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The New Encyclopaedia of Brighton 

The Encyclopaedia of Brighton is also available to buy at the Booklover Store in Jubilee Library or any community library, priced at £13.
The book will also be available from libraries and all good local bookshops.

The original Encyclopaedia of Brighton, written by Tim Carder, was published by East Sussex County Council Libraries in 1990 but has been out of print for some time. It was originally intended chiefly as a reference volume for libraries and schools, but sparked so much interest it went on to sell around 7,000 copies. The Encyclopaedia has become the definitive popular Brighton history book and there is no other title on the market which comprehensively covers all aspects of Brighton’s history and has such broad general appeal. Due to huge demand, Brighton & Hove Libraries have commissioned a new version for the 21st. century, written by local author Rose Collis.

Examples of changes in the city since 1990 which will be reflected in the book include:

  • Churchill Square: Carder comments: “it epitomises the dreadful concrete redevelopment of Brighton in the 1960s and ‘70s...” (Our new Churchill Square has been with us since September 1998)
  • West Pier: Much of the structure was still remaining twenty years ago and the i360 and other exciting ideas for developments hadn’t been conceived.
  • Brighton & Hove Albion ground: This was still the Goldstone in 1990, is currently at Withdean and will eventually be at Falmer
  • Brighton Central Library: Again, there have been several changes of location, from Church Street to its temporary home at Vantage Point to Jubilee Street in March 2005

For further information, please telephone your local library or contact us via email: libraries@brighton-hove.gov.uk


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