Exhibitions and events at the Royal Pavilion & Museums – March 2015

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Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove City Council BN1 1EE
Press release 18 February 2015

Exhibitions and events at the Royal Pavilion & Museums – March 2015

A selection of exhibitions and events for adults and families at the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove in March 2015


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 15 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, art, 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.

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.

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

Pavilion Contemporary returns to the Royal Pavilion this autumn, with a stunning new installation in the Music Room by artist Maisie Broadhead.

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 reference points, paintings and photographs.

The Royal Pavilion as an Indian Military Hospital
Open now
Admission payable, members free

A permanent gallery on the first floor of the Royal Pavilion tells the story of how the Royal Pavilion was used as an Indian Military Hospital from December 1914 to January 1916.

From 1 December 2014, to commemorate the centenary of the opening of the hospital, a display of archive images in five of the Royal Pavilion’s ground floor rooms show the rooms in use as the Indian Military Hospital.


Free admission to all displays

Ongoing displays:

Ocean Blues
Continues to Spring 2016

The oceans are home to more than half of all life on earth, cover 70% of the earth’s surface and have supported life for millions of years, but the last century has seen the oceans devastated with the invention of plastics and industrialised methods of fishing.

From marine conservation zones to changes in fishing, and recycling programmes, we are now beginning to change the way we treat the seas. This display 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.

War Posters
Continues to 7 June 2015
A display of original First World War posters from the museum’s own collections. The posters tell the stories of the push for enlistment and ultimately conscription, of women workers, the plight of Belgian refugees and of our other allies, of rationing as the U-boat blockade bites, and of government requests for financial help as the cost of the war starts to hit hard.

Beyond the Mantelpiece
Continues to 9 May 2015
The Museum Mentors Group, a group of individuals with varied critical social needs, have created a film and a new display of ceramic objects around the theme of charity in response to objects within the Willett Collection of Popular Pottery.

This display forms part of the ‘Out of the Blue Waide Project,’ within the framework of the INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England cross-border European cooperation programme, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.


To book call the Events Booking line on 03000 290902

Bite-size Museum
Every Tuesday and Saturday
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.

The Royal Pavilion Estate and the First World War
Saturdays 28 February, Sundays 29 March & 12 April
10.30am-1.30pm includes refreshment break £20, members £15, book in advance
Uncover the remarkable story of the Royal Pavilion Estate as a military hospital from 1914 to 1919. Includes exclusive backstage access to the Dome, Corn Exchange and a glimpse of the famous secret tunnel.

Behind the Scenes Tour
Fridays 27 February, 20 March 11am–12.45pm & 24 April 11am–12.45pm & 2–3.45pm
£15, members £12, book in advance
Go through the door marked ‘private’ on this fascinating and surprising back-stage tour that reveals the hidden half of the house.

A Passion for Piers 1814 to 1914
Thursday 5 March
7-8.30pm *£10, £8 members (includes a glass of wine), book in advance
This lecture looks at 100 years of pleasure piers covering the heyday of Victorian pier building.
*Book both Pier lectures for just £15, £12 members

A Passion for Piers 1915 to 2015
Thursday 26 March
7-8.30pm *£10, £8 members (includes a glass of wine), book in advance
This lecture celebrates piers and looks at the success stories of surviving piers and the struggle to keep them.
*Book both Pier lectures for £15, £12 members

Ghosts, the Victorians and Us
Saturday 7 March & Friday 17 April
2.30–4pm £15, members £12, book in advance
A talk and tour investigating why Preston Manor has the enduring reputation for being haunted. Includes original archive material and first-hand accounts.

Beneath the Whispering Sea
Thursday 12 March
7-10pm £5, members £4 in advance, £7 on the door
A special after-hours event featuring marine taxidermy demonstrations, storytelling, cocktails, underwater silent disco and a chance to discover sea secrets from the Museum stores.
In collaboration with Whalefest

Murder Mystery Night
Saturdays 14 March & 18 April
6pm & 8.30pm £20, members £15 (includes a glass of wine), book in advance
Join 368 Theatre Company for an evening of murder and mystery set in the 1930s. Watch the story unfold and see if you can work out whodunit!

We’ve teamed up with Brighton & Hove Healthwalks:

Booth Museum of Natural History Healthwalk
Wednesday 11 March
10am Meet on the green area opposite the Booth Museum, Dyke Road
A gentle walk around Dyke Road Park, followed by a talk on the history of the Booth Museum with John Cooper, Keeper of Natural Sciences.

Hove Museum Healthwalk
Thursday 16 April
10am Meet at Hove Bandstand
A gentle seafront stroll finishing at Hove Museum for a guided tour with Julia Basnett, Hove Museum Programmer.

Tours are FREE and limited to 20 people, to book a place email healthwalks@brightonhove.gov.uk or visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/healthwalks



Jaws ‘n’ Claws
Monday 30 March
10.30-11.30am, 1.30-2.30pm & 3-4pm £5, members £4, book in advance.
All ages
Live mini beast handling with Phil and his amazing menagerie, including snakes, lizards and giant bugs.


Brighton Museum goes under the Sea!

Meet Martha Gunn
Saturday 28 March & Tuesday 7 April
12-4pm Free, drop-in. All ages
See what Martha, Queen of the ocean and professional ‘dipper’, makes of the objects that wash up on our shoreline nowadays.

Ocean Explorer
Saturday 28 March to Sunday 12 April
During museum open hours Free, drop-in. All ages
Pick up an Ocean Explorer trail and discover more about this unfamiliar world.

Making Waves
Sunday 29 March, Monday 6 & Saturday 11 April
12-4pm Free, drop-in. All ages
Paint, colour, draw, cut and stick in our creative sea-themed afternoons.


Spring is in the air!

Springs, spirals, coils and curves
Saturday 28 March to Sunday 12 April (except Wednesdays 1 & 8 April)
During museum open hours Free, drop-in. Up to 8 years
As Spring arrives, can you find springs, spirals, coils and curves on this Museum Magpie trail?

It’s a Spring Thing!
Tuesday 31 March, Friday 3,Tuesday 7 & Friday 10 April
10.30am–12pm & 1.30–3pm
Free, drop in. 3-8 years
Use paint, paper, collage and glue to create your Spring picture, bonnet, badge or card. Maybe your creation could be an Easter present!


Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects. These sessions are for 2-5 year olds only. Tickets are £4.50, members £3.50, book in advance.

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

Brighton Museum
Tuesdays 10.30am-12pm
10 & 24 March

Booth Museum
Fridays 10-11.30am
13 & 27 March


Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Free admission
Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE Tel 03000 290900
Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm
Closed Mon (except Bank Holidays 10am–5pm)

Hove Museum & Art Gallery
Free admission
19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4AB Tel 03000 290900
Open Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 2–5pm
Closed Wed (Open on Bank Holiday Mondays)

Booth Museum of Natural History
Free admission
194 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 5AA Tel 03000 290900
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm (closed lunchtimes 12-1.15pm), Sunday 2-5pm
Closed Thursday; Good Friday, 24, 25 & 26 December, 1 January

The Royal Pavilion
Admission fee payable
Brighton BN1 1EE Tel 03000 290900
Open daily Apr–Sep 9.30am–5.45pm (last admission 5pm)
Oct–Mar 10am–5.15pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Closed 24 Dec (from 2.30pm), 25 & 26 Dec

Preston Manor
Admission fee payable
Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD Tel 03000 290900
Open Apr–Sep Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm
Closed Mon (including Bank Holidays) & Sat
Closed Oct–Mar except for pre-booked groups, school visits and special events.


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