A War Story a day from Brighton Museums

During 2014, Brighton & Hove's Royal Pavilion and Museums will mark the centenary of the First World War by posting a story a day (Mon-Fri) about the conflict.

Most of these will be taken from our collections and the work we are doing behind the scenes to commemorate the anniversary. We will also post links to other work going on in the city, and resources that may be useful.

All these stories will hopefully tell you a little about the war, what it meant to Brighton & Hove, and what we can learn from it today.

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Jul 25

Photographs from the Pavilion Blues of a gymkhana event at the hospital on 8 July 1918. The day featured a number of events, including hat trimming and hair dressing competitions.

According to the Blues:

'The stately Western Lawn of the grand old Pavilion was packed with hundreds of visitors and patients — the pretty summer frocks of the dainty fair sex mingled harmoniously with the Hospital blue, and made the scene very pleasant to gaze on.'

Jul 24

During the First World War, Brighton remained a thriving seaside resort. These postcards from our collections show Jack Sheppard’s Entertainers performing in Brighton throughout the war years. Jack Sheppard and his group provided entertainment to thousands of visitors and local people each year, and regularly performed on the seafront and the town’s two piers.

By contrast, for much of the Second World War, Brighton was shut off from the rest of the country as part of the South East Exclusion Zone. With fears of an invasion high, Brighton seafront was heavily fortified, and seaside entertainments largely vanished until the end of the war. 

Jul 22

Jul 21

If you’ve enjoyed our Dr Brighton’s War exhibition on the seafront, you can take your journey further with our FREE Story Drop app for iPhones / iPads and Android devices.

For a peek at what you might expect from the app, here’s the tale of the French Convalescent Home. Originally built for French nationals who became ill in London, in WW1 it welcomed British troops injured on the Western Front. 

Jul 17

If you’re planning a sunshine stroll on Brighton promenade this weekend, make sure to check out our Dr Brighton’s War exhibition.

We’ll be telling the story of Brighton’s First World War military hospitals on the seafront until 31 August.

Jul 16

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