December 2015 Press Listings

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**Please note that the Royal Pavilion will be closed from 25 to 27 January 2016**

 

**DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS**

 

*OPENING THIS SATURDAY!* Exotic Creatures

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

This exhibition will explore animals in royal collections, 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/

– a full press release and images are available on request.

Pierdom: Photographs of Britain’s piers by Simon Roberts

To 21 February 2016 (free with Brighton Museum admission, members and residents free),
Brighton Museum & 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.

Christmas seed giveaway

Friday 11 December, 10am-12.30pm outside Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Volunteers will be giving away Christmas greenery and seeds from a variety of plants from the Royal Pavilion Garden, for a small donation towards gardening costs. The seeds are attractively packaged in an envelope and are ready for sowing, and the team will also be selling Christmas cards.

 

 CHRISTMAS

 

**Please note that Christmas banquets at the Royal Pavilion are now sold out.**

 *NEW!* Charity Christmas cards designed by us, for sale in our shops

This year for the first time, charity Christmas cards designed by Royal Pavilion & Museums staff will be on sale in the Royal Pavilion & Museums’ shops. The cards, beautifully designed by Fiona Redford, Laura Dumbrell and Ted Edwards, will be £2.25 individually or £9.95 for a pack of six, with all proceeds going to support the Royal Pavilion & Museums.

 *NEW!* 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 take a nostalgic trip round Preston Manor, 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

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

 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

Ticketmaster bookers can enjoy three great offers at the Royal Pavilion & Museums:

  • Half price on adult admission to the Royal Pavilion (save £5.75) with up to four accompanying children free
  • 10% off retail items, not admission or event tickets, in the Royal Pavilion or Brighton Museum Shop
  • 20% off Royal Pavilion & Museums membership (does not include student/young membership)

Offers valid from 7 Nov 2015 to 17 Jan 2016 (except 24-26 Dec). Each offer can only be used once. One voucher per person, not valid with any other offers, concessions or for groups.

 Royal Pavilion Charity Carol Concert

3 Dec 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

 Christmas seed giveaway

Friday 11 December, 10am-12.30pm outside Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Volunteers will be giving away Christmas greenery and seeds from a variety of plants from the Royal Pavilion Garden, for a small donation towards gardening costs. The seeds are attractively packaged in an envelope and are ready for sowing, and the team will also be selling Christmas cards.

The seeds and greenery have been gathered by Royal Pavilion Garden volunteers who help to maintain the Regency-style gardens under the direction of Head Gardener Robert Hill-Snook. They carry out tasks such as weeding, pruning and deadheading to maintain the health and appearance of plants and shrubs throughout the Estate, and provide information about the Garden to visitors.

 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

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/

 

EXHIBITIONS AND DISPLAYS

*OPENING THIS SATURDAY!* Exotic Creatures

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

This exhibition will explore animals in royal collections, 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/

– a full press release and images are available on request.

 Pierdom: Photographs of Britain’s piers by Simon Roberts

To 21 February 2016 (free with Brighton Museum admission, members and residents free),
Brighton Museum & 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.

Views of Brighton & Hove in the Early 19th Century *FURTHER EXTENDED TO 6 MARCH 2016*

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 & 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/).

Special offer: After the talk you can receive a voucher to claim a free cup of tea or coffee when you purchase a cake from Brighton Museum Cafe! Only valid on the day of the talk, one voucher per person.

 

 1 Dec 2015:         In Pursuit of Pleasure

Learn more about the novelties and pastimes in the 18th & 19th centuries.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/bite-size-museum-in-pursuit-of-pleasure/

 

8 Dec 2015:         Threatened Wildlife

 

Discover the wildlife which is most in danger and learn what we can do to help. With natural history curator Lee Ismail.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/bite-size-museum-threatened-wildlife-3/

 

15 Dec 2015:   Amazing Amber

Take a closer look at the secrets of the past that amber can reveal. With natural history curator John Cooper.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/bite-size-museum-amazing-amber/

 

22 Dec 2015:   Passion for Piers

Take a closer look at the history and architecture of the West Pier. With gallery explainer Michael Carey.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/bite-size-museum-passion-for-piers-2/

 

29 Dec 2015:   Passion for Piers

Explore the personality, architecture and history of British piers made after 1914. With gallery explainer Jackie Marsh-Hobbs.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/bite-size-museum-passion-for-piers-3/

 

Please note that we have had to make some changes to our November Bite-size Museums, which will now run as follows:

 

17 Nov 2015:   The Fashion Designer Charles James

 

Discover more about this under-rated couturier and his aristocratic clients. With Fashion & Textiles Curator Martin Pel.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/bite-size-museum-the-fashion-designer-charles-james/  

 

24 Nov 2015:   Pots about people

 

To celebrate the publication of A Potted History, come and learn more about Henry Willett and his extraordinary ceramic collection. With author and former Keeper at the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Stella Beddoe.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/bite-size-museum-the-fashion-designer-charles-james/  

 

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

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/

 

Drop in and draw … animals!

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 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:

4 December:   A Dark, Dark Night     

11 December:             Winter Sparkles

18 December:             Winter Wonderland

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

 

OTHER EVENTS

 

Behind the scenes tour, Preston Manor

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

Christmas seed giveaway

Friday 11 December, 10am-12.30pm outside Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Volunteers will be giving away Christmas greenery and seeds from a variety of plants from the Royal Pavilion Garden, for a small donation towards gardening costs. The seeds are attractively packaged in an envelope and are ready for sowing, and the team will also be selling Christmas cards.

The seeds and greenery have been gathered by Royal Pavilion Garden volunteers who help to maintain the Regency-style gardens under the direction of Head Gardener Robert Hill-Snook. They carry out tasks such as weeding, pruning and deadheading to maintain the health and appearance of plants and shrubs throughout the Estate, and provide information about the Garden to visitors.

 

The Royal Pavilion and the First World War

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

Murder Mystery Night

30 December, 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

 

COMING IN 2016

 

CONCERT:The Earth Laughs in Flowers

18 March 2016, 7.30pm (£32.50, members £28.50, price includes glass of white wine/soft drink in the interval), Royal Pavilion Music Room

Celebrate the beginning of spring with a joyful evening of words and music with mezzo-soprano Pippa Dames-Longworth and Nicholas Bosworth at the piano.

Box office: +44 (0)3000 290902

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/the-earth-laughs-in-flowers-2/

 

CONCERT: First and Foremost Events Ltd presents Worbey & Farrell

22 April 2016, 7.00pm-10.30pm (£32.50, members £28.50, price includes a pre-show glass of white wine/soft drink), Royal Pavilion Music Room

Come and be amazed by Worbey and Farrell – where four hands and one piano raise the roof! Following sell-out shows at The Edinburgh Festival and prestigious venues around the world, the internationally acclaimed piano duo bring their unique take on the world’s greatest music to the Royal Pavilion’s Music Room for one night only.

Box office: +44 (0)3000 290902

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/first-and-foremost-ltd-presents-worbey-farrell-four-hands-one-piano/

 

MAJOR EXHIBITION: Fashion Cities Africa

30 April 2016 to 8 January 2017 (admission payable, members free), Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

This first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion will explore fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the African continent – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa. Fashion Cities Africa will focus on the style choices of individual ‘fashion agents’ from each city – from designers and stylists to photographers and bloggers.
http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/what-to-see/coming-soon/fashion-cities-africa/

– a full press release and images are available on request.

ENDS

 

PRESS INFORMATION

For further details or to request images, please contact: Jo Nightingale, Press and PR Officer: 01273 296718 / jo.nightingale@brighton-hove.gov.uk – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only. For urgent enquiries at other times 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

**Please note that the Royal Pavilion will be closed from 25 to 27 January 2016**

 

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/

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/