October 2015 Press Listings

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PRESS ALERTS

 
Half-price entry to the Royal Pavilion, Brighton after 3pm – until 29 November 2015

Visit the Royal Pavilion after 3pm at the weekend (*plus weekdays from 5 Oct*) and save 50% on your admission ticket. Quote ‘BY GEORGE’ to redeem the offer, the offer ends on 29 November 2015.
Not valid for groups, Brighton & Hove residents, with the History Pass or any other discount.

 

Future Proof Museum

Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove has been selected from a large pool of applications to take part in Future Proof Museums, a national programme developed by the AMA (Arts Marketing Association) funded by Arts Council England’s Museums Resilience grant.  http://www.futureproofmuseums.co.uk/

 

**OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS**

Pierdom: Photographs of Britain’s piers by Simon Roberts

3 October 2015-21 February 2016 (free with Brighton Museum admission, members and residents free), Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

A century ago over a hundred piers fringed the British coastline – today less than half of these still stand. Internationally renowned photographer Simon Roberts, who lives in Brighton, has completed a three-year quest to document all 40 of Britain’s remaining pleasure piers.  Several of the pier photographs have been exhibited in their respective hometowns but this will be the first time they have been brought together in one public exhibition.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/what-to-see/exhibitions-and-displays/pierdom-photographs-of-britains-piers-by-simon-roberts/ – a full press release and images are available on request.

 

A Concert with the Brighton Film Quartet, *includes first performance of commissioned work*

16 October, 7.30pm (£22.50, members £18.50, book in advance, includes a glass of white wine/soft drink in the interval), The Royal Pavilion

The Brighton Film Quartet, a stunning all-female piano ensemble which took this year’s Brighton Fringe by storm, has been commissioned to write a piece inspired by the Royal Pavilion’s famous Music Room.  The room’s 180 dragons and serpents will be the inspiration for composer Penny Loosemoore, whose quartet of piano, clarinet, cello and violin sounds more like a mini orchestra. http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/news-events/whats-on-royal-pavilion/#a-concert-with-the-brighton-film-quartet

 

Cabinet of Curiosities: Preston Manor after Dark *Museums at Night*

30 Oct, 6.00-10.00pm (£13 per adult, members £10, £6 per child, 10-16 years, book in advance), Preston Manor

Do you dare to visit the spooky underground cellars of Brighton’s most haunted house? Prepare for Halloween with our night of entertainment and discovery. Includes guest mediums offering tarot taster-readings, ghost tales, noir short film screenings and a magic lantern show.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/news-events/#cabinet-of-curiosities-preston-manor-after-dark

 

Animals in the Frame

21 September 2015-31 March 2016 (free admission), Hove Museum

Animals both domestic and wild are featured in this exhibition of paintings from the collection of the Royal Pavilion & Museums. In this family-friendly exhibition artists have captured aspects of our relationship with animals, from our admiration for the majesty of a stag to why dogs are known as man’s best friend.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/hove/what-to-see/exhibitions-and-displays/animals-in-the-frame/

 

EXHIBITIONS AND DISPLAYS

 

Pierdom: Photographs of Britain’s piers by Simon Roberts

3 October 2015-21 February 2016 (free with Brighton Museum admission, members and residents free), Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

A century ago over a hundred piers fringed the British coastline, built to provide a tantalising taste of the sea without the need to get wet. Today less than half of these still stand. Internationally renowned photographer Simon Roberts, who lives in Brighton, has completed a three-year quest to document all 40 of Britain’s remaining pleasure piers.

Several of the pier photographs have been exhibited in their respective hometowns but this will be the first time they have been brought together in one public exhibition.  The exhibition will include striking, evocative images of piers in Hastings, Southsea (Portsmouth), Paignton, Clevedon, Eastbourne (captured before last year’s fire), Bangor and Cleethorpes, as well as Brighton’s own piers.  A full press release and images are available on request.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/what-to-see/exhibitions-and-displays/pierdom-photographs-of-britains-piers-by-simon-roberts/

 

Views of Brighton & Hove in the Early 19th Century *EXTENDED TO 13 DECEMBER*

9 June-13 December (non-residents £5, residents free, members free), Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

A unique opportunity to view early topographical prints and drawings of Brighton & Hove as it was and as it might have been, held in the private collection of Henry Smith and the Royal Pavilion & Museums’ own collection.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/what-to-see/exhibitions-and-displays/views-of-brighton-hove-in-the-early-19th-century/

 

Animals in the Frame

21 September 2015-31 March 2016 (free admission), Hove Museum

Animals both domestic and wild are featured in this exhibition of paintings from the collection of the Royal Pavilion & Museums. In this family-friendly exhibition artists have captured aspects of our relationship with animals, from our admiration for the majesty of a stag to why dogs are known as man’s best friend.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/hove/what-to-see/exhibitions-and-displays/animals-in-the-frame/

 

+ Animal Tracks!

5 September-23 December (except Weds), museum open hours (free, drop-in, up to 8 years), Hove Museum

Pick up this trail and find the animals on display in Hove museum. Can you draw the animals you find?

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/animal-tracks/

 

Ocean Blues

Ongoing throughout 2015 (non-residents £5, residents free, members free), Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

This display looks at some of the threats to life in the oceans, as well as initiatives designed to reduce or reverse the impact modern society has had on the precious environment.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/what-to-see/exhibitions-and-displays/ocean-blues/

 

ART EVENTS

 
Bite-Size Museum

Tuesdays, 12pm (non-residents £5, residents free, members free), Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Pop-up guided tours, short talks and closer looks at stories from our eclectic collections, led by Royal Pavilion & Museums staff (http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/category/bite-size-museum/):

6 Oct 2015:       The Perfect Blue? 

Join a member of the Royal Pavilion & Museums conservation team and discover the unique qualities and uses of the beautiful pigment Prussian Blue. With Stig Evans, Paintings Conservator.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/bite-size-museum-the-perfect-blue/    

 

 

LGBTQ Museum Trail

(non-residents £5, residents free, members free), Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Brighton & Hove is often referred to as the gay capital of the UK, and Brighton Museum & Art Gallery displays many objects with an LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) connection. However, their histories are often hidden; this Trail is a brief guided tour of pieces on display, exploring and revealing additional LGBTQ stories.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/what-to-see/lgbtq-museum-trail/

 

FAMILY EVENTS

 

The Big Draw

27, 28, 29, 30 October, 10am-12pm or 2-4pm (free with admission, members and residents free, drop-in, all ages) Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Inspired by the museums collections? Drop in and take part in this year’s The Big Draw with free drawing activities for all the family.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/#the-big-draw-2

 

Animal Tracks!

5 September-23 December (except Weds), museum open hours (free, drop-in, up to 8 years), Hove Museum

Pick up this trail and find the animals on display in the museum. Can you draw the animals you find?

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/animal-tracks/

 

Crazy Critters

27, 29 & 30 October, 10.30am – 12pm & 1.30-3.00pm (£2 per child, drop-in, 3 to 8 years), Hove Museum

Drop in to one of these fun workshops and make crazy critters in paint, collage and 3D.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/crazy-critters/

 

Drop in and draw … animals!

17 September, 15 October, 19 November & 17 December, 3.30-4.30pm (free, drop-in, all ages), Hove Museum

If you like drawing, drop in at our studio session and pick up your pencil! One of our team will be on hand if you’d like to pick up some drawing tips, but the rest is up to you!

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/drop-in-and-draw-animals/

 

Picture Time and Story

Thursdays, 3 Sept-17 Dec (not during Oct half-term), 10am-12pm (£2 per child, drop-in, 2-5 years) Hove Museum

Use craft materials to make a picture based on creatures you can find in the museum, and listen to a story.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/picture-time-and-story-4/

 

Early Years

Fridays, 10-11.30am (£5, members £4, book in advance, 2-5 years only), Booth Museum

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and the chance to handle museum objects:

2 October:        Painting Pictures        

9 October:        We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

16 October:      The Snail and the Whale

23 October:      Room on the Broom (Halloween)

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/whats-on/#early-years-sessions

 

MUSEUMS AT NIGHT

 

Halloween Pub Quiz

31 October, 7-9.30pm (£25 per table, members £20, maximum 5 people per table, 10 tables available, book in advance, 18+, pay bar), Booth Museum

Join us on Halloween for our Museums at Night pub quiz. Compete with other teams to see who can answer the most questions on wildlife and our natural history collections, and enjoy a drink from our bar. A prize for the winning team!

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/whats-on/#halloween-pub-quiz

 

Cabinet of Curiosities: Preston Manor after dark

30 Oct, 6.00-10.00pm (£13 per adult, members £10, £6 per child, 10-16 years, book in advance), Preston Manor

Do you dare to visit the spooky underground cellars of Brighton’s most haunted house? Prepare for Halloween with our night of entertainment and discovery. Includes guest mediums offering tarot taster-readings, ghost tales, noir short film screenings and a magic lantern show.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/news-events/#cabinet-of-curiosities-preston-manor-after-dark

 

OTHER EVENTS

 

A Concert with the Brighton Film Quartet, *includes first performance of commissioned work*

16 October, 7.30pm (£22.50, members £18.50, book in advance, includes a glass of white wine/soft drink in the interval), The Royal Pavilion

The Brighton Film Quartet, a stunning all-female piano ensemble which took this year’s Brighton Fringe by storm, has been commissioned to write a piece inspired by the Royal Pavilion’s famous Music Room.  The room’s 180 dragons and serpents will be the inspiration for composer Penny Loosemoore, whose quartet of piano, clarinet, cello and violin sounds more like a mini orchestra. Penny has written music for award-winning film director Trevor Hughes, and her evocative, cinematic style, think ‘Amelie’ or ‘The Piano’, has been described as “sublimely moving”. http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/news-events/whats-on-royal-pavilion/#a-concert-with-the-brighton-film-quartet

 

The Royal Pavilion and the First World War

24 October, 27 December, 29 December, 10.30am–1.30pm includes refreshment break (£25, members £20 – book in advance), meet at the Royal Pavilion

Uncover the remarkable story of the Royal Pavilion Estate as a military hospital from 1914 to 1919. Includes exclusive backstage access to the Dome, Corn Exchange and a glimpse of the famous secret tunnel.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/news-events/whats-on-royal-pavilion/#the-royal-pavilion-and-the-first-world-war

 

Backstage at the Booth
9 October & 7 November, 4.30pm / 23 October & 27 November, 11.30am (£15, members £12, book in advance, 16+), Booth Museum

A rare chance to discover the secrets and surprises concealed behind the face of this unique and intriguing Victorian natural history museum. See some of the hundreds of thousands of amazing objects not currently on display. Please note: most of the stores are upstairs and not accessible to wheelchair users.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/whats-on/#backstage-at-the-booth-2

 

Behind the scenes tour, Preston Manor

16 October, 20 November & 11 December, 11.30am-1pm (£16.50, members £13.50, book in advance)

Go through the door marked ‘private’ on this fascinating backstage tour, which reveals the hidden half of the house.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/news-events/#behind-the-scenes-tour-5

 

Murder Mystery Night

24 October, 6pm / 8.30pm (£20, members £15), Preston Manor

A classic murder mystery in the perfect setting! Join 368 Theatre Company and follow the clues – with the help of a fortifying glass of wine and the special after-hours ambience!

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/news-events/#murder-mystery-night-5

 

Jaws ‘n’ Claws

27 October, 10.30-11.30am, 1.30-2.30pm & 3-4pm (family of 4 £21, family of 3 £14, individuals £7, members £6, book in advance, all ages), Booth Museum

Live mini beast handling with handler Phil and his amazing menagerie, including snakes, lizards and giant bugs.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/whats-on/#jaws-n-claws-5

 

Future Taxidermists

28 Oct, 10.00am (£10, members £8, book in advance, 8-15 years, maximum 2 adults per child), Booth Museum

Join professional taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long at this special workshop for children looking at the art of taxidermy. Discover how to stuff an animal skin and build your own mannequin to take away.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/whats-on/#future-taxidermists

 

Discover Skeletons!

30 October, 10.30-11.45am & 1.30-4pm (free, drop in, all ages), Booth Museum

A drop-in discovery day looking at the skeleton collections of the Booth Museum. Bring in your finds and learn about preparing skeletons, reconstructing fossil animals and the mechanics of skeletons.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/whats-on/#discover-skeletons-3

 

**COMING THIS AUTUMN**


Diwali Family Fun

1 November, 11:30am – 3:30pm (free with Museum admission, members and residents free, drop in [first come, first served], all ages), Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Come and celebrate Diwali, ‘the Festival of Lights’, with a variety of fun, hands-on, family-friendly activities, including henna hand-painting, a rangoli art workshop and dressing up. In conjunction with the Hindu Women’s Group.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/diwali-family-fun-2/

 

Exotic Creatures

14 November 2015 to 28 February 2016 (admission payable, members free), The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

This exhibition will explore animals in the Royal Collection, menageries and early zoos, and political beasts in the period 1750 to 1850. Discover the fascinating story of the first living giraffe in the UK, given to George IV as a diplomatic gift in 1827, and the history of travelling menageries performing in London and Brighton. http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/whattosee/exhibitions-and-displays/exotic-creatures/

 

Voices of India: The First World War – one-day conference

21 Nov, 10.30am-7.30pm (£60, members £55, book in advance), Old Courtroom, 118 Church St

Includes tea/coffee, evening reception at the Royal Pavilion and free entry to the Royal Pavilion with audio guide on days adjacent to the conference.  Lunch not provided.

For 100 years the story of India’s role in the First World War has been largely forgotten, both within India and by the rest of the world. This major one-day international conference seeks to bring the diverse voices and experiences of those from India affected by the conflict to life. Discover the thoughts expressed by soldiers in letters home, listen to astonishing sound recordings of soldiers in German prisoner of war camps, and find out about extraordinary individuals such as Sophia Duleep Singh, Maharajah’s daughter, suffragette and nurse.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/news-events/voices-of-india-the-first-world-war-conference/

 

CINECITY

 

Ben Rivers: Ah, Liberty!

12-29 November, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

This special screening, during Brighton film festival Cinecity, celebrates our new acquisition of the artist Ben Rivers’ 16mm films Ah, Liberty! and the Origins of The Species (2008). Moving between documentary and fiction, and shot on 16mm film, a medium which is fast becoming obsolete, Rivers’ films offer a glimpse into the lives of people existing at the margins of society.  The works were acquired through The Contemporary Art Society Collections Fund, 2014 as a joint acquisition with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/#!ben-rivers-ah-liberty-2

 

Love Picture Palace

2629 November 2016 (*full programme and ticket details will be announced tomorrow at http://www.cine-city.co.uk/cinecity-13th-brighton-film-festival-2015*), Royal Pavilion

For four nights only, the Music Room will be transformed into a picture palace to celebrate love on the big screen. The exotic splendour of the Royal Pavilion provides a sumptuous backdrop for a selection of cinema classics in praise of love in all its many guises.  Presented by CINECITY the Brighton Film Festival for Film Hub South East as part of the BFI’s LOVE film season UK-wide (www.bfi.org.uk/love).

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/news-events/whats-on-royal-pavilion/#!big-screen-love

 

CHRISTMAS


Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

7 November 2015–7 January 2016, Royal Pavilion’s Eastern Lawns

With the former Royal palace as a backdrop, a huge rink-side bar and restaurant and a 40m terrace, the 840 square metre rink has space for 260 skaters per session and a beginners’ area. There’s no charge for spectating, and the rink-side Bar & Kitchen will offer mouth-watering patisserie, festive toffee apples, drinks and full meals.

 

Ice skating tickets cost from £10 for adults (12+) and £7 for children, and one-hour skate times run from 10am to 10.15pm daily. Club Rinkidinks (10am – 11am daily) offers children under 5 the chance to skate free when accompanied by an adult paying full price. There are also season tickets for those who want to learn to skate and concessions for students. Buy tickets from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/royal-pavilion-ice-rink or call 0844 8472352 (for group bookings of ten or more call 0844 8471512).

www.royalpavilionicerink.co.uk

 

Royal Pavilion Christmas Banquet

11 December 6.30-11pm (£97 per guest, members £87 per guest, book in advance) The Royal Pavilion

*The banquet on 18 December has sold out so book now to avoid disappointment!*

Step into the past this Christmas and join us for a drinks and canapé reception, followed by a three course dinner with wine and coffee, in the palace’s magnificent Banqueting RoomCatering is supplied by JRC Events, the menu is available on request from the bookings office.  Private tables of 10 available; smaller groups will be asked to share a table.  Dress code: black tie or optional period dress.

To book call or email the Royal Pavilion: Tel: 03000 290 902 / email: visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/news-events/whats-on-royal-pavilion/#!christmas-banquet

 

Royal Pavilion Charity Carol Concert

3 December 7-9pm (£30, members £20, book in advance [includes mulled cider and mince pies]) Royal Pavilion

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without carol singing, and where better to celebrate than the Royal Pavilion Music Room. Sing along with two fantastic choirs and enjoy mulled cider and mince pies during the interval.

Box office: +44 (0)3000 290902

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/news-events/whats-on-royal-pavilion/#!charity-carol-concert

 

Father Christmas at the Royal Pavilion

12, 13 & 19 December-22 December. 10am-5pm (£9.50 per child, Royal Pavilion admission fees apply, price includes gift, all ages, book in advance)

Father Christmas returns to the truly extravagant Royal Pavilion for a traditional treat for all the family. After a magical meeting with the man himself, explore the Prince Regent’s party palace on a special exotic creature trail.

Box office: +44 (0)3000 290902

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/news-events/whats-on-royal-pavilion/#!father-christmas-at-the-royal-pavilion-2

 

Father Christmas at Preston Manor

19-23 Dec, 10am-5pm (£8 per child, includes gift, Manor admission fees apply, all ages, book in advance)

Meet Father Christmas in the cosy fireside setting of Lady Ellen’s beautiful Drawing Room. Afterwards explore Preston Manor top to bottom and discover how a Victorian family prepared for a magical Christmas

Box office: +44 (0)3000 290902

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/news-events/#!father-christmas-at-preston-manor-2

 

Christmas Tree Craft

19, 21, 22 December 10.30am–12pm & 1.30–3pm 20 December 2.30–4pm (£2 per child, drop-in, 4–12 years) Hove Museum

Using a variety of methods you can make crafty Christmas trees in this festive workshop. Make your own tree to take home and decorate your house.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/christmas-tree-craft/

 

An Edwardian Christmas at Home

12 December, 2-3.30pm (£14.50 members £12.50, book in advance) Preston Manor

A delightfully nostalgic exploration of Christmas customs and traditions. Take a tour upstairs and downstairs in our beautiful Edwardian manor house and enjoy a glass of sherry and a mince pie served in the Victorian kitchens dressed for the season.

Box office: +44 (0)3000 290902

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/news-events/#!an-edwardian-christmas-at-home

 

ENDS

 

PRESS INFORMATION

 

For further details or to request images, please contact:

The Museums Marketing team : 03000 290906 / museums.marketing@brighton-hove.gov.uk

 

VISITOR INFORMATION

 

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk

General enquiries: +44 (0)3000 290900 / visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Box office: +44 (0)3000 290902 / book online for 10% discount (URLs below)

 

The Royal Pavilion – Brighton BN1 1EE

 

Opening hours: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/visiting/opening-times/

Prices: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/visiting/admission-charges/

Buying tickets: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/visiting/buy-tickets-online/

 

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery – Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE

 

Opening hours: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/plan-your-visit/opening-times/

Prices: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/plan-your-visit/admission-charges/

Buying tickets: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/plan-your-visit/buy-tickets-online/

 

Hove Museum & Art Gallery – 19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4AB

 

Opening hours: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/hove/plan-your-visit/opening-times/

Admission free

 

Booth Museum of Natural History – 194 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 5AA

 

Opening hours: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/plan-your-visit/opening-times/

Admission free

 

Preston Manor – Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD

 

Opening hours: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/plan-your-visit/opening-times/

Prices: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/plan-your-visit/admission-charges/

Buying tickets: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/plan-your-visit/buy-tickets-online/

 

The Keep – Woollards Way, Brighton BN1 9BP

 

The Keep is a world-class centre for archives that opens up access to all the collections of the East Sussex Record Office (ESRO), the Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collections and the internationally significant University of Sussex Special Collections. It is also a centre of excellence for conservation and preservation.

http://www.thekeep.info/

Opening hours: http://www.thekeep.info/visit_us/the-keep-opening-hours/