Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex
BN1 1EE
England

Website

www.brighton-hove-museums.org.uk

E-mail

visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Telephone

03000 290900

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Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, with its rich and diverse collections, creates a vibrant cultural centre in and around the Royal Pavilion estate in the heart of the city of Brighton & Hove.

Dynamic and innovative galleries provide greatly improved access to the Museum's nationally and locally important collections. Objects are displayed in stimulating contexts with a wide range of interpretative techniques, including interactive information technology.

Improved facilities include: the Museum entrance in the Royal Pavilion gardens with a spacious foyer and shop; improved disabled access; education facilities with an art room and a dedicated education 'pavilion'. The Museum has worked with community groups to broaden access to its collections and services. A Hindu shrine in the World Art gallery created with the local Gujarati community, and oral histories of local people are examples of these collaborations.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues - Sun: 10.00-17.00
Bank Holidays 10.00-17.00

Closed Mon (except public holidays)

Admission charges

Admission free

The World Art collection at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The Designated collections of non-western art and anthropology include particularly fine textile collections, such as the Green Collection from Burma.

Part of Brighton & Hove Museums' Designated Collection of Decorative Art, which you can also see at Preston Manor, Hove Museum & Art Gallery and Brighton Pavilion, is on display here. Please contact Brighton Museums for more information if you wish to see a specific item.

The collections of decorative arts include the Regency furniture and silver-gilt displayed in the Royal Pavilion, the Macquoid furniture at Preston Manor, the Willett Collection of ceramics illustrating popular history, and outstanding holdings of British and European 20th century decorative design and craft.

Highlights at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery include the nationally important collections of 20th Century Art & Design, Fashion, Paintings, Ceramics and World Art.

Collection details

World Cultures, Trade and Commerce, Toys and Hobbies, Sport, Social History, Religion, Personalities, Performing Arts, Maritime, Land Transport, Fine Art, Film and Media, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Women Artists in the Fine Art Collection - From Angelica Kauffman to Gillian Ayres

  • 27 April 2013 — 15 July 2015 *on now

This display seeks to highlight the work of women artists in the Fine Art collection. Paintings and drawings from the 18th century to the late 20th century by artists such as Angelica Kauffman and Mary Beale are shown alongside modern works by Theres Lessore, Sylvia Gosse, Vanessa Bell, Hilda Carline, Dod Procter and Gillian Ayres

Suitable for

  • Any age

Beyond the Mantelpiece

  • 13 May 2014 — 9 May 2015 *on now

The Museum Mentors Group, a group of individuals with varied critical social needs, have created a film and a new display of ceramic objects around the theme of charity in response to objects within the Willett Collection of Popular Pottery.

This display forms part of the ‘Out of the Blue Waide Project,’ within the framework of the INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England cross-border European cooperation programme, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Keith Vaughan: A Volatile Medium

  • 10 June — 9 November 2014 *on now

This display explores the British artist Keith Vaughan’s final 15 years of creativity, focusing on his work in gouache, a technique he described as ‘a volatile medium’. The gouaches are displayed together with his drawings, photographs and extracts from his diaries.
This display is supported by the Hargreaves & Ball Charitable Trust.
Curated in collaboration with Dr Darren Clarke.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

200 years of ‘Pierdom’

  • 8 July — 31 August 2014 *on now

See photographer Simon Robert’s iconic West Pier photograph from the series Pierdom, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the first British pier built in Ryde, Isle of Wight. The full Pierdom series will be on show in 2015.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Indian Hospital at the Royal Pavilion Brighton

Dr Brighton’s War: Hospitals and Healing in Brighton during WW1

  • 9 July — 31 August 2014 *on now

Brighton & Hove played a full part in the Great War, not only by providing hundreds of young men to fight, but also as ‘Doctor Brighton’ a hospital city where wounded soldiers were sent to recover in healthy ‘Sussex by the Sea’, before being sent back to their regiments or discharged into civilian life.

This pictorial exhibition on Brighton seafront will tell how Brighton & Hove was transformed by the presence of the many military hospitals required to treat the increasing number of casualties returning from the Front. As a seaside resort the city was ideally suited to entertaining these young men and distracting them from the horrors of war, but more importantly, Brighton played its part in retraining the seriously injured and preparing them for their integration back into society after life-changing injury.

The exhibition features images from photographs, postcards and posters held in the Royal Pavilion and Museums’ collections.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Brighton Seafront
Brighton
England

Admission

Free.

Website

http://www.​brighton-​hove-​museums.​org.​uk

War Stories: Voices from the First World War

  • 12 July 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, this exhibition brings to life the wartime experiences of 15 individuals whose intensely personal memories and extraordinary stories reveal the impact of war.

The diverse voices of individuals reveal both familiar and surprising stories of a war that profoundly changed British society. See the war through the eyes of a young girl born in 1914, an Indian soldier wounded on the Western Front and taken to hospital in the Royal Pavilion, soldiers from Brighton, including a Brighton & Hove Albion footballer, nurses and a gardener who was imprisoned for his pacifist beliefs.

Personal letters, diaries, art, photography, costume, film and memorabilia evoke the love, excitement, fear, bravery, grief, loss and longing that touched the lives of millions of people.

Reflections on our personal and collective acts of remembrance and commemoration explore the continuing impact of war on our lives.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

War Stories: Voices from the First World War

  • 12 July 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

Curators are currently researching stories for the exhibition and have been interviewing local people to collect their family stories and memorabilia. Stories to be featured are still being finalised and details will be confirmed nearer the time.

The range of stories to be featured could include a soldier on the Western Front, women on the front line, a conscientious objector, and a child growing up in wartime. The exhibition is part of a European funded Interreg 2Seas project, working with museums in Belgium and France.

Website

http://www.​brighton-​hove-​museums.​org.​uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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War Stories: Voices from the First World War Gallery Tour

  • 28 August 2014 10:30-11:30am

A gallery tour of the War Stories First World War exhibition.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the tour.

Suitable for

  • Any age

The Memory Trail

  • 24 July — 3 September 2014 *on now

Pick up a trail in the museum foyer. Follow the clues and explore the museum to discover some special objects people have used to remember important things.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free (not during school holidays)

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War Stories: Open Day

  • 13 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

Meet historians, experts and enthusiasts in exploring the First World War through an all-ages programme of special events.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, drop-in.

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