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 Royal Pavilion & Museums press release July 2012 

Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove City Council BN1 1EE

Press release 12 June 2012


Events at the Royal Pavilion & Museums - July 2012


A selection of exhibitions, events and activities for adults and families at the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, during July 2012





My Favourite Toy

Continues to 6 November 2012


Free admission


Everyone has a favourite toy. They inspire our imaginations, our play, and help us as we grow. In later years, they hold cherished memories and make us nostalgic for times gone by.  Whether it’s a teddy, dolls house or a transforming car, this exhibition celebrates toys of all kinds, from across the eras.


On display are toys from Hove Museum’s very own Wizard’s Attic along with some popular favourites, and others that have not been loved for some time.

Children and young people from Brighton & Hove have helped create exciting displays of their own favourite toys, celebrating our shared affection for these familiar friends.


Charlotte, the Forgotten Princess

10 March 2012 to 10 March 2013



Admission payable, members free


An exhibition devoted to the short life and tragic death of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales. The only daughter of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV) and Princess Caroline of Brunswick, Charlotte was a feisty and headstrong child, who became very popular with the public, in stark contrast to her father.


Charlotte married in 1816, but then tragically died the following year shortly after giving birth, aged only 21. Her sudden death sent shockwaves across the country and the public outpouring of grief was exceeded in English history only by that following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Referred to by contemporaries as the ‘Daughter of England’, Charlotte would have become queen had she outlived her father and grandfather – and Queen Victoria would probably not have succeeded to the throne.


For the first time in a generation, the Royal Pavilion & Museums’ extensive collection of paintings, ceramics and drawings relating to the princess is on display, alongside dresses belonging to Charlotte and loans from museums and private collections.

Exhibition is free with Royal Pavilion admission fee -

Adult £10, child (5-15 years) £5.70, concession £8

B&H resident (with proof of address) £5




World Stories: Young Voices

Opens Saturday 23 June


World Stories: Young Voices is a new permanent gallery featuring Brighton Museum’s World Art collection, re-displayed with the involvement of young people and members of source communities.  Young people have been working with curators, film makers, artists, and writers to explore and reinterpret the collection. The new gallery includes objects not previously on public display, together with major new purchases and exciting new commissions including films and contemporary artworks.


To promote the widest possible access, the new gallery offers audio description (via RNIB PenFriend), British Sign Language invision and things to touch and do. The launch of the new gallery is accompanied by an exciting and accessible events programme.


World Stories: Young Voices at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is part of the London 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World.


MOSAIC Family Day

Saturday 14 July


11am-4pm Free, drop-in. All ages

Explore world stories through puppetry, storytelling and craft workshops.

MOSAIC Black and Mixed Parentage Family Group is a local community group supporting families to develop positive cultural identity, explore their heritage and combat the effects of racism. This event is in partnership with Brighton and Hove Black History and is part of the citywide People’s Day celebrations and the Olympic Torch Relay festivities.


Digitalize: An Artist Residency Project

Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 July


10am-5pm Free, drop-in. All ages

Drop in and take part in the exciting project being run by our digital artists in residence. With your help the artists are seeking to transform our temporary exhibition spaces. The week culminates in a late night opening of Brighton Museum on Saturday 28 July. Check out our website nearer the time for updates.


Digitalize: Late

Saturday 28 July


7.30-10pm Free

In the first of a series of late night events, Brighton Museum throws its doors open to showcase the Digitalize project, a collaborative installation involving young people from the city and visitors to the museum.

Check out our website nearer the time for updates.




Free admission to all displays


The Hole in Mount Hakone

Continues to 21 October


A new body of work by contemporary artist David Miles inspired by Brighton Museum’s collection of prints and drawings, including drawings, watercolours and prints.


Fashion and the Flag

Continues to 25 November

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics this special display features fashions that use the Union Jack as a fabric or design inspiration.
Includes outfits by Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Jasper Conran, John Rocha, Alice Temperley, Stephen Jones, Barbour and Doctor Martens.


The High Weald Roman Coin Hoard

Throughout July & August


An opportunity to view a recently acquired, unique and rare hoard of Roman coins found in Sussex before it tours a number of Sussex museums.


Mortal Clay: The Perils and Pleasures of Old Age

Continues to 10 March 2013


Ceramic figures and vessels illustrate attitudes to ageing in Britain and explore the vital roles played in the past by older men and women.




Free admission to all displays


The Five Senses: Paintings from the Fine Art collection

Continues to 31 August 2012


The Five Senses is a family-friendly display that explores the variety of ways sensory experiences are portrayed in the visual arts. The display is based on works from the Fine Art collection and is accompanied by interactive materials.





To book call the Events Booking line on 03000 290902



Fashion and the Flag: gallery talk

Wednesday 4 July


11am & 2.30pm Free

Martin Pel Curator of Costume & Textiles introduces this new display which highlights how many British fashion designers have been influenced by the Union Jack.


Hands-on Archaeological Finds Processing

Wednesdays 18 July & 22 August


10.30am–4pm Free, drop-in

Meet members of the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society and help examine finds dug from sites of local archaeological interest.

A Festival of British Archaeology event.

Music in the Music Room 2012
Tickets £15, Friends of Brighton Philharmonic and Royal Pavilion members £12. Book in advance

A series of short concerts in the Royal Pavilion Music Room for a relaxing summer's evening, featuring works performed by ensembles formed from the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra soloists.

Thursday 12 July 2012 at 7.00pm
Carnival of the Animals

The concerts are sponsored by Martin and Frances Lindsay-Hills. Free programme booklets are sponsored by Julian Pelling.



Hidden House: Behind the Scenes at Preston Manor

Saturday 20 July, 10 August & Saturday 18 August


11am–12.30pm & 2–3.30pm £10.50, members £8.50, book in advance

Go behind the door marked ‘private’ and see parts of the house off the public route, plus discover fascinating information from archive documents about the lives of former residents upstairs and downstairs. Tea and biscuits included.



EARLY YEARS (2 – 5 year olds)


Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects. These sessions are for 2-5 year olds only.  Tickets are £4.50, Members £3.50, book in advance. To book tickets call the Events Booking line on 03000 290902



Tuesdays 10.30am-12pm


10 July            Mr Willett’s Popular Pottery



Fridays 10.30am-12pm


13 July            Katie and the Dinosaurs


Picture and Story Time


Free, 2-5 years

Explore the galleries at Hove Museum, make a picture and listen to a story. Drop-in sessions every Monday and Thursday 10am-12pm from Thursday 3 May to Thursday 19 July 2012 inclusive (not during school holidays).





Croquet on the Lawn

Saturday 21 July to Friday 31 August


10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday, 2-4pm Sunday, £10 per one hour slot,

book in advance. All ages

Play croquet Alice in Wonderland-style, with flamingos for mallets and playing cards for hoops! Collect and return your equipment at Preston Manor front door.


Urban Wildlife

Friday 27 July


10.30am–12.30pm & 1.30–3.30pm

Free, drop-in. All ages

Have you found a bug, a bone or a plant that you can’t identify?  Our staff are on hand to help work out what you have found and give you information on the wildlife in our local area.


Gigantic Games!

Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 July


10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30-3.30pm

Free, drop-in. All ages

Play larger-than-life versions of all your favourite board games in Hove Museum’s gardens (or inside if raining).





Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Free admission

Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE Tel 03000 290900

Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm

Closed Mon (except Bank Holidays 10am–5pm); 24 Dec (from 2.30pm), 25-27 Dec, 1 Jan


Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Free admission

19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4AB Tel 03000 290900

Open Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 2–5pm

Closed Wed; 24-28 Dec, 1 Jan


Booth Museum of Natural History

Free admission

194 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 5AA Tel 03000 290900

Open Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 2–5pm

Closed Thu; 24-27 Dec, 31 Dec, 1 Jan


The Royal Pavilion

Admission fee payable

Brighton BN1 1EE Tel 03000 290900

Open daily Apr–Sep 9.30am–5.45pm (last admission 5pm)

Oct–Mar 10am–5.15pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Closed 24 Dec (from 2.30pm), 25 & 26 Dec


Preston Manor

Admission fee payable

Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD Tel 03000 290900

Open Apr–Sep Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm

Closed Mon (including Bank Holidays)

Closed Oct–Mar except for pre-booked groups, school visits and special events.


The Old Courtroom

118 Church Street (side entrance), Brighton BN1 1UD

Open for events Tel 03000 290902


Brighton History Centre

Upper floor, Brighton Museum

Brighton History Centre offers a place to study local and family history and the museum collections. Enquire here about our image reproduction and research services.

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm (closed Sunday and Monday)

Enquiries 01273 296971/296972





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