Brighton Museum

Beneath the Whispering Sea

After November’s sell out event at the Booth, the Lates programme returns to Brighton Museum Moby Dickfor Beneath the Whispering Sea, in collaboration with Whalefest.

An opportunity to view our Ocean Blues display out of hours will be supplemented by a repeat visit from the popular Jazmine Miles-Long, who will be conducting a marine taxidermy demonstration, and a chance to discover sea secrets from the Booth museum stores at a special ‘museum pub quiz’.

Meet legendary Brighton ‘dipper’ Martha Gunn, who will lead you on a microscopic mission to identify specimens from the deep, and be captivated by the haunting story of ‘The Fiji Mermaid’, a Victorian side show hoax.

Add to the murky mix a dash of deep-sea cocktails, a splash of underwater silent disco, and readings from a resurrected Victorian Whaler, and you’re sure to find something to float your boat.

Full programme


Fancy Dress Box: On the Ocean Waves
20th Century Gallery
Enter unchartered waters and transform yourself with an outfit more fitting for the evening’s occasion. Tweet your pictures to us at @brightonmuseums

Marine Taxidermy Demonstration
Education Pavilion, ongoing with supporting talks at 8pm and 9pm
Ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long works only with animals that have died from natural causes and is practised in the art of naturalistic, modern taxidermy

Martha Gunn’s Microscope Madness
Art Room, ongoing
Join legendary Brighton ‘dipper’ Martha Gunn and help her identify a variety of objects from our oceans in microscopic detail

Museum Pub Quiz
World Stories Gallery, 8.30pm
Quizmaster Lee Ismail (AKA our Curator of Natural Sciences) will put teams through their paces with three rounds focusing on items he has hand picked from our collections

The Fiji Mermaid’s Tale
Exploring Brighton Gallery, 7.45pm, 8.15pm & 8.45pm
An intimate poetry performance featuring puppets inspired by sideshow favourite ‘The Fiji Mermaid’, a mummified body of a creature that was supposedly half mammal and half fish

Underwater Silent Disco
Smaller Egyptology Gallery, ongoing
Venture into the murky depths of our ‘underwater’ silent disco to get your nautical groove on. Not something you get a chance to do every Thursday!

Whalefest presents: Pop up Talks
20th Century Gallery, 7.30pm
Three ten minute talks exploring different aspects of marine life. Discover how whales and dolphins communicate, how an art installation can help UK jellyfish and all about the wonderful world of whale sharks living in the magical waters surrounding the Galápagos.

Whispers of a Wandering Whaler
Throughout, ongoing
Hear snippets from Thomas Beale’s 1837 study, ‘The Natural History of the Sperm Whale’, the first edition of which is in the Booth’s collections, alongside the book it inspired, ‘Moby Dick’


Make & Take: Origami
Spotlight Gallery, ongoing
Get into the fold with this wonderful drop-in workshop. Work alongside exhibits in our fascinating Ocean Blues display to create paper dolphins, whales and more

Miss Lanternalia’s Cave of Marine Dreams
South Balcony, ongoing
Our Magic Lantern Show hostess, Miss Lanternalia, dusts off century-old slides from the Booth Museum’s collection to give us a glimpse of real and imaginary creatures from the deep

Ocean Blues Exhibition
Spotlight gallery, ongoing
This thought-provoking display, the inspiration for this evening’s event, looks at some of the threats to life in the oceans as well as initiatives designed to reduce or reverse the impact modern society has had on this precious environment


£5, members £4 in advance, £7 on the door. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues, or you can buy tickets online. You can also email if you have any queries. A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events. Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.