Hippies

Hippies emerged in the mid 1960s in the United States, particularly on the West Coast. The Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco became the centre of hippy culture, culminating in the ‘Summer of Love’ in 1967. They introduced or popularised many … Continued

Rod puppets from Java

The show takes place outside, blocking the street for most of the evening. As he manipulates the figures, the puppeteer’s head is in full view of the audience. He introduces the story and announces the puppets as they appear on … Continued

The Last of the Stanfords

In Vere Fane-Benett-Stanford, His Letters and Diary during the Great War, London, 1923 (henceforth abbreviated to Letters), a picture emerges of the last in the line of the Stanfords of Preston Manor, Brighton. Vere Fane-Benett-Stanford recorded many of his experiences of the First … Continued

Egungun Masquerade

Egúngún, which can be translated as ‘powers concealed’ is an annual or biennial masquerade festival held by Yoruba-speaking people in Nigeria. It takes the form of masked and costumed performers moving among the crowd, through the streets. An Egúngún masker … Continued

Mary Tourle: a portrait at Preston Manor

Adapted from the article “The Iconography of Wealth & Privilege: a portrait of Mary Tourle (1775-1846) of Lewes at Preston Manor” by Kay Diggens, The Royal Pavilion Review, 1994 Number 1 As one gazes around the grand and imposing entrance hall … Continued

Skaters

Although skateboarding is believed to have been invented in the 1930s, it was not until the mid 1950s that skateboarding began to develop into the sports/style pastime that we know it as today. Skateboarders (skaters) originally took their dress of … Continued