The Exploring Brighton gallery is one of two local history galleries in Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, alongside the Images of Brighton gallery.
It’s a good idea to view both galleries on your visit as they represent two very different sides of the city.
Exploring Brighton questions the commonly held perceptions of Brighton through four themes. These are explored through film, oral histories, statistics and quotes, and images and objects that reflect the daily life of the city’s inhabitants, both past and present.
Living in Brighton
looks at the city’s growth and the social impact of its expansion. Behind the grandeur of the Regency seafront and Pavilion estate, Brighton has always contained areas of poverty and deprivation.
Working in Brighton
demonstrates that not everyone in Brighton works in the tourist industry. A variety of ways to make a living are examined from street traders to light industry.
Time to Yourself
shows some of the ways Brightonians spend their leisure time. While piers and amusements are primarily the tourist’s domain, Brighton also has its share of sports, pubs, gardens, cinemas and theatres.
examines how Brighton folk form their own identities through religious groups, schools, societies and associations. It looks at how these identities add to the diversity of Brighton’s communities, and how the city promotes its own reputation.
Where is it?
The Exploring Brighton gallery is located on the ground floor of Brighton Museum. From the Ancient Egypt Gallery take the first door on the left just before the stairs to enter the Gallery.