Pioneering film director, Ida Lupino

Today marks 67 years since the release of the spine-chilling film, The Hitch-Hiker. With it, director, Ida Lupino made cinema history by becoming the first woman to direct a film noir.  Ex Brighton and Hove High School pupil, Ida Lupino … 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

The incredible life of Phoebe Hessel, (1713 – 1826)

One of the most remarkable graves in Brighton’s historic St Nicholas Churchyard is that of Phoebe Hessel. The stone, its letters now almost rubbed away with age, tells her exciting life story:  ‘Here lies Phoebe Hessel, born in Stepney in the … Continued

Pioneering Women of Sussex – Cricketer Clare Connor

Today England’s women’s cricket team are playing Thailand in the ICC T20 World Cup! It’s a great chance to celebrate local sporting hero Clare Connor CBE. Born in 1976, Clare Connor is former Captain of the England Women’s Cricket Team and … Continued