Brighton & Hove Albion set to open acclaimed new museum at Falmer Stadium

By Culture24 Reporter | 17 December 2013

A new Brighton & Hove Albion museum is set to open to the public inside the club's Falmer Stadium home

A photo of the club badge of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, featuring a seagull
Club Historian Tim Carder's meticulous planning has resulted in an excellent new Seagulls museum© Ian Hine,
More than two years after Brighton & Hove Albion moved to their magnificent new home at Falmer – ending a nomadic 14-year exile, having seen the Goldstone Ground controversially sold after 95 years of football – the club’s long-awaited museum hosted a preview evening for invited supporters last night.

A photo of a stained glass window showing the circular club badge of a football club
© Ian Hine,
The wait was worth it: warmly praised by those in attendance, highly-respected Sussex historian Tim Carder’s labour of love features a turnstile from the club’s beloved original home, intricate mini-models of the pitch and enough programmes, fanzines and shirts to raise a cheer from the most ardent of memorabilia collectors.

“There has been a great deal of work gone into it,” said Carder, who was joined by the club’s Chairman, Tony Bloom, and its President, the former England midfielder Alan Mullery, at the launch.

“Tonight was, in many respects, a test run to see how systems work under load – a ramp-up event, just like the stadium had.

“We will open it to the public as soon as we can, but it will not open until the club announces it.

“We have not yet resolved some operational issues and have not yet trained the volunteer staff.

“It will be free admission - with donations gratefully accepted - and also included on stadium tours.

“The idea is to open it on weekday afternoons at least, except perhaps one maintenance day, and before matches. There may be other times as well, or by appointment.”

The museum is based near the main supporters’ bar within the stadium, on the outskirts of Brighton.

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A photo of a small scale model of a football stadium inside a museum
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A photo of various football shirts next to pictures of teams and medals in a museum
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A photo of a small scale model of a football ground inside a museum
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A photo of two ancient football programmes inside a museum case
© Ian Hine,
A photo of a board inside a football museum showing information about a team
© Moya Jackson
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