Experience the Extraordinary at Brighton & Hove Museums

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Press Release 17 February 2015

If you haven’t visited one of our five fabulous venues in Brighton & Hove recently here are some reasons why you should!

Come and indulge your senses at the Royal Pavilion one of the most exotically beautiful buildings in Britain. Built for King George IV the extraordinary Indian architecture contrasts with lavish interiors inspired by China. Our free audio guides provide fascinating facts and background information as you take your tour of the Royal Pavilion. As well as being available in various languages there is also a tour for visually impaired visitors, a special children’s tour and new for 2015 a First World War Indian Military Hospital tour. Visit this half term to catch our stunning Pavilion Contemporary installation, Peepers by artist Maisie Broadhead, before it closes on 1 March 2015. Don’t forget that Brighton & Hove residents living within postcodes BN1, BN2, BN3 or BN41 can enjoy half price entry to the Royal Pavilion with up to four accompanying children free! (proof of address required).

Enjoy art and culture at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery which embodies the city’s creative flair and cosmopolitan charm. Explore world art, fashion, ceramics, 20th century art and design, paintings, local history and much more. Our moving exhibition War Stories: Voices from the First World War continues until 1 March 2015. This must see exhibition brings to life the wartime experiences of 13 individuals whose intensely personal memories and extraordinary stories reveal the impact of war. New for 2015 – every Tuesday and Saturday at 12pm pop in for Bite-size Museum, free pop-up guided tours, short talks and closer looks at stories from our eclectic collections.
Free admission.

Explore the Natural World at the Booth Museum of Natural History. The star attraction is the Victorian taxidermy of collector Edward Booth, as well as skeletons and dinosaur bones, butterflies and insects. Drop-in over half term with the kids for Discover Skeletons on Friday 20 February, meet our expert staff and find out more about the skeletal collections at the Booth.
The ever popular Early Years sessions for 2-5 year olds continue on Fridays 13, 27 February, 13 & 27 March & 17 April. The little ones can get hands-on with objects from our collections, listen to a story and get messy in our art and craft activities.
Free admission (fees apply to some events).

There is fun for all the family to be had at Hove Museum & Art Gallery and children of all ages will enjoy the toys in the Wizard’s Attic. Hove Museum also features contemporary craft, local history, paintings and tells the story of the pioneers of film. Our family friendly exhibition The Amazing Analogue: How we play photography continues until 3 March 2015. German photographer Jan von Holleben collaborated with young people to create an exhibition of joyful and curious images inspired by our film collection. From Sunday 14 to Sunday 22 February drop-in to Hove Museum for the Tech Detective Trail or get creative at Curious Creations and Amazing Machines on Tuesday 17 and Friday 20 February and create a picture taking ideas from The Amazing Analogue.
Free admission.

Our beautiful Edwardian House Preston Manor re-opens to the public on 1 April 2015 but you can still join us on one of our special events. Take a Behind the Scenes Tour on Fridays 27, February, 20 March or 24 April, investigate why Preston Manor has a reputation for being haunted at Ghosts, the Victorians and Us on Saturday 7 March and Friday 17 April, or take part in our new Murder Mystery Night on Saturdays 14 March or 18 April.
Event charges apply.

For more information about visiting our venues or to see our full programme of events and exhibitions visit our new website www.brightonmuseums.org.uk


Information for editors

Press enquiries: Marketing and Audience Development, 03000 290906

Venue and Event listings

Entrance in Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton
03000 290900
Open daily: April-September 9.30am-5.45pm (last admission 5pm), October-March 10am-5.15pm (last admission 4.30pm). Closed 24 December (from 2.30pm), 25 & 26 December
Admission fee payable
Wheelchair accessible (ground floor only), Wheelchairs available, Accessible toilet, Baby changing facilities, tactile tours for visually impaired,
Café, shop

Pavilion Contemporary 2014
An installation by Maisie Broadhead
Continues to 1 March 2015
Admission payable, members free

Maisie Broadhead’s stunning installation continues in the Music Room.

Visitors are invited to experience the palace in a new way, as the Music Room becomes a decadent doll’s house, dwarfed by giant figures peering curiously in through the windows.

The installation is inspired by the scrutiny George IV experienced from a society which became obsessed, fascinated, intrigued, even disgusted by his life in the extravagant Royal Pavilion and detached from the reality of the outside world.

The work plays with our voyeuristic fascination with peering in at other people’s lives and homes – especially those of celebrities and royals.

Maisie Broadhead graduated from Brighton University and the Royal College of Art, originally working with jewellery. She works increasingly with photography and film, creating atmospheric contemporary narratives inspired by historical paintings and photographs.

Entrance in Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE
03000 290900
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
Closed Monday (except public holidays 10am-5pm)
Free admission
Wheelchair accessible, wheelchairs available, accessible toilet, baby changing facilities, passenger lift
Gift shop, café

War Stories: Voices from the First World War
Continues to 1 March 2015
Free admission

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, this exhibition brings to life the wartime experiences of 13 individuals whose intensely personal memories and extraordinary stories reveal the impact of war.

The diverse voices of individuals reveal both familiar and surprising stories of a war that profoundly changed British society. See the war through the eyes of a young girl born in 1914, an Indian soldier wounded on the Western Front and taken to hospital in the Royal Pavilion, soldiers from Brighton, including a Brighton & Hove Albion footballer, nurses and a gardener who was imprisoned for his pacifist beliefs.

Personal letters, diaries, photography, costume, film and memorabilia evoke the love, excitement, fear, bravery, grief, loss and longing that touched the lives of millions of people.

Reflections on our personal and collective acts of remembrance and commemoration explore the continuing impact of war on our lives.

This exhibition has been made possible by funding and support from the INTERREG 2 Seas Programme – a cross-border European cooperation programme, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Bite-size Museum
Every Tuesday and Saturday from Saturday 24 January
12pm, Free. Check our website for full details of each event
Pop-up guided tours, short talks and closer looks at stories from our eclectic collections led by Royal Pavilion & Museums staff. Amber, artists, archaeology and Africa are just a few of the subjects covered this spring.

194 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 5AA
03000 290900
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm (closed for lunch 12-1.15pm), Sunday 2-5pm
Closed Thursday
Free admission
Accessible via rear door, accessible toilet, baby changing facilities

Discover Skeletons
Friday 20 February
10.30–11.45am & 1.30–4.30pm Free, drop-in. All ages
Come and speak to our expert staff at this drop-in discovery day looking at the skeletal collections at the Booth.

Early Years – Old Stuff, New Stuff, Do Stuff!
Get hands-on with objects from our collections, listen to a story and get messy in our art and craft activities. Each session has a different theme based on our collections or the current exhibition.
£4.50, members £3.50, book in advance. 2-5 year olds only
Fridays 10-11.30am
16 & 30 January
13 & 27 February
13 & 27 March
17 April
To book call 03000 290902.

19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4AB
03000 290900
Open Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm, Sunday 2-5pm
Closed Wed; 24-28 December, 1 Jan
Free admission
Fully accessible
Café, shop

The Amazing Analogue: How we play photography
Brighton Photo Biennial Exhibition
Continues to 3 March 2015
Free admission

Young imaginations take centre stage in an exhibition of inspiring, joyful and curious images.

German photographer Jan von Holleben collaborates with young people from Brighton & Hove and employs perspective, props and a box of
tricks that owes much to the early film pioneers celebrated in Hove Museum’s extraordinary collection.

Exploring a mysterious archive of unidentified slides and negatives, Jan and his young team set out to discover what the strange images might depict, and to construct incredible machines that might help to analyse them.

‘Everything is possible [in my work] – we can fly to a distant universe, build machines that can otherwise only be dreamt of, see ghosts, or shrink ourselves to dwarf-size; there are no limits apart from our own responsibilities and skills. This is how we play photography.’ Jan von Holleben

This exhibition is a Photoworks and Brighton & Hove Museums co-commission for Brighton Photo Biennial 2014.

Tech Detective Trail
Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 February (except Wednesday 18 February)
During museum open hours Free, drop-in. Up to 8 years
Can you find the amazing machines in Hove Museum and claim your prize? Pick up a Museum Magpie bag for this fun hunt around the museum.

Curious Creations and Amazing Machines
Tuesday 17 & Friday 20 February
10.30am–12pm & 1.30–3pm Free, drop in. 3-8 years
Create a curious picture taking ideas from The Amazing Analogue exhibition. What machine would be needed to view your creation?

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