The ‘Cinderella Service’: Photographs of the Women’s Land Army

Two young women pace across a newly-ploughed field, buckets in hands, hair blowing in the wind. One has a potato in their left hand; both of their faces are slightly blurred, but they seem to be smiling wistfully, caught up … Continued

The Parting Starts After Eight: a Stirrup Cup in the Willett Collection of Popular Pottery

In Charles Reade’s historic novel, The Cloister and the Hearth (1861), his character Gerard Brandt, an artist with ‘sensitive organs’ and a penchant for social blunders, is caught in a storm. He is tempted in to an inn by the … Continued

Old Shoreham Bridge, 1904

Today’s smattering of snow in Brighton has inspired us to look at some wintry scenes in our fine art collection. This 1904 oil painting by William Henry Boyd captures the loneliness and cold of a trudge through nearby Shoreham. The … Continued

Brighton and The Dig

A new film on Netflix, The Dig, tells the story of the excavation of the Great Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo. The film is based on the novel of the same title by John Preston, the nephew of Peggy Piggott, … Continued



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