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Photo:Playing 'Bat and Trap' on The Level

Playing 'Bat and Trap' on The Level

Photo by Tony Mould

Photo:Playground on The Level

Playground on The Level

Photo by Tony Mould

Photo:A pleasant walk on The LeveL

A pleasant walk on The LeveL

Photo by Tony Mould

Volunteering for The Level Restoration Project

By Jennifer Drury

Lottery funding for the restoration

The Level has a long history as a recreational space. In 1822 it became Brighton’s first general recreational ground when it was given in trust for the benefit of its inhabitants and visitors. Now, as many of you will know, thanks to a £2.2 million Lottery grant, and after a lengthy public consultation process, restoration works on The Level are due to commence during winter 2012/13. 

Chronicling the history of The Level

As part of The Level Restoration Project, the history of this well-loved recreational space will be researched and chronicled. The aim is to demonstrate the relationship people have with The Level in an interesting way, through stories about the ordinary and extraordinary, and record its rich social history. An important aspect of this process will be recording personal history accounts of time spent at The Level.

Volunteers required for oral history

The project is now recruiting volunteers who will be trained to interview people about their experiences of time spent at The Level. The training will be supervised by an experienced oral historian and volunteers will be asked to commit to attend 4/5 weekday training sessions, spread over three months.

Details on volunteering

Contact Fiona Stokes, Project Officer, Parks Projects Team on 01273 294737, email or attend one of the Volunteering Information days (planned for September). Visit

This page was added on 21/07/2012.
Comments about this page

I understood from my mother, who was born in 1921, that the Level was given to the children of Brighton. When I was a young child in the mid 50s to early 60s, the paddling pool went under the two bridges.

By Jenny Wilson (15/10/2012)

Jenny's comment is an oft repeated (but incorrect) comment. It was part of the 'wastes' of the parish that were administered by the manor of Brighton. In 1854 at the creation of the Borough of Brighton it was the latter which took over control of that and other open spaces within the town that had been manorial.

By Geoffrey Mead (17/10/2012)