Spend some time wandering through one of our online exhibitions.

Some of these are virtual versions of physical displays. Others are born-digital projects taking a deep dive into a theme.

Queer the Pier (2020)

This community curated exhibtion opened in Brighton Museum shortly before the Covid-19 lockdown. On this page you can find interviews with the community curators discussing favourite items on display and why it is important to remember the LGBTIQA+ lives that have helped shape Brighton & Hove.

The project team have also written several blog posts, covering the work behind the exhibition and some of the characters and issues referenced in the exhibition.

Fashioning Africa (2020)

Portrait of Saidi Kanda, Brighton based Musician and ‘Sapeur’. Taken by photographer Paul Jackson.

This web resource offers an overview of the Fashioning Africa project, a strategic collecting initiative funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund through its Collecting Cultures scheme. In total, over 400 garments, textiles and artworks were acquired by the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove (Brighton Museum) over the period 2015-2019. A specially-formed collecting panel, made up of specialists in African fashion, played a key role in directing the Museum’s activities in this area.

The collection is unique in offering insights into African fashion and style practices in the post-1960 period. While UK museum collections are rich in African textiles from the colonial era, few museums are able to represent how the tumultuous changes that swept the continent in the postcolonial period are reflected in the textiles and fashion worn in African countries and by members of African diasporas. With the help of partners, Brighton Museum has sought to address this absence, and to implement new, collaborative modes of collecting. The objects and images collected represent the stories of individual wearers as well as fashion designers and specific communities both in Africa and the UK African diaspora.

Ocean Blues (2020)

A website dedicated to marine and coastal life in Sussex and beyond. Bringing together our natural science collections and the work of local conservationists and activists, we celebrate the incredible sealife that can be found in Sussex and what can be done to protect it.

Fossil of Stereocidaris sceptrifera, an ancient species of sea-urchin (or Echinoid). Photo by Bob Foreman

100 First Women (2020)

As Covid-19 has prevented many people from seeing this exhibition at Brighton Museum, photographer Anita Corbin has kindly agreed to us creating this online display of her inspiring portraits.

WW2 in Brighton (2020)

A new online display of photographs, audio clips and making activities to mark the 75th anniverary of VE Day.

Seafront defences on Brighton beach looking west to West Pier, 1944

Floating Worlds (2019)

Kunisada (Toyokuni III). A group of actors. c 1852

This 2019-20 exhibition in Brighton Museum focused on Japanese woodcuts from the 1615-1868 Edo period.

We developed an in-house web app to provide accessible audio content for visitors. This features some of the haiku poetry used to provide a mindful tour through the exhibition.

Queer Looks (2018)

This display of outfits worn by LGBTQ people in Sussex from the 1960s onwards was due to close shortly before the lockdown.

The fashion items were accompanied by Queer Looks Stories, a microsite that accompanies the stories behind the outfits.

Browse through themes such as Coming Out, Activism and Nightlife, and discover how clothing can play such an important role in expressing LGBTQ identity.

Visions of the Royal Pavilion Estate (2017)

This was a small display of prints and watercolours in Brighton Museum. The images charted the historical development of the Royal Pavilion Estate, including some ideas that never became reality.

An interactive was developed for the gallery that presented additonal material, including a 3D model based on Humphry Repton’s unrealised designs for the estate.

War Stories (2014)

This 2014 exhibition in Brighton Museum marked the centenary of the start of the First World War. It brought to life the stories of 13 people with a local connection and the impact of the war on their lives.

The exhibition featured numerous videos. These included interviews with local people about the characters featured in the exhibition, and a series of silhouettes reading from letters and other contemporary works.