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.

Oct 21
Straw boaters, bicycles and open top cars. Only the caption of this First World War postcard gives any sense this was the 2nd Eastern General Hospital.

Straw boaters, bicycles and open top cars. Only the caption of this First World War postcard gives any sense this was the 2nd Eastern General Hospital.


Oct 20

Oct 19

Some snaps from today’s wreath laying ceremony at the Royal Pavilion’s Indian Gate.

The event included speeches from the High Commissioner of India, Ranjan Muthai, the Mayor of Brighton, Brian Fitch, and Davinder Dhillon of the Chattri Memorial Group.


Oct 17

The Indian Gate is a familiar sight to many visitors to the Royal Pavilion today, particularly those who approach from the seaside.

The gate it replaced was much less imposing. Although the present gate blends with the Indian-influenced exterior of the Pavilion, the previous gate closely mimicked the domes and minarets of the palace.

This Sunday a wreath laying ceremony will be held at the Indian Gate, commemorating the Indian soldiers who were died and treated at Brighton’s three Indian military hospitals.


Oct 16

The unveiling of the Indian Gate in 1921 was filmed by British Pathe, and the clip is now available on You Tube.


Oct 15

The Royal Pavilion’s Indian Gate was unveiled on 26 October 1921 by the Maharajah of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh

These photographs were scanned from a scrapbook compiled by Henry Roberts, the director of Brighton’s Pavilion, Library and Museum. We have arranged them here to roughly match the chronology of the unveiling.

A commemorative wreath laying ceremony will be held at the Indian Gate this Sunday, 19 October.


Oct 13

Oct 8

Here’s a direct link to the clip we mentioned in our post yesterday.

How young actors at Preston Manor brought our War Stories exhibition to life.


Oct 7

12 young people from Brighton Youth Theatre group worked with Brighton Museum and Preston Manor to research stories based on real lives during the FIrst World War. It resulted in a moving performance at Preston Manor in May 2014 and a film piece currently on show in the War Stories exhibition at Brighton Museum. We have created a film documenting the project which can be seen here


Oct 2

As part of the War Stories: Voices from the First World War exhibition we commissioned seven interviews with individuals and organisations with strong links to the First World War. These include Blind Veterans UK, formed in 1915, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, also formed in 1915 and In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres. 

In this photograph, filmmaker Lindsey Smith is interviewing Rana Chhina, Secretary and Editor, Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, USI. We were interested to discover how WWI is remembered in India today and what commemoration projects are being planned.

Watch the interview in the War Stories exhibition, currently on show at Brighton Museum.  


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