JANUARY PRESS LISTINGS

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**JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS**

*NEW!* Basement and Tunnel Tours, Royal Pavilion – *EXACT START DATE TBC*

Thursdays January – March, 4.45-5.30pm (£10, members £9, book in advance)

Join us for a brand new tour offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Royal Pavilion’s basement and tunnel, and discover more about life below stairs for its servants – from the rat catcher to George IV’s principal private secretary. The tour ends with a rare chance to visit the tunnel that led to George’s royal stables and riding school (now Brighton Dome). Due to the service areas covered, this tour may be subject to last minute cancellations and alterations.

*Web page and full press alert to follow when start date is confirmed.*

Royal Pavilion Annual Open Day

Sunday 17 January, 10am-4.30pm (*free*, drop-in)

To celebrate the acquisition of the Royal Pavilion by the town of Brighton in 1850, admission charges are waived one day a year.  Find out more about this iconic Brighton landmark with short talks by our knowledgeable staff, or take an audio guide (available for a small charge). The Royal Pavilion Tearoom and gift shop will be open as usual.

Please be aware that, due to building capacity, queue times can be extensive.
http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/news-events/whats-on-royal-pavilion/#!the-royal-pavilion-annual-open-day

*NEW!* Tour: An Introduction to the Royal Pavilion

Saturdays throughout January, February and March, 2.30-3.30pm (£4.50, plus Royal Pavilion admission)

Be transported back in time with one of our expert guides on these new public guided tours. Hear stories of King George IV’s impressive banquets, balls and concerts, attended by fashionable society and courtiers, and learn more about the architecture and decorative art of the Royal Pavilion.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/news-events/whats-on-royal-pavilion/#!an-introduction-to-the-royal-pavilion

 Exotic Creatures

To 28 February 2016 (admission payable, members free), The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

This exhibition explores 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. Simon’s striking and evocative photographs celebrate the personality, architecture and history of each structure.

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

 *NEW!* Christmas special offer for visiting friends and family

If you’re a Brighton & Hove resident, bring a visiting friend or family member to the Royal Pavilion over the Christmas holidays and they can also save 50% off admission! Valid from Wednesday 23 December 2015 to Wednesday 6 January 2016 (except 25 & 26 December). One guest per resident.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/2015/12/07/christmas-special-offer-for-visiting-friends-and-family/

*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.

Please note: Preston Manor is also open for general visits on the days of these events.

Box office: +44 (0)3000 290902

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

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 Seed Giveaway

Friday 11 December, 10.00–12.30am, Royal Pavilion

Seeds and Christmas greenery from the Royal Pavilion garden are on offer at a stall staffed by garden volunteers outside the entrance to Brighton Museum. The team will also be selling Christmas cards.

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

 Christmas Tree Craft

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

Using a variety of methods, 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/

*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 or £9.95 for a pack of six, with all proceeds going to support the Royal Pavilion & Museums.

EXHIBITIONS AND DISPLAYS

Exotic Creatures

To 28 February 2016 (admission payable, members free), The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

This exhibition explores 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-6 March (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 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

To 31 March 2016 (free admission), Hove Museum

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

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

Ocean Blues

To June 2016 (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)

5 Jan 2016:      Willett’s Exotic Creatures

Discover more about the current exhibition at the Royal Pavilion through the museum’s ceramics collection, with a chance to see objects not otherwise on display. With curator Dr Alexandra Loske.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/bite-size-museum-willetts-exotic-creatures/

12 Jan 2016:     The Amazing Art of Asian Puppetry

Learn more about Indonesian shadow and Vietnamese water puppets and what they can reveal about these cultures. With curator Rachel Heminway-Hurst.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/bite-size-museum-the-amazing-art-of-asian-puppetry-2/

19 Jan 2016:     The Ammonite Capital

Discover more about the unusual decorative hallmark of Brighton. With Keeper of Natural Sciences, John Cooper.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/bite-size-museum-the-ammonite-capital/

26 Jan 2016:     Brighton’s Earliest Potters

Brighton’s Earliest Potters: Learn more about our earliest local creatives! With Curator of Local History & Archaeology, Andy Maxted.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/bite-size-museum-brightons-earliest-potters/

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

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/

Arty Crafty Club

Saturdays 16 January, 13 February, 12 March & 16 April, 10.30–11.45am (£5, members £4, book in advance. 8–12 years), Hove Museum

Be inspired by an object in the museum and construct, draw, paint or print and learn about other making methods.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/arty-crafty-club/

FAMILY EVENTS

Picture Time and Story

Thursdays from 7 January, 10am-12pm (£2 per child, drop-in, 2-5 years) Hove Museum

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

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

Mr Booth’s Mini-Museum Explorers

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

These sessions for 2-5 year olds include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling museum objects.

8 January:        Monkey Puzzle           

15 January:      Old McDonald had a Farm

22 January:      Fun with Fossils

29 January:      Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?

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

Animals in the Frame

To 31 March 2016 (free admission), Hove Museum

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

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

OTHER EVENTS

*NEW!* Basement and Tunnel Tours, Royal Pavilion – *EXACT START DATE TBC*

Thursdays January – March, 4.45-5.30pm (£10, members £9, book in advance)

Join us for a brand new tour offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Royal Pavilion’s basement and tunnel, and discover more about life below stairs for its servants – from the rat catcher to George IV’s principal private secretary. The tour ends with a rare chance to visit the tunnel that led to George’s royal stables and riding school (now Brighton Dome). Due to the service areas covered, this tour may be subject to last minute cancellations and alterations.

*Web page and full press alert to follow when start date is confirmed.*

 

*NEW!* An Introduction to the Royal Pavilion

Saturdays throughout January, February and March, 2.30-3.30pm (£4.50, plus Royal Pavilion admission)

Be transported back in time with one of our expert guides on these new public guided tours. Hear stories of King George IV’s impressive banquets, balls and concerts, attended by fashionable society and courtiers, and learn more about the architecture and decorative art of the Royal Pavilion.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/news-events/whats-on-royal-pavilion/#!an-introduction-to-the-royal-pavilion

*NEW!* Pavilion Tales

Every Thursday from 28 January, 12pm (free with Royal Pavilion admission)

Join us in the Royal Pavilion’s magnificent Music Room for secrets, stories and unexpected histories, in these regular pop-up talks by Royal Pavilion & Museums staff.

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/news-events/whats-on-royal-pavilion/#!pavilion-tales-2

COMING IN 2016

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.

 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/

 

ENDS