February 23 is 'Work Your Proper Hours Day' organised by the TUC. It's all about getting Britain's army of office workers away from computer screens and out into fresh air. 24 Hour Museum is pleased to present a trail of places to visit in Brighton at lunchtime.
February 23 is 'Work Your Proper Hours Day' organised by the TUC. It's all about getting Britain's army of office workers away from computer screens and out into fresh air. To give you somewhere cultural to eat your sandwiches, 24 Hour Museum is pleased to present ten lunchtime trails in cities around England.
Click on the museum title below to find out more about each venue.
Before you get out into the fresh air, just to remind your colleagues where you are off to, and why you are going, why not use this desk reminder, specially designed by the Work Your Proper Hours Team at the TUC?
Download the sign and print it out, fold in half and plonk it on your desk one way round whilst you're away at lunch, and simply switch it round at the end of the day to show you're off on time.
As well as being a great place for a lunchtime stroll, the seafront arches are home to the Fishing Museum, which traces the town's early days as a small fishing village and the development of its seafront life.
The Royal Pavilion: East Front. Courtesy of Royal Pavilion Libraries and Museum.
Across King's Road and heading onto Ship Street, Fabrica is housed in an old church, and concentrates on contemporary visual art and craft with new exhibitions every spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
On the edge of the North Laine, Brighton Museum and Gallery is a great place to dip into. As well as its permanent collections including decorative, fine and world art it has an important costume collection and covers local history in a fascinating and unstuffy manner. It also hosts regular themed exhibitions and there's a rather bijou cafe area among the paintings on the first floor.
Royal Pavilion and Gardens
The museum and art gallery is part of the Dome complex which once provided stabling for the Royal Pavilion. The Pavilion itself has to be one of Brighton's most recognisable landmarks and although a lunchtime may not be enough to do justice to its salubrious interior, its landscaped gardens, restored to the original 18th century layout, are a popular lunchtime hangout.
The Jubilee Library - it looks great from the outside but on the inside it's even better.
A short walk takes you to one of the city's most recent additions - the high-tech Jubilee Library, which opened in 2005 to widespread acclaim. Providing free internet access, comfortable reading areas and an airy relaxed feel, it is all a modern library should be and a haven from the bustle outside.
Just up the road opposite St Peter's Church is the Phoenix Gallery, the largest artist-led organisation in the south-east. It hosts a lively and regularly changing range of exhibitions, from photography to painting, installations to sculpture.