Every Tuesday, Brighton Museum have been holding free bite-sized gallery talks at midday.

The pop-up guided tours, short talks and closer looks at stories from our eclectic collections are led by Royal Pavilion & Museums staff.

Take a look at a selection of talks that have taken place already.

Tuesday 6 December

Discovering more through rare memorabilia in this short history of feature films featuring Brighton’s palace as a film star! With Visitor Services Officer Marcus Bagshaw

Tuesday 25 October

A family-friendly spooky Halloween story! With Storyteller and Guide Karen Antoni

Tuesday 11 October

Charles James: The Neo-Romantic couturier and his Countess client. With Curator of Fashion & Textiles Martin Pel

Tuesday 27 September

Painting Mother Nature: Flowers and femininity in The Language of Flowers exhibition. With Visitor Services Officer Meg Hogg

Tuesday 20 September

All that glitters is gold: Taking a closer look at Asante gold weights. With Curator of World Art Rachel Heminway-Hurst & Collections Assistant Steve Kisko.

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Tuesday 13 September

Step into Yesterday: Discovering the Brighton Museum of 1900. With tour guide Louise Peskett.

Tuesday 30 August

My Dress, My Choice: Hearing about the disturbing trend of violently stripping women in Kenya, and their protests against it. With Fashion Cities Africa collections panel member Mary Frances Lukera.

Tuesday 23 August

Family-Friendly Fun! An interactive story about dinosaurs and mini-beasts. With Researcher Karen Antoni.

Tuesday 2 August

Family-Friendly Fun! An interactive story-telling of The Cat Who Walks Alone by Rudyard Kipling. With Researcher Karen Antoni.

Tuesday 26 July

Romano-British Brighton. Celebrating the Festival of Archaeology by unearthing more about Brighton’s ancient history. With Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society member John Funnell.

Tuesday 19 July

The Buried Blackrock Hoard. Celebrating the Festival of Archaeology with a discussion on the hoard as a gift to the gods, the dead, or a place of safekeeping. With Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society member Jane Russell.

Tuesday 12 July

Hollingbury Hillfort – a Celtic castle in Brighton & Hove? Celebrating the Festival of Archaeology by unearthing more about Brighton’s ancient history. With Curator of Local History & Archaeology Andy Maxted.

Tuesday 5 July

Wonderful Wildlife! Enjoying a guided stroll around the gardens in full bloom. With Head Gardener Robert Hill-Snook.

Tuesday 28 June

The Medium’s Medium. The story behind a small collection of Victorian spirit photographs. With Digital Development Officer Kevin Bacon.

Tuesday 21 June

Discovering the meaning of Swahili messages hidden within traditional garments. With Fashioning Africa collecting panel member Tony Kalume.

Tuesday 14 June

Across the Black Water. Fiction bringing history to life with the story of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh soldiers of WW1. With Caroline Goffin, member of the Salt of the Sarkar project. (photographs © Nina and Salt of the Sarkar) 

 

Tuesday 7 June

Living Echoes. Hearing the living histories of once resplendent Burmese buildings. With authors of Yangon Echoes: Inside Heritage Homes Virginia Henderson and Tim Webster.

Tuesday 31 May

Amazing Amber, A Window into the Past. Taking a close look at amber and the secrets that it can reveal in this family friendly talk. With John Cooper, former Keeper of Natural Sciences at the Booth Museum.

Tuesday 17 May

Re-fashioning Africa. Hearing how car tyres are recycled and given new life as sandals. With Fashion Cities Africa collection panel member Tony Kalume.

Tuesday 3 May

Blooming Marvellous! Introducing the new fine art display The Language of Flowers. With Partnerships and Special Projects Officer Nicola Coleby and Conservator Stig Evans.

Tuesday 26 April

Fashion Cities Africa. An introduction to the exciting upcoming exhibition. With World Art Curator Helen Mears.

Tuesday 19 April

Pavilion Blues 1916-1920. Hearing stories from the Pavilion military hospital for limbless soldiers. With Curator of Local History & Archaeology Andy Maxted.

Tuesday 12 April

Turner’s Rainbow. A special opportunity to view and learn more about the story behind Brighthelmstone, Sussex (1824) by JMW Turner. With Curator Dr Alexandra Loske.

Tuesday 5 April

Discovering Dinosaurs. Finding out about the discovery of pre-historic creatures in Sussex. With Keeper of Natural Sciences John Cooper.

Tuesday 22 March

Contemporary African Fashion. An introduction to the exciting upcoming Fashion Cities Africa exhibition. With Costumes & Textiles Curator Martin Pel.

Tuesday 15 March

Aubrey Beardsley: He’s not the Master of Line, he’s a very naughty boy! With Researcher Alexia Lazou.

Tuesday 8 March

Collecting the World. Discovering more about the life and work of Natural History collectors. With Curator of Natural History Lee Ismail.

Tuesday 1 March

Wonderful Wildlife! Enjoying a guided stroll around the gardens as the season changes into spring. With Head Gardener Robert Hill-Snook.

Tuesday 23 February 

Dali’s Lips, Gossip and Controversy. Hearing more about the Salvador Dali sofa and the stories surrounding it! With Partnerships & Special Projects Officer Nicola Coleby.

Tuesday 16 February

Willett’s Exotic Creatures. Discovering more about the current exhibition at the Royal Pavilion through the museum’s ceramics collection. With Curator Dr Alexandra Loske.

Tuesday 9 February

Learning more in the last talk in the Pierdom series on the fascinating history of pier entertainments. With Explainer Jackie Marsh-Hobbs.

Tuesday 2 February

Biba, Barbara and Brighton. Taking a closer look at the career of Barbara Hulanicki and her connection to Brighton. With Curator of Costume & Textiles Martin Pel.

Tuesday 26 January

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

Tuesday 19 January

The Ammonite Capital. Discovering more about the unusual decorative hallmark of Brighton. With Keeper of Natural Sciences John Cooper.

Tuesday 12 January

The Amazing Art of Asian Puppetry! Learning more about Indonesian shadow and Vietnamese water puppets and what they can reveal about these cultures. With Curator Rachel Heminway-Hurst.

Tuesday 5 January

Willett’s Exotic Creatures. Discovering 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.

Tuesday 22 December

Passion for Piers. Taking a closer look at the history and architecture of the West Pier. With Gallery Explainer Michael Carey.

Tuesday 15 December

Amazing Amber. Taking a closer look at the secrets of the past that amber can reveal. With Curator of Natural History John Cooper.

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Tuesday 8 December

Threatened Wildlife. Discovering the wildlife which is most in danger and learn what we can do to help. With Natural History Curator Lee Ismail.

Tuesday 1 December

In Pursuit of Pleasure. Novelties and Pastimes in the 18th & 19th centuries. With Curator Cecilia Kendall.

Tuesday 24 November

Pots about People. Celebrating the publication of A Potted History and learning more about Henry Willett and his extraordinary ceramics collection. With author and former Keeper Stella Beddoe.

Tuesday 17 November

The Fashion Designer Charles James. Discovering more about this under-rated Couturier and his aristocratic clients. With Fashion & Textiles Curator Martin Pel.

Tuesday 10 November

Passion for Piers. Exploring the personality, architecture and history of British piers made before 1914. With Explainer Jackie Marsh-Hobbs.

Tuesday 3 November

Unravelling Mummies. Learning more about the strange world of Egyptian animal mummification. With Local History & Archaeology Curator Heather York.

Tuesday 27 October 

Brighthelmstone, Sussex (1824) by Joseph M W Turner. A special opportunity to see Turner’s depiction of Brighton at the height of the city’s development. With Fine Art Curator Jenny Lund.

Tuesday 20 October 

Cabinet of Curiosities. Discovering more about the most curious objects in the Archaeology collections. With Local History and Archaeology Curator Heather York.

Tuesday 13 October

Discovering more about Simon Robert’s quest to document our coastline’s remaining pleasure piers. With Curator Jody East.

 

Tuesday 8 September

Spring-heeled Jack: The leaping monster of Victorian London and his sighting in Brighton. Discovering more about this terrifying urban legend!  With Digital Development Officer Kevin Bacon.

Tuesday 1 September

Naked Ambition: The Power Dynamics of Female Nudity and the Male Gaze in The Judgement of Paris by Ithell Colquhoun. With Visitor Services Officer Meg Hogg.

Tuesday 21 July

Threatened Wildlife. Discovering what marine wildlife is most in danger, and what we can do about it. With Natural Sciences Curator Lee Ismail.

Tuesday 14 July

Gluck: A Lesbian Life: the artist, her dress and the forthcoming exhibition. With Curator of Fashion & Textiles Martin Pel.

 

Tuesday 23 June

Love, Scandal & Intrigue. Uncovering the passions of the 18th & 19th Centuries, explored through the Willet Collection of ceramics. With Curator Cecilia Kendall.

Tuesday 9 June

A closer look at swords made by the Kachin people of Burma, and discovering their symbolic meaning. With Researcher Gumring Hkangda.

Tuesday 19 May

License to Thrill. Pleasure and vice in the eighteenth century explored through the Willet Collection of ceramics. With Curator Cecilia Kendall.

Tuesday 12 May

Meet Mini Turner! Brighton’s own suffragette law-maker & law-breaker. With Gallery Explainer Karen Antoni.

Tuesday 5 May

A State of Dress and Undress. Taking a revealing look at the symbolism of clothing in Fine Art. With Dr Alexandra Loske.

Tuesday 21 April

Rockin’ Bill and the Renegades. Exploring the museum’s Renegade Collection and uncovering the people beneath these unique sub-cultural clothes. With Curator Martin Pel.

Tuesday 7 April

Martha Gunn: Queen of the Ocean! Meeting Georgian Brighton’s Martha Gunn, a professional ‘Dipper’

Tuesday 31 March

Stories from the Strange World of the Booth Museum. With writer-in-residence and Booker Prize finalist Mick Jackson.

Tuesday 24 March

Stone Age Whitehawk: Brighton’s earliest residents. Investigating Brighton’s past through the museum’s Archaeology Collection. With Curator Andy Maxted.

Tuesday 17 March

Fabulous Flint! Just pebbles on the beach? Learning more about the nature and origin of this valuable, natural resource. With Geologist and Booth Museum Curator John Cooper.

Tuesday 10 March

Stella Unscrambled. Exploring the significance of the Post-Abstract expressionists through the Heyer Bequest collection. With Curator Jenny Lund.

Tuesday 3 March

All Wrapped up: the Art of Furoshiki. Learning how to make the Japanese alternative to the carrier bag. With Keeper of World Art Helen Mears.

Tuesday 24 February

All that Glitters. Exploring our collection of Asante Goldweights from Ghana. With Assistant Curator Samantha Sharman.

Tuesday 17 February

Biba, Barbara and Brighton. Looking at the Career of Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki and her relationship to Brighton. With Curator Martin Pel.

Tues 10 Feb

Playful Pottery. A brief look at pastimes in Georgian society through the Willett Collection of ceramics. With Curator Cecilia Kendall.

Tues 27 Jan

Finding out more about the artist Dod Proctor. With Dr Alexandra Loske-Page.

 

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