For many, this weekend will be dominated by celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. These anniversaries have long been marked by the people of Brighton & Hove, but they have not always been celebrated by street parties. Back in 1935, during King George V’s Silver Jubilee, bonfires seem to have been a popular means of marking the occasion.
One postcard in our collection shows a bonfire prepared in Rottingdean. Another two photographs show a bonfire constructed by local scouts at Hollingbury Hill Fort. These two photographs are of particular significance to Brighton Museum because they were taken by former curator and archaeologist Herbert Toms.