Rogues’ Gallery: Images of Crime and Punishment

This display features a wide range of serious crimes and lesser felonies of the 18th and early 19th centuries.  Some of the prints are cheap products of the gutter press while others are expensive copies of famous paintings. Some of … Continued

Indian Shadow Puppets

In shadows cast on a cloth screen, gods battle against agents of evil. Awe and divine inspiration unfold night after night through the Hindu epic of Ramayana. This act of religious devotion, often performed in front of a temple, also … Continued

Willett Collection of Popular Pottery

Henry Willett, a founding father of Brighton Museum, was a man of great energy, enthusiasm and wide-ranging interests. He was born in Newhaven, the youngest of eleven children and moved to Brighton in 1841. He ran the West Street Brewery … Continued

Queer Techno Fetish Punk

Jed Phoenix is a self-described Queer-Techno-Fetish-Punk (Q-T-F-P). Her style and identity draw on differing, sometimes overlapping interests in her life. This consciously avoids simplistic categorisation and the uniformity of single subcultural identities in favour of an assertive individualism. In an … Continued

The Stanford Estate in Brighton and Hove

Visitors to Preston Manor often ask how the Stanfords managed to maintain and finance not only the Manor itself but also the Pythouse estate in Wiltshire, 3 Ennismore Gardens in South Kensington, a yacht and large houses in Madeira and … Continued

James Williamson

James Williamson (1855-1933) was a filmmaker, manufacturer, producer, showman and inventor. He was married to Betsy Heaysman and had four children. Although born in Scotland, Williamson moved to Hove in 1886 and was part of the hugely influential Brighton School … Continued

Capturing Colour

‘Colour is life: for a world without colours appears to us as dead.’ – Johannes Itten, 1961 We take colour in the moving image for granted. But the search for a way to capture this colour is a story of … Continued

Diwali: Festival of Lights

Learning about Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights This learning resource was created to promote understanding of this important Hindu festival. It reflects a long-standing partnership between Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and the Hindu Women’s Group, a partnership which … Continued

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