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The Lives of Extraordinary Brighton & Hove residents

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
27 September 2022
Exterior of Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Tuesday 27 September

10:30-12pm, book in advance, drop in session

Meet collections staff and find out about extraordinary Brighton & Hove residents that have ‘aged (often unconventionally) well!”


  • James Doughty (c1818-1913) – actor and clown; who with his trained dogs entertained crowds on the West Pier into his 90s;
  • Ron Cunningham aka “The Great Omani” (1915-2007) – escapologist; in his 90s performed his last stunt in the Bedford Tavern, Brighton;
  • Phoebe Hessel (1713-1821) – who in her youth disguised herself as a man to serve in the British Army and lived to 108 years old;
  • Gwen Moffat (1924 -) mountaineer and writer, known for often climbing barefoot.

Tea & coffee available

Exterior of Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

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