Prince Albert driving the Queen and Princess Royal in their Sledge, at Brighton, 1845

This print of Queen Victoria’s last recorded visit to the Royal Pavilion, in February 1845, was published in The Illustrated London News. It is one of the most popular images in our collection, perhaps because it looks utterly romantic. Who’s … Continued

A ‘beautiful and splendid cabinet of the arts’ in Brighton, 200 years ago

Now that museums and galleries are reopening, we look at an early Brighton picture gallery in the Circus Street area.  What cultural entertainment was available in Brighton 200 years ago? Apart from events at assembly rooms, horse racing, theatres and … Continued

Here comes the Moon: Edward Louis Lawrenson’s 1920s Sussex Moonrise

On the occasion of this year’s Harvest Moon (20/21 September) and the Autumn equinox (22 September) we hung this atmospheric landscape painting in Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. Curator Alexandra Loske takes a closer look at the painting and its … Continued

Hidden Nature: Tiger-lily burning bright in Royal Pavilion Wonderland

Today’s Heritage Open Day Hidden Nature post examines the Tiger-lily found within and around the Royal Pavilion. During Covid-19 lockdown I started cataloguing Mike Jones’s wonderful drawings of plants and flowers in the Royal Pavilion Gardens. Where possible, I try … Continued

Hidden Nature: Flower power from the Far East – Peony, the King of Flowers

Continuing this weeks Heritage Open Days theme of Hidden Nature, we take a look at some of the hidden flowers among the Royal Pavilion wallpaper. During Covid-lockdown the Royal Pavilion team of conservators and curators worked hard on rehanging the … Continued

The Marvellous Mrs Mary Merrifield

Curator Alexandra Loske is excited to discover that artist and writer Mary Philadelphia Merrifield was also a pioneering dress historian. She explains more in our new blog in the series 100 Pioneering Women of Sussex . Anita Corbin’s exhibition of … Continued

Grateful George’s horse bling: the Brighton Cup up-close

Curator Alexandra Loske on the Brighton Cup, a trophy that’s currently on display in Brighton Museum, and how George IV supported horse racing in Brighton. It is well known that George IV was a connoisseur of all things bling and … Continued