Brighton before we knew it – A review of Brighton Museum and Art Gallery’s Photographic Archives
This summer Brighton & Hove Museums are delighted to present an exhibition of new artwork by young people taking part in Photoworks’ Photography Club.
This is an initiative enabling 13-16 year olds from Brighton & Hove to meet regularly, develop skills, produce photography and gain an Arts Award.
As part of the initiative, Lily has reviewed the Photographic Archives of Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.
Bronze Arts Award Part B – Explore the Arts as an Audience Member
We had the opportunity to look into the Brighton Museum Photographic archives.
We were shown photos of Brighton taken over the years, some dating back two hundred years. We explored the archives in the Museum lab which was an interesting experience in itself, the room was huge with lots of beautiful old books and artefacts.
The photographs were really interesting to look at, I particularly liked seeing the slides on the lightbox.
I was surprised by how much of the landscape I recognised and how much has been preserved. I found it interesting looking at old pictures of structures like the chain pier and the aquarium and then looking for where they would have been, or still are, when we went out to take our own photographs.
Looking at the archive photographs has inspired me when I take pictures in the workshops.