Archives of England's oldest swimming club unearthed in Brighton library

By Nick Owen | 26 September 2011
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Brighton Swimming Club, 1863
Brighton Swimming Club (1863)
Exhibition: Floating Memories, Jubilee Library, Brighton, September 26-30 2011

A recently discovered archive shedding light on England’s oldest swimming club goes on display today (September 26 2011) at Brighton’s Jubilee Library.

Until now, the Brighton Swimming Club’s archives have remained hidden, unseen and unknown to members of the club, the public and historians.

The exhibit kicks off the Heritage Lottery Funded Floating Memories project, looking in to the extensive heritage of swimming in Brighton.

“I think the project is an absolutely brilliant idea”, says Michael Read, the 33-time King of the Channel.

“I do not believe that the city appreciates what a significant part the Brighton Swimming Club has played in its development over the past 150 years”, he added.

The project will display archive material dating back to the 1860s, focusing on activities such as sea swimming, water polo and diving.

Highlights from the archive include old letterpress posters and film stills from the recently discovered Roger Dunford Collection, revealing some of the club activities dating back to the 1940s.

As well as the display in the library’s foyer, there will be a permanent exhibition opening at Brighton Fishing Museum.

  • Open 10am-5pm (7pm Monday and Tuesday, 8pm Thursday, 11am-4pm Sunday). Admission free. For more details on the project visit
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