Best of our blog 2012

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Royal Pavilion and Museums logoThat was 2012…

Our blog is a great way for us to tell stories about our collections and buildings and, above all, the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Royal Pavilion and Museums. 2012 has proven a great year for the blog: we’ve received over 46,000 post views, averaging at about 127 per day. That’s roughly double the amount we received last year, and it shows every sign of growing.

But what were our most popular posts of 2012? Here’s the top ten by number of views.

  1. What can these Diamond Jubilee portraits tell us about the Royal Pavilion? We all know a picture can tell a thousand stories, but few would have expected one of the official Diamond Jubilee portraits of the Queen to reveal something of the history of the Royal Pavilion. Published in February 2012 by Alexandra Loske.
  2. Murder in the Royal Pavilion: Peter James’ new novel, Not Dead Yet. Bestselling Brighton novelist Peter James used the Royal Pavilion as a location for the 2012 installment in the Roy Grace series of detective novels. Alexandra Loske explored the facts behind the fiction.
  3. All that glitters might be silver… in the Royal Pavilion. Another post by Alexandra Loske, celebrating the addition of Princess Charlotte’s wedding dress to our temporary exhibition in the Royal Pavilion.
  4. Emperor Haile Selassie on the West Pier. An analysis of one of the most evocative photographs in our collections.
  5. Free Christmas e-cards from the Royal Pavilion and Museums. Festive and free is always a good combination. Especially when supported by owls on tricycles.
  6. The Reconstruction of a Saxon Man’s Face. This piece was originally published on our website, but it attracted a lot of interest once it was revived for our blog.
  7. The Royal Pavilion and the Great Storm of 1987. 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of this devastating storm.
  8. The Royal Stables and Riding House. Published in June, this post by Kate Elms of the Brighton History Centre showed how the Dome and Corn Exchange developed as part of the Royal Pavilion estate.
  9. Exploring Jeff Keen. This post by Jennifer Milarski was published at the end of 2011, but following Keen’s death in July and our current exhibition in Brighton Museum, there is now a great deal more interest in the work of this innovative local artist and film maker.
  10. A History of Brighton in One Painting. In January we purchased a Turner watercolour of Brighton, one of our most important acquisitions for several years. Laura Williams describes the nail-biting story behind its purchase.

…what lies in store for 2013?

We’re looking at ways to freshen up our blog content. You can help us by taking part in this short survey, and tell us what you think of the blog and what content you would like to see more of.

We will also kick off 2013 by appointing our very first blogger in residence. We will announce details of how to apply on this blog on Wednesday 2 January. Look out for updates via Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

Our blog survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PKTJ2FM

Kevin Bacon, Digital Development Officer

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