An occasional blog looking at the history of Brighton’s piers. Produced to accompany our 2015 Pierdom exhibition at Brighton Museum. This blog looks back at the lost Chain Pier, the ill-fated West Pier, and the surviving Chain Pier, now known … Continued
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Pop-up guided tours, short talks and closer looks at stories from our eclectic collections led by Royal Pavilion & Museums staff. Explore the personality, architecture and history of British piers made before 1914. With Explainer Jackie Marsh-Hobbs. Special offer After … Continued
Lecture celebrating piers from 1915-2015.
Lecture about pleasure piers from 1814 to 1914.
Exactly 100 years ago today, the decision was made to make Brighton a unique hospital town for Indian soldiers who had become sick or wounded on the Western Front. The decision was made by Sir Walter Lawrence, a former India … Continued
On 4 December 1896 a storm destroyed the first of Brighton’s piers, the Chain Pier. It had been built in 1823, the same year the finishing touches were added to John Nash’s transformation of the Royal Pavilion into an Oriental-looking … Continued
The Chain Pier was 350 yards long and thirteen feet wide. It was basically a bridge between the cliff wall and four towers. The towers were made of huge slabs of cast iron. They were held out of the water, … Continued
Brighton’s Palace Pier, originally known as Brighton Marine Palace and Pier, opened to the public for the first time on 20 May 1899. The pier was not actually complete on this date. Like many ambitious schemes, its construction had been … Continued
Haile Selassie was the Emperor of Ethiopa from 1930 to 1974. In 1935 Ethiopia was invaded by Italian forces, and he left the country the following year. He spent most of his exile in Bath. During this time he visited … Continued
The rapier blade and handle are part of a Bronze Age hoard discovered a short distance inland from Black Rock, East Brighton, in late 1913 or early 1914. The hoard was found in chalk rubble, probably during the excavation of … Continued
Did you know that Madeira Terrace played a role in Brighton’s seafront defences during the Second World War? As the Save Madeira Terrace crowdfunding campaign continues, it is worth remembering there was a time when this famous section of Brighton’s … Continued
The Royal Pavilion is home to many exotic beasts of one variety or another. Renowned as an orientalist fantasy, it features dragons, including the famous Dragon Chandelier in the Banqueting Room, phoenixes and snakes. Some of you may also remember … Continued
Another year and another publication for the ‘Writing at the Museum’ course run by Creative Future. This is the forth pamphlet in the series, showing how Brighton Museum & Art Gallery continues to inspire our writers, and how every object … Continued
Punk Johnny Rotten rips his shirt, Sid Vicious covered in safety pins, Vivien Westwood says to Malcolm McLaren: ‘I’ll use the pins on you, to show my love, my aesthetic invention, a gift to you.’ Was it? And I didn’t … Continued