The Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust was created as a new, independent charity in October 2020.

On behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council, the Trust cares for five venues, most famous of which is the Royal Pavilion, a royal palace created by George IV as his summer retreat, designed in its final form by John Nash in a Moghul Indian style in landscaped picturesque gardens, it also features some of the most impressive Chinese inspired interiors to be found anywhere in the world.

Photo credit: Smon Dack

The Trust’s other venues are Brighton Museum and Art Gallery that holds important local history and archaeology, world art, and decorative art collections; Preston Manor a large house preserved in the Edwardian style with a beautiful walled garden; the Booth Museum of Natural history; and Hove Museum and Art Gallery. The Trust cares for over one million objects, many of international importance, covering a wide range of subjects and types. Three of the collections are designated as being of national importance: decorative arts, world art and natural history.

The Trust has an annual turnover (pre-Covid) of c. £7.6million per annum with £4.1million earned through charitable activities a further £1 million through trading activity with the remainder being met from contributions from Brighton & Hove City Council with whom it has a close relationship and the Arts Council England (ACE), donations and grant income.

The Royal Pavilion Estate is vital to the Brighton economy – a major tourist attraction drawing visitors from all over the country and around the world to the City, and helping to support thousands of jobs and businesses in the hospitality and retail sectors.

The Trust is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and our sites are central to the City, providing succour, stimulus and respite for residents and visitors as a cultural hub.  The Trust exists to care for these hugely important buildings and collections but perhaps more importantly, to bring real value to Brighton & Hove and its diverse communities. Through its public programmes, exhibitions and galleries, extensive education programme and on-line services, we celebrate Brighton & Hove past, present and future.

The Trust’s Mission is

  • To continually surprise people, including ourselves
  • To be loved by locals and admired by the world
  • To inspire, and be inspired by, the community around us
  • To spark curiosity, start conversations and share stories
  • To champion progress, diversity and sustainability

We employ approximately 220 staff, including casuals, (120 FTE).  It is also supported by on average 130 volunteers who between them deliver in excess of 22,000 hours each year.

Working for the Trust

The Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust offers its staff the following benefits

  • We also offer a range of family friendly policies including maternity, paternity and shared parental leave.
  • We have also introduced a Hybrid Working Policy, offering a mix of office based and home working, where this is possible
  • Access to the final salary, Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions
  • A generous holiday entitlement, starting at 25 days per annum, plus bank holidays.
  • Access to a comprehensive employee assistance and wellbeing programme for you and family members
  • Access to discounted bus or rail fares through the Easit travel network scheme
  • The opportunity to work with unique collections of national significance and in the most stunning locations that the City has to offer.