Brighton has a reputation as a fun-loving, tolerant and quirky city. The Images of Brighton gallery looks at some of the features traditionally associated with the city, and how they reflect Brighton’s history.

It explores Brighton’s importance as a fishing town in medieval times, and its re-invention as a health resort in the 1700s. It shows how Brighton became a centre for seaside holidaying in the late 1800s, and also examines how Brighton has gained its forward-thinking reputation today as a tolerant and fashionable city by the sea.

Brighton Image Gallery

Mods and rockers, the ‘dirty weekend’, lesbian and gay Brighton, and the city’s stunning Regency architecture are all highlighted parts of a history made by the city’s residents and visitors.

By juxtaposing the past with the present and by the choice of subject areas on display, the gallery seeks to illustrate popular perceptions of Brighton. These are explored not only through objects in our collections, but the use of images, oral histories, film, quotes, statistics, and folders of further information.

LGBTQ stories by Allsorts Youth Project

New for 2016: we have worked with Allsorts Youth Project to produce five short films for the gallery that explore local LGBTQ history.

Watch the video playlist below, or learn more about the project.

Votes for Women

Opened November 2018 – Marking the centenary of the first women being granted the vote, this small display highlights Brighton & Hove’s suffrage heritage and features objects belonging to Brighton-based suffragette Minnie Turner.

Where is it?

The Images of Brighton gallery is located on the ground floor of Brighton Museum. Turning right from the 20th century Art & Design gallery you can then enter from the first door on the right.

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