Introduction to the Project
The Royal Pavilion Garden is a rare and nationally significant landscape. It is listed by Historic England as Grade II. In 2017 it was added to the Heritage at Risk Register (HARR).
The Garden is important due to its survival as a compact example of a Regency Picturesque garden, along with the surviving pleasure pavilion. The Garden is an important asset to the city as it is a much-loved green space for residents and a haven for wildlife and ecology. It also helps the tourist economy by drawing visitors to see this unique setting by giving context to the history of the magnificent buildings that sit within it.
Brighton & Hove Museums (B&HM) are proud to have the responsibility for looking after such a special place and want to make sure that it is kept in the best condition to be enjoyed not only by those who visit it today, but also for future generations to better understand the history of this important site and its influence on the wider city.
B&HM is an independent charity which was formed in October 2020 and we feel that we need to work to remove the garden from the HARR but recognise that we do not have the resources to do this without substantial support from the generosity of funders such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC), as well as from individuals and local businesses who can support us in looking after this important place for everyone to enjoy.
The Garden offers a fantastic opportunity to provide a heritage visitor experience within an urban public park setting, crossing Regency, Victorian and 20th century narratives.