standing in front of the fireplace at the Central Club in Peacehaven.

The Copper Family collection, held by the University of Sussex can be accessed through The Keep: Copper Family Collection at The Keep. You can discover more about this collection through a series of audio clips found here: More about the Copper Family Collection

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Radio Broadcasts on The Copper Family

This photo shows four singing members of The Copper Family – [L-R] Bob, Ron (his cousin), John (Ron’s father) and Jim (Bob’s father). They are are the Central Club, in Peacehaven, where Bob was secretary.

This is a BBC Radio Brighton Broadcast on The Copper Family of Rottingdean, presented by Keith Slade.

“This is a story of songs and a story of people, for what would songs be without people, and where would people be without songs”

Ron and Bob Copper talking about singing in the Copper Family

‘Privately recorded off-air in the late 60s early 1970’s and not kept or archived elsewhere.’

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