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

Everybody Loves a Giraffe, Especially our George

On the first floor of the Royal Pavilion, in the corridor outside the Adelaide Tearooms, there is a selection of satirical Georgian prints on display. One of them entitled The Great Joss and his Playthings by “Shortshanks” Robert Seymour from … Continued

Satire on a Royal Marriage 1795

James Gillray, The Lover’s Dream, 24 January 1795 Hand-coloured etching and aquatint. FA208920 George, Prince of Wales had promised to marry Caroline of Brunswick in exchange for writing off his debts. In the print, his wife to be hovers over … Continued

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