Henry Willett (1823-1905)

Henry Willett, a founding father of Brighton Museum, was a man of great energy, enthusiasm and wide-ranging interests. He was born in 1823, the youngest of the eleven children of William Catt an energetic farmer and miller. His mother Hannah … Continued

Lieutenant Colonel John Fawcett (1803-1878)

Lieutenant Colonel John Fawcett, first Mayor of Brighton, 1854. Before the creation of the Borough of Brighton by Incorporation on 19 January 1854 the town was led by Town Commissioners. Several attempts had been made to create a Borough prior to 1854; supporters … Continued

Mike Feist’s Camera Obscura Archive

I was born not far from the Booth Museum of Natural History in 1943 and lived over a large garage in Preston Road, Brighton until I was about 10 years old. My first school, called Preston Primary (although an Infant … Continued

At Work With… Gerald Legg

… Gerald Legg, Keeper of Natural Sciences Of exploration, empire, butterflies and beer Having worked at the Booth Museum of Natural History for more years than I like to admit to I have had the unique opportunity and privilege to work … Continued

Thomas Parkin, MA, JP, FGS, FZS, FLS, 1845 – 1932

Prolific collector During his lifetime Thomas Parkin assembled a large and significant collection of eggs. The collection was, in the majority, purchased, chiefly from the Stevens Auction Rooms in Covent Garden. Parkin’s collection along with all of his catalogues and … Continued

Frederick William Lucas, FLS; FZS, 1842 – 1932

Solicitor, Author, Museum owner, Collector. The Booth Museum biographical archive has numerous items relating to Frederick William Lucas. These include nine original photographs of his Rottingdean Museum, his original hand written catalogue, a photographic portrait of him and a letter … Continued

Arthur Foster Griffith, 1856 – 1933

Solicitor, Alderman, Naturalist, Collector. Arthur Foster Griffith was the son of Dr Griffith, the popular head master of Brighton College, and the brother of the well-known Egyptologist, Francis Llewellyn Griffith. Griffith donated significant quantities of objects to Brighton Museum & Art Gallery many … Continued

A Zoological Gallery at Brighton Museum

The Booth Museum  in  Brighton has been in existence since 1874 when it was simply the Booth Museum of Birds. 100 years later, during the 1970s, it became the Booth Museum of Natural History when the science collections from Brighton Museum … Continued

Mae West visit to Brighton 1948

On the 10 May 1948, screen siren Mae West took her seat at Brighton’s Theatre Royal for the European premiere of  ‘Ladies, Please!’ She co-wrote the play and was in town to attend its European premiere, bringing with her a … Continued

Passing the Ball: Brighton to Mali and Back

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery has been working with young people in Mali to help create content for a new World Stories gallery, opening in June 2012 to mark the London 2012 Games. Developed in partnership with young people, this … Continued

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