The People’s Palace Quiz

Oil painting showing the grand re-opening of the Music Room in the Royal Pavilion, 1851, by Aaron Penley (FA000389)
The Music Room, Royal Pavilion: the Grand Re-Opening Ball. Oil painting by Aaron Penley, 1851 (FA000389)

Now that Christmas is over, many of us are looking forward to the New Year. With the Queen celebrating her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and our Princess Charlotte exhibition opening in the Royal Pavilion in March, royalty will be a prominent theme of the year. But we will start the year by celebrating the Pavilion’s role as a People’s Palace.

On Sunday 22 January, the Royal Pavilion will hold its annual free open day. In the run up to this, we will be exploring the often forgotten history of the Pavilion as a civic building. Purchased for the town in 1850, the Pavilion has served a variety of purposes, from ballroom venue to a home for local Freemasons.

We’ll kick off with a quiz. The Pavilion has had a number of brushes with fame in the last 161 years, and we’ve  six questions on this theme. Answer the questions below, and you may stand a chance of winning a cream tea for two and free admission to the Royal Pavilion. Answers can be submitted up until the end of Sunday 22 January.

This competition has now closed.

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