Twitter Q&A with Janita Bagshawe, our Head of Royal Pavilion and Museums

The Museums Association will be holding its annual conference in Brighton this year on 3-4 October. Janita Bagshawe, our Head of Royal Pavilion and Museums, has been co-ordinating one of the conference’s themes: ‘Innovation: Creativity and Crisis’. She will also … Continued

Midsummer’s Eve and the Calendula officinalis – the Pot Marigold.

Midsummer’s Eve usually relates to European celebrations that accompany the Summer Solstice, either on the actual solstice or between June 21 and June 24, depending on the culture. The celebration predates Christianity and is thought to be related to ancient … Continued

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

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

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