The Old Curiosity Shop: Dickensian Delights at Royal Pavilion & Museums

When Charles Dickens visited Brighton 175 years ago he probably didn’t imagine that his touching of a doorbell would transform the simple object into a museum piece. It has been well documented that Charles Dickens made several visits to Brighton: … 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

Ch-ch-ch-changes: the South Gate of the Royal Pavilion through the ages

The gateway at the southern entrance to the Royal Pavilion estate has gone through many transformations. The existing India Gate dates from 1921 and was designed by Thomas Tyrwhitt in a simple Gujarati style. It was erected as a gift … 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