From December 1914 to February 1916, the Royal Pavilion was offered for use as a hospital for troops from the Indian Corps wounded on the Western Front in France and Flanders during World War I. Paintings, archive photographs, contemporary accounts and film footage recall in vivid form a remarkable and often forgotten story from Brighton’s history.

WW1 Indian Hospital gallery in Royal Pavilion

From mid-2014 a new programme of tours and interpretation began, to help visitors find out more about this fascinating episode in the history of the Royal Pavilion and the personal stories of the Indian troops that were treated here.


Postcard of the Music Room showing Indian Soldiers in beds, postcard A H Fry c1915
Indian Soldiers in the Music Room, c 1915

Please note the gallery is on the first floor of the Royal Pavilion and is not accessible to wheelchair users. There will be supplementary information available on the ground floor for visitors not able to visit the gallery.

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This short clip courtesy of New Delhi Television gives a brief introduction to the Royal Pavilion’s role as an Indian military hospital.