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 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.
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.