Brighton Museum

Free Day: Happy Sussex Day

Join us once a month for one of our themed Free Days at Brighton Museum.

Shepherd and sheepdog on Sussex Downs, early 20th century

Museum Lab will feature a related Discovery Day on each of these dates, so drop-in for fun family activities and a chance to get up close and personal to objects not usually on display

On Saturday 17 June we invite you to discover the rich heritage and culture of Sussex as part of extended Sussex Day celebrations.

Sussex Day is held annually on 16 June, the feast day of Saint Richard of Chichester, the county’s patron saint. This year is the tenth anniversary of the first Sussex Day which was established to raise awareness of one of Britain’s most ancient kingdoms.

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery staff and volunteers will be joined by members of the Sussex Museums Group, the Sussex Association and the South Downs Folk Singers to promote the day. Family-friendly activities include flag and badge making based on the Sussex Flag, an introduction to Sussex dialect and folklore and storytelling.

The RSPB will invite visitors to discover the fascinating wildlife of Sussex and Writing Our Legacy will perform poetry readings inspired by the historic county throughout the day.

There will also be music and tales celebrating and exploring Sussex’s natural heritage, the countryside and seaside, with Afro-German poet Akila, Sudanese poet and musician Bashir Algamar, and world music band EnoNamai – taking inspiration from Constable’s paintings of Sussex. Organised by diverse literature organisation Writing Our Legacy.



Free admission for all, drop-in. All ages