Things To Do Over The Holidays In Brighton

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There will be a traditional Sussex Christmas at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum this Christmas. © Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

Looking for a little diversion over Christmas? Look no further – here’s what’s on in the museums and galleries of Brighton and Hove from December 2006 to January 2007.

The annual decking of the Tudor Hall and other buildings at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, will greet visitors from December 26 to January 1. The historic buildings will be decorated as they would have been at Christmas time in their heyday, while period music and festive fare from the Tudor kitchen will complete the atmosphere. Activities will keep children busy while you get warm with some mulled cider.

If you haven’t caught it yet, it’s the last chance to see Nothing Personal at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition (closing January 6) opened for the Brighton Photo Biennial in October, and is centred around the eponymous book created by photographer Richard Avedon and writer James Baldwin in 1964 which paints a rather disturbing portrait of modern America.

Have a look at the Etchings of Frank Brangwyn while you’re there. On until February 12 2007, the exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of his death.

First Sight, a selling exhibition by local craftmakers, is on at Hove Museum until January 28. It includes Fleur Grenier’s pewter and wood objects, and Harriet Appleby’s felt accessories inspired by moorlands and the sea.

The museum is also delving into 100 Years of the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society in Digging the Dirt (until March 12 2007). The displays include details on important digs at Whitehawk and Itford Hill, plus information on techniques.

The Booth Museum’s exhibition Inspirational Objects: Nature as Designer, encourages visitors to look at natural and manmade objects in a new way. It runs until March 11.

Gardener Arts is showing the fruits of a collaboration between Same Sky and local children in an exhibition called Can’t See the Wood for the Trees. Inspired by the book and stage production The Gruffalo’s Child, the artwork is all made from recycled and found materials. It runs until January 6 2007 and will be one of the last exhibitions at the centre, which is closing next spring.

The Permanent Gallery is bringing its bookshop into the exhibition space over Christmas, with the work of book-artist and printmaker David Ferry. Montage over Britain, showing until January 14, features classic picture books of the British countryside, subverted with embellishments such as ‘Belligerent Rock Intrusions’.

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