The ambience of a typical Victorian Gentleman’s study is recreated at the Booth Museum.

The Victorian Study uses furniture from the Brighton Museum collections to re-create the look and feel of a late 19th Century Victorian collectors study. Practical furniture and equipment such as writing desks and a butterfly cabinet are displayed alongside more decorative leisure items and trophies from expeditions such as leopard skin rugs, bird cornucopia displays and cards tables.

The study attempts to reflect how central natural history was to the Victorians, but also demonstrates how differently they valued nature – a challenge to overcome and a commodity to own. Today, we recognise nature is a precious resource we need to preserve and restore.