Pinterest, photography and the public at the Pavilion

A yellow vase with detailed embellishment in Chinese style
Chinese vase, the Royal Pavilion

One of the things which has always struck me when I’ve visited the Royal Pavilion in the past is how much I end up coveting some of the gorgeous things in there.

Many of you will understand the feeling if you’ve visited any Open Houses during the Festival.  While it’s great to look at the art, many of us like to have a nose round other people’s houses and dream.

I decided to create a Pinterest board of some of the things I’d love to have in my own house from the Royal Pavilion.  If you haven’t come across it yet, Pinterest is a social media platform which allows you to post images onto digital ‘pinboards’ to share with your followers.  It is a great way to display lovely pictures of gorgeous things such as fashion, interior design and obviously, kittens.

Photography at the Royal Pavilion 

Taking pictures in the Royal Pavilion is absolutely banned. And here’s why. There are some pieces which belong to the Queen – the Royal Collection. You’re not allowed to take photos of these pieces and publish them without permission from Buck House. If you do, you’ll be tried for treason. (Only joking.) That’s why there are signs all over the Pavilion warning you not to take photos.

In my extremely privileged position as Blogger-in-Residence, I was given permission to take photos – as long as they were not of the Royal Collection.

Last week, I headed off to there, with my pass and the agreement of the security team who keep a close eye on the priceless artefacts in our beautiful palace.

Breaking bad at the Royal Pavilion

What I hadn’t bargained for was the Great General Public with their fierce adherence to rules. All the way around as I zoomed in on my dream vases and longed-for Regency tables, people huffed and puffed at me with disapproval.

Some people said under their breath but very loudly as they passed;”I thought there was NO PHOTOGRAPHY in here” and glared at me. Others just glared and tutted.  One man jovially warned me I was going to get in trouble and that I’d better watch out. A teenager, a foreign student accosted me and told me I was breaking the rules. He did at least calm down when I showed him my official badge and told him I was working and had permission.

I have to admit, it challenged me. I’m not a natural rebel and I found it excruciating in a very English way. The absolute worst bit was when I ducked under a rope to get a better angle and set off a VERY LOUD alarm.

“What are you doing? You’re not allowed to take pictures,” bellowed an older grey-haired gentleman.

“I’m sorry,” I apologised. “I’m allowed to, I work here,” I said.

“Then you should know better!” he replied.

Anyway, now I’ve got over my embarrassment, I’ve decided we should take it as a good thing that people are so protective of our heritage and are prepared to speak out to safeguard it.

  • And so here’s my Pinterest board, Things from the Royal Pavilion I’d love in my home.  There is plenty here to inspire you if you love interior design, luxurious colours and Chinese inspired design.  I’ll be adding things to the RP&M Pinterest board during my time as Blogger-in-Residence.

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