The cultural legacy of Brighton

Brighton Museum

The museum re-opened in 2002after a makeover. It is a real 21st century museum, with hi-tech audiovisual aids and interactive devices.

They had the brilliant idea of opening the back door. The old entrance used to be in Church Street, a busy road. Now you can walk out of the Pavilion, through the gardens, and straight into the museum.

It’s a fabulous museum. As well as the local history galleries, you’ll see the cultural legacy of Brighton. There are objects from around the world, brought here by people who came back from the colonies between the Wars. The founder of the museum, Henry Willett, donated a world-class collection of pottery. The city is a melting pot, and the museum reflects its many faces.

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  • I visited yesterday for the first time in several years. My nostalgic stroll round the galleries where I worked happily in the eighties was unfortunately brought to an abrupt halt by the sound of a fire alarm. A member of staff kindly and efficiently guided me to the exit. This made me think that a few Exit arrows might be useful (the majority of visitors were foreign, but I believe most would recognize EXIT).

    By Joe Reid (08/08/2012)
  • I went today to see the excellent Biba Exhibition. Excellent! My son and I purchased the inexpensive explanatory leaflets about the exhibition. Curiously, the security staff were unaware that such leaflets existed, but the young lady issuing tickets was knowledgeable and helpful. To Nicola Coleby and staff: Well done!
    Before going to the museum, I sat in the Pavilion Gardens, having a coffee and a rock cake from the friendly cafe. I sat at a table, and, remembering a reprimand from the owner some twenty years previously for feeding the pigeons, I carefully shielded my rock cake from them. To my astonishment, a squirrel jumped on to the adjacent chair, and from there onto my knee. I nearly dropped my rock cake trying to get my camera out of my pocket, but the squirrel didn’t wait for me. Another lovely memory to add to many experienced in and around this gem of Brighton.

    By Joe Reid (16/10/2012)
  • The first exhibition that I recall was around 1988 – Roger Dean and Ian Miller. I consider myself fortunate to have worked there at the time, and I enjoyed the popular show, and many more thereafter.

    By Joe Reid (04/06/2014)

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