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Opening of the Royal Pavilion Shop, 1988

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The Royal Pavilion Shop reopens tomorrow. Even though our museums will remain shut until 17 May, we look forward to welcoming the public back into one of our buildings.

Our Local History & Archaeology curator Dan Robertson has found an invitation card dating from when the Royal Pavilion Shop first opened in 1988.

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The opening ceremony was held on 21 June 1988 and performed by Lord Elwyn-Jones and Lord Briggs. Elwyn-Jones was a lawyer and politician who had held the office of Lord Chancellor in the 1970s; Asa Briggs was a historian and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex. In addition to the opening of the shop, the event also marked the presentation of new replica chairs for the Banqueting Room in the Royal Pavilion.

While tomorrow’s reopening may not feature any VIPs or formal presentations, it will be an opportunity to browse and buy unusual gifts and stylish items from your home. The shop will only be open on weekends and Bank Holidays (10am-4pm) until we can reopen the Royal Pavilion — but don’t forget that many of our shop products can also be purchased through our online shop.