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.

Sep 20

Sep 19

Sep 18
Vignette portrait of two patients at the Royal Pavilion hospital for limbless men.

In contrast to many of the photographs of men at the hospital, the fading at the edge of the image gives this image a softer, warmer feel.

Vignette portrait of two patients at the Royal Pavilion hospital for limbless men.

In contrast to many of the photographs of men at the hospital, the fading at the edge of the image gives this image a softer, warmer feel.


Sep 17

Sep 16

Another photo of the 15th Ludhiana Sikhs from our War Stories Open Day last Saturday. Compare and contrast them with wounded Sikh soldiers at the Royal Pavilion Indian hospital in 1915.


Sep 13
A highlight of our War Stories open day at Brighton Museum and Brighton Dome today: Brighton’s Mayor inspecting the 15th Ludhiana Sikh Regiment.

A highlight of our War Stories open day at Brighton Museum and Brighton Dome today: Brighton’s Mayor inspecting the 15th Ludhiana Sikh Regiment.


Sep 12
Preparing First World War prosthetic legs for display at our War Stories Open Day in Brighton Museum tomorrow.
Saturday 13 September, 10.30am — 4pm.

Preparing First World War prosthetic legs for display at our War Stories Open Day in Brighton Museum tomorrow.

Saturday 13 September, 10.30am — 4pm.


Sep 11

Most of the images and other objects that have featured in this blog come from our Local History collections. But traces of the First World War can be found throughout our collections. 

This model field hospital comes from our toy collection. It was made in Germany in the early twentieth century by the Elastolin company.


Sep 10
A recruitment poster from 1914 showing a Scottish soldier on duty in Belgium.
The line ‘a Wee “Scrap O’ Paper” is Britain’s Bond’ is a reference to the 1839 Treaty of London. This agreement guaranteed the independence of Belgium, but in 1914 it was dismissed as an historical irrelevance by the German government. The German Chancellor, Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg, infamously described it as a ‘scrap of paper’ in the days leading up to the war, and did not believe its violation would bring Britain into the war. He was proved wrong, however, as Germany’s invasion of Belgium triggered Britain’s declaration of war.
The ‘scrap of paper’ was often used in early recruitment posters as a sign that Britain’s cause was a legal and honourable one. 

A recruitment poster from 1914 showing a Scottish soldier on duty in Belgium.

The line ‘a Wee “Scrap O’ Paper” is Britain’s Bond’ is a reference to the 1839 Treaty of London. This agreement guaranteed the independence of Belgium, but in 1914 it was dismissed as an historical irrelevance by the German government. The German Chancellor, Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg, infamously described it as a ‘scrap of paper’ in the days leading up to the war, and did not believe its violation would bring Britain into the war. He was proved wrong, however, as Germany’s invasion of Belgium triggered Britain’s declaration of war.

The ‘scrap of paper’ was often used in early recruitment posters as a sign that Britain’s cause was a legal and honourable one. 


Sep 8
A few people have asked to see the map that was produced for our Dr Brighton’s War exhibition on the seafront. So here it is!
This map shows the location of many of the military hospitals that were set up in Brighton & Hove during the First World War.
You can download a hi-res version for free from our Image Store.

A few people have asked to see the map that was produced for our Dr Brighton’s War exhibition on the seafront. So here it is!

This map shows the location of many of the military hospitals that were set up in Brighton & Hove during the First World War.

You can download a hi-res version for free from our Image Store.


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