Dr Blighty was an ambitious series of events on the Royal Pavilion Estate that remembered the building’s use as a hospital for wounded Indian soldiers during WW1. The events included a stunning light projection on the eastern front of the Royal Pavilion, and costumed actors in the garden.

Below is a selection of images from the events, including the spectacular light projections on the Royal Pavilion.


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For this year’s Brighton Festival, the Royal Pavilion Garden will host an ambitious new project inspired by a remarkable story of the First World War.

Dr Blighty promotional image. Features a photo of a young Indian soldier wearing a turban and hospital blues uniform, with Western Front battlefield and Royal Pavilion in background.
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Dr Blighty remembers an unexpected episode in Brighton’s history when the Royal Pavilion Estate became a military hospital for wounded Indian soldiers.

Visitors to Royal Pavilion Garden can experience a dreamlike environment of immersive installations, ambient soundscapes and theatrical interludes, inspired by letters the soldiers sent back home. After dark, enthralling video projections will colourfully animate the Royal Pavilion.

Full details of the Dr Blighty programme can be found on the Brighton Festival website. Information about the project can be found on the Nutkhut website.

Dr Blighty is a Nutkhut Production co-commissioned by 14-18 Now: WWI Centenary Arts Commissions, Brighton Festival & Royal Pavilion & Museums. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Below are some suggestions about how you can learn more about the fascinating story of Brighton’s WW1 Indian military hospitals, both online and in the Royal Pavilion.

Visit the Royal Pavilion

During the week of Dr Blighty you can take advantage of a special offer on admission to the Royal Pavilion. From Monday 23 May, use the code word ‘Dr Blighty’ at the ticket desk to take advantage of our 2 for 1 offer on full adult admission prices (not available with any other offer) until 30 June 2016.

A small gallery on the upper floor of the Royal Pavilion tells the story of the Indian hospital. It features numerous photographs and paintings, some original artefacts from the hospital, and a film showing King George V’s visit to the hospital in August 1915.

WW1 Indian Hospital gallery in Royal Pavilion

You can also follow an audio tour about the WW1 hospital. Produced in partnership with members of the Chattri Memorial group, this tour tells the story of both the Indian hospital and the later hospital for Limbless Men. The tour can also be downloaded and listened to online. It is available in English, French or Hindi.

Read about the story

Did you know that the Palace Pier was originally suggested as a site for Brighton’s first Indian hospital? Our blog contains several stories about the Indian hospitals, or you can read this short history of the First World War Pavilion hospital.

For an alternate take on the hospital story, try Tales of the Pavilion Hospital — fictional stories about the WW1 hospital written by young people set in a virtual recreation of the Royal Pavilion Estate.

View, download and re-use images

You can view and download over 160 photographs and other digitised items relating to the Pavilion Indian hospital on our Image Store.

The images are all available under a Creative Commons licence, and can be freely re-used for most purposes.