Jubilee Bonfires, 1935

Postcard of bonfire at Windmill Hill, Rottingdean, 1935
Postcard of bonfire at Windmill Hill, Rottingdean, 1935

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.

Bonfire at Hollinbury Hill fort, May 1935. Photo by Herbert S Toms.
Bonfire at Hollinbury Hill fort, May 1935. Photo by Herbert S Toms.

Bonfire at Hollinbury Hill fort, May 1935. Photo by Herbert S Toms.

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