Bears in Brighton

From the end of July 2016 until early 2017 there will be a display on bears in history, art and popular culture on the North Balcony of Brighton Museum. It is curated by Lee Ismail, Curator of Natural Science at … Continued

“Plenty of hidden doors and secret passages…” – The Royal Pavilion in a 1950s children’s book by Malcolm Saville

With public tours of the Royal Pavilion’s basement and tunnel imminent, it is worth looking at how the building with its many deceptive features and hidden passageways has been used in fiction. In 2012 it was the setting for a … Continued

The Royal Pavilion: Strolls in exotic gardens

It is worth having a closer look at the glorious Chinese export wallpaper that was painstakingly removed from the Royal Pavilion’s Saloon by experts Allyson and Andrew McDermott last November. The six large panels are a remarkable survival from the … Continued

The Illuminated Palace

On 1 November the London-based digital artwork studio SDNA will illuminate the exterior of the Royal Pavilion in order to mark and celebrate the opening of the exhibition Turner in Brighton at the Pavilion. Amongst other sources SDNA will use … Continued

Blue in the Royal Pavilion

In the 1820s the writer Richard Sickelmore described the newly finished Royal Pavilion interiors as ‘a splendour of light and colour’. George’s eccentric tastes and spending habits help explain the particularly exuberant use of colours in high saturation.  Pigments found … Continued