Brunswick Lawns, Hove, 1900

This watercolour is a view of Brunswick Lawns on Hove seafront, looking east. It was painted in 1900 and attributed to Clair Cripps. Signs of the times We usually use Close Look to invite people to look at the detail … Continued

Alison Lapper, MBE, artist

Today’s 100 Pioneering Women of Sussex blog celebrates artist Alison Lapper, MBE. Alison started painting at age 3 and this creative outlet perhaps allowed her to escape into a world of imagination away from the turbulent life spent in a … Continued

Vesta Tilley, trailblazing entertainer

A woman who became a Hove resident later in life was music hall star and celebrity, Vesta Tilley.  She had visited Brighton and other places in Sussex many times in her career, performing in particular at Brighton’s Hippodrome and the Theatre Royal, regaling … Continued

Festival of Archaeology 2020: Romano-British Bronze Statuette of a Stag

The fourth archaeology object we are showcasing to celebrate this week’s annual Festival of Archaeology (11-19 July) run by the Council of British Archaeology (CBA), is a rare bronze statuette of a stag. With its intricately detailed mane and antlers, … Continued

Festival of Archaeology 2020: Neolithic Arrowhead

The third archaeology object we are featuring to celebrate this week’s annual Festival of Archaeology (11-19 July), run by the Council of British Archaeology (CBA), is a Neolithic leaf shaped flint arrowhead. The arrowhead was discovered during excavations in the … Continued

Doughty’s Dogs, 1908

This postcard shows James Doughty and his dogs performing on the West Pier in Brighton in 1908. Jumping through hoops After a long career as a travelling clown and showman, James Doughty came to settle in Brighton. He would carry … Continued