Brighton & Hove Open Door 2017

The city's contribution to Heritage Open Days

7-10 September, 2017

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Browse through the events on offer - see below.

HERE IN THE PAST

Open Door - no booking required
Discover the Here in the Past project
Here in the Past - Brunswick Terrace
Here in the Past - Charles Street
Here in the Past - Church Street
Here in the Past - Clarendon Place
Here in the Past - Osborne Villas
Here in the Past - Reynolds Road
Here in the Past - Rock Street
Here in the Past - Ventnor Villas

WALKS, TALKS AND TOURS

Open Door - no booking required
‘Here in the Past’ Retail Trail
Architecture & Materials - from Bungarooch to Iron and Beyond -  Robert Street
Beanfields to Bohemia Walk - North Laine
Brighton Beach Linear Walk
Brighton’s Hidden Gem - West Hill
Down on the Border: Norfolk Square
NEW: Hanover’s Early History and Architecture
More than Shopping: Brighton’s Western Road
Pelham Square - A New Look at an Old Square!
Regency Square - The Pleasure of Leisure
The Aubrey Beardsley Tour
Two Sides to Every Valley
NEW: My Great Grandmother and the Brighton Workhouse
NEW: The Feibusch Nativity Mural At St Wilfrid’s
NEW: Holy Trinity Church & Fabrica celebrate The Holy Trinity's 200th anniversary

Booking Required
NEW: A History of the Brighton Workhouses
Commemorative Plaque Trail 1 - Sealife Centre to the Marina
Commemorative Plaque Trail 2 - The Floral Clock Circular
Commemorative Plaque Trail 3 - The Old Town of Brighton
Discover the Kemp Town Railway Tunnel **FULLY BOOKED**
Discover the Kemp Town Railway Tunnel - EXTRA TOUR
Not Just the Trunk Murders!  An illustrated Walk in Kemp Street
Sex and Shopping! A Guided Walk of Gardner Street
Slaughter in Trafalgar Street - and more…
NEW: Take Shelter! @ Downs Junior School
The Brunswick Town Walk
The Development of North Laine as Brighton’s Industrial and Commercial Suburb
NEW: The Rise of a Seaside Town - an architectural history of Brighton
The  Lewes Road Cemeteries: Memorials of the Great War 1914-18
The  Lewes Road Cemeteries: Paths of Glory **CANCELLED**
Thomas Kemp’s Seaside Estate
NEW: Guided Walking Tour of Hove Cemetery
NEW: The Sweet Sound of Love
NEW: The Depths of Reflection
NEW: Brighton Toy and Model Museum Tours

 

LGBTQ

Booking Required
NEW: A Wibbly-Wobbly Walk
NEW: What the lady’s maid saw
NEW: Toupie Lowther - her Life
NEW: Only in Brighton: Piers and Queers

RELIGIOUS SPACES

Open Door - no booking required
All Saints’ Church Guided Tour and Vaughan Williams organ piece
All Saints’ Church Guided Tour and choral piece sung by All Saints Church choir
NEW: All Saints’ Church, Patcham
Brighton Quakers Meeting House
Brighton Unitarian Church
NEW: Edwardian Stencilling at St Peter’s Church, Preston Park
NEW: Graveyard Tour at St Helen’s Church, Hangleton
Middle Street Synagogue - Brighton
St Andrew’s Old Church, Hove
St Bartholomew’s Church
St George’s Church, Kemp Town
St Helen’s Church Open Days
St Leonard’s Church, Aldrington
St Mary’s Kemp Town - Visit the Church and Explore our Stories in Stone and Glass (plus Free Recital)
St Nicholas’ Church, Brighton
St Nicholas’ Church, Portslade
St Paul’s Church - Open Door
St Peter’s, Preston Park Open Door

Booking Required
St Andrew’s Chapel, Hove
NEW: The Chattri Memorial

FASHIONABLE HOUSES

Open Door - no booking required
33 Palmeira Mansions (The English Language Centre)

Booking Required
37 Kensington Place Tour
Embassy Court, Icon of 20th Century Modernism
The Regency Town House Tour

SILHOUETTE HISTORY

Booking Required 
Discovering the Silhouette Machine: Workshop
Profiles of the Past - 250 Years of British Portrait Silhouette History

INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL

Open Door - no booking required
Ashcombe Toll House
Bardsley’s of Baker Street, Max Miller Room
Foredown Tower Camera Obscura Demonstration
NEW: The West Pier - Celebrating the Past and Planning the Future
West Blatchington Windmill

Booking Required
NEW Regency Brighton from The BA i360 **FULLY BOOKED**
Shoreham Port Tour

EDUCATION

Open Door - no booking required
Open Day at The Keep

Booking Required
Brighton College Tour
Roedean: Then and Now - Roedean School Tour

GARDENS, NATURE AND PARKS

Open Door - no booking required
Preston Rock Garden - CANCELLED
Saddlescombe Farm Tour
The Preston Manor Dog Cemetery and Edwardian Walled Garden
NEW: The Secret Garden in Kemp Town
NEW: The Secret Garden, Hove
Whitehawk Hill Nature Reserve

Booking Required
Railway and Greenway – A Guided Walk from Brighton to London Road Station
NEW: The Grand Cemetery Tour
NEW: The Level - The People’s Park?

THEATRE, CINEMA AND ENTERTAINMENT

Open Door - no booking required
Nice Girls Didn’t go to the Academy! Cinema Themed Guided Tour

Booking Required
Brighton Dome
NEW: Brighton Hippodrome: Heritage and prospects
NEW: Brighton Hippodrome: The street view
Brighton Palace Pier History tour
Duke of York’s Cinema
Post-war Brighton & Hove in Film
Theatre Royal Brighton Tour
New Venture theatre

ARCHAEOLOGY

Open Door - no booking required
Whitehawk Camp - Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure or Stone Age Circle?

Booking Required
Ovingdean Excavation Site

ARCHITECTURE

Open Door - no booking required
Building the Denman Legacy
NEW: Pubs, banks and pylons - the architectural legacy of John Leopold Denman

Booking Required
NEW: A Walk on the Wilds’ Side
NEW: Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue
George Jackson and Sons - Architectural Ornamentalists
Maintaining Your Historic Brighton & Hove Home
Plaster Ornament in Period Houses
NEW: Tour of  RIBA Regional Award Winning Cairns Tower and Music School, Brighton College
Saltdean Lido – A Modernist Marvel on the Sussex Coast
Sussex Masonic Centre
The Fascinating Mr Ranger and Early British Concrete Heritage
NEW: The Level’s Velo Cafe - Building in a Landscape
NEW: Tour of One and Three Saltdean Drive
NEW: Spence buildings at the University of Sussex - a tour by R H Partnership Architects

GOVERNMENT AND CIVIC

Booking Required
Brighton Old Police Cells
Shoreham Lifeboat Station Tour

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‘Here in the Past’ Retail Trail

Start: the'Here in the Past' stall - Junction Gloucester Road and Sydney Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Members of the MyHouseMyStreet research team from the Regency Town House will be available at the stall in Gloucester Road between 12pm and 3pm to introduce our Retail Trail work, which will open your eyes to some interesting architectural features and hidden stories in the well known 'North Laine' area.

Opening Times

Sunday: 1200-1500

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

You can take a copy of the trail away with you too, so that afterwards you can enjoy exploring at your own pace. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

The 'MyHouseMyStreet' stall is located in Gloucester Road, between Kensington Gardens and Sydney Street.

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33 Palmeira Mansions (The English Language Centre)

33 Palmeira Mansions, Corner of Salisbury Road and Church Road, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2GB

33 Palmeira Mansions was listed in 1978 as Grade II*. The building has a magnificent Victorian interior, comprising of a marble staircase, alabaster tiled walls, marble dados, and many extraordinary fireplaces with elaborate overmantels, these being described in the listing as ‘an outstanding collection of fittings'.

During this year's Heritage Open Days you are invited to look around the ground floor and to find out about planned restoration works. Those attending will have the opportunity to book for a more extensive tour of the premises to be staged later in the year.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: 1100-1600

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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37 Kensington Place Tour

37 Kensington Place, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4EJ

This North Laine home in Kensington Place built in 1847 has featured in publications and was used for the 2009 press launch of Heritage Open Days. It is furnished with antiques from the first half of the 19th century and is hung with a large collection of prints, drawings and paintings many of which relate to Brighton and the period of the house. 

Admirers of the Sir John Soane Museum will enjoy this property.. The garden is also open.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: Tours 1100-1200 & 1400-1500

·         Friday: Tours 1100-1200 & 1400-1500

·         Saturday: Tours 1100-1200 & 1400-1500

·         Sunday: Tour 1100-1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/37-kensington-place-tour-tickets-35035658598   Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

There are two flights of stairs in the property so unfortunately wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.

Additional information

Max 6 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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A History of the Brighton Workhouses

Drawing of the front elevation of the old Brighton Workhouse

13 Brunswick Square, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

This talk is about the ‘other side’ or ‘hidden history’ of Brighton rather than the one of popular imagination: that of the high lifestyle of the rich and famous during the years of royal patronage. For over 200 years the town’s workhouses illustrated the jarring reality of the poverty and squalor of life for many inhabitants. 

The two main workhouses were at Church Hill and Elm Grove, and there was also the children’s industrial school at Warren Farm. Through extracts from the rootless tramping poor and the indigenous poor, we will hear the voice of some of the forgotten lives of Brighton.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: 1100-1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-history-of-the-brighton-workhouses-tickets-35173835890  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 30 people. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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A Walk on the Wilds’ Side

Meet at the Dolphin Fountain in the Old Steine (opposite Marlborough House), Old Steine, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1NX

Amon Henry Wilds was an architect/developer who was active in Brighton during the Regency and early Victorian periods. Largely because of incomplete historiography, he is less highly regarded than his contemporary Charles Busby, though he was, without a doubt, the most prolific Brighton architect of his day and left a huge legacy in terms of large scale urban developments, townscapes, public buildings and small groups of houses.

David Robson is the joint author of the "Guide to the Buildings of Brighton" (1986) and a former Professor of Architecture in the University of Brighton. His "Walk on the Wilds' Side" makes its way from the Dolphin Fountain in the Steine via Regency Square and Oriental Place to the linked villas of Montpelier Crescent.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Walk 1500-1700

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-walk-on-the-wilds-side-the-architecture-of-amon-henry-wilds-tickets-35173257159 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see the website below: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet at the Dolphin Fountain in Steine Gardens almost opposite Marlborough House and the YMCA buidling on the west side of Old Steine.

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A Wibbly-Wobbly Walk

Meet outside The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

A brisk tour on foot visiting the secret haunts of the twilight men of days gone by. Led by Tom Sargant, co-founder and trustee of Brighton Ourstory, the lesbian, gay and bisexual history charity. 
Twenty places available: please book early. Not suitable for children. In case of wet weather please bring your best umbrella. 

This event will be repeated on Friday if there is sufficient demand.

Opening Times

Thursday: 1900-2030

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-wibbly-wobbly-walk-tickets-35718850042 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

Wheelchair users note, some surfaces rutted, some parts of route use roadway. Not suitable for children

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Arranged in partnership with Brighton Ourstory (Registered charity number 1106242)

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All Saints’ Church Guided Tour and Vaughan Williams organ piece

Junction The Drive / Eaton Road, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1UF

All Saints stands as one of the finest churches of the 19th century Gothic Revival and the creation of two remarkable men: Thomas Peacey, the first Vicar of modern-day Hove, and John Loughborough Pearson, one of the principal architects of the period. It is listed Grade I and is the largest and most costly of Pearson's great town churches, exceeded in size only by his two cathedrals of Truro and Brisbane. It has one of the richest arrays of Christian iconography of the period and its furnishings of carved stone and woodwork, together with the great scheme of stained glass created by the pre-eminent firm of Clayton and Bell are of an extraordinary high quality. It has always been highly regarded as a building: Nikolaus Pevsner described it as 'superb and cathedral-like'.

Saturday 9 September 10am to 12pm
10am Welcome by Fr Ryan Green followed by a tour after which there will be a Vaughan Williams organ piece played by All Saints Church Director of Music, Jon Rawles. The session will finish with tea and homemade cakes.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Tour 1000-1200

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Ramp available to access church.

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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All Saints’ Church Guided Tour and choral piece sung by All Saints Church choir

Junction The Drive / Eaton Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1UF

All Saints stands as one of the finest churches of the 19th century Gothic Revival and the creation of two remarkable men: Thomas Peacey, the first Vicar of modern-day Hove, and John Loughborough Pearson, one of the principal architects of the period. It is listed Grade I and is the largest and most costly of Pearson's great town churches, exceeded in size only by his two cathedrals of Truro and Brisbane. It has one of the richest arrays of Christian iconography of the period and its furnishings of carved stone and woodwork, together with the great scheme of stained glass created by the pre-eminent firm of Clayton and Bell are of an extraordinary high quality. It has always been highly regarded as a building: Nikolaus Pevsner described it as 'superb and cathedral-like'.

Sunday 10 September 11:30am to 1:30pm
11:30am Welcome by Fr Ryan Green followed by a tour after which there will be a choral piece sung by All Saints Church choir. The session will finish with tea and homemade cakes.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: Tour 1130-1330

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Accessible via ramp into the church.

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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All Saints’ Church, Patcham

All Saints Church, Church Hill, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 8YE

Come and visit our 12th Century church with its fascinating Doom Painting, medieval memorial and gravestones in beautiful Patcham Village

Refreshments will be available in the Church Centre

The present church has a history dating back to Saxon times, (possibly as early as the 700s). There are striking similarities with other Sussex Downland churches nearby, such as Pyecombe and Clayton, in terms of construction and overall design. It is built in flint which was widely used for building construction in Sussex in the middle ages, with sections of the present building dating from as early as the 12th century. All Saints was listed as Grade 2* in 1952 and is the Parish Church of Patcham. In the nave of the church and positioned over the chancel arch is a rare 13th century Last Judgement or Doom Painting, whitewashed over at the time of the purges of the Reformation then rediscovered during renovations in 1880-1883

Opening Times

·         Saturday: 1000-1700

·         Sunday: 1200-1600

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Church is at the top of Church Hill near the junction with Vale Avenue

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Architecture & Materials - from Bungarooch to Iron and Beyond -  Robert Street

Meet at the corner of Robert Street and North Road, North Laine, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Come and discover Robert Street's fascinating story and gain an insight into Brighton's unique history. Meeting at the corner of Robert Street with North Road at 1pm on Sunday, the walk will be led by one of the MyHouseMyStreet research team and visit a number of streets including Robert Street.

My House My Street is a collaborative, community-based project that aims to offer detailed information about the past residents of a street and the jobs they undertook, together with an in-depth street history. We will also be distributing leaflets explaining how to undertake similar research for your own home or street.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: Walk 1300-1400

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Bardsley’s of Baker Street, Max Miller Room

22-23A Baker Street, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4JN

Bardsley's of Baker Street is a Brighton & Hove icon. A back-street fish and chip shop that regularly scoops top national rankings for the quality of its service and its servings. During Heritage Open Days why not pop along to the shop and see one local icon's acknowledgement to another by discovering the Max Miller Room. Developed in collaboration with the Max Miller Appreciation Society, the room contains original memorabilia, including one of the Cheeky Chappie's stage costumes. Miller was born in Brighton and his link with the City has become more obvious recently with the unveiling of his statue in New Road. Bardsley's tribute is an appropriate addition! Max Miller Appreciation Society membership documentation available to visitors. And why not stay and sample Brighton's finest fish and chips!

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1230-1500 & 1700-2030

·         Friday: 1230-1500 & 1700-2030

·         Saturday: 1230-1500 & 1700-2030

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Beanfields to Bohemia Walk - North Laine

Meet at Brighton Museum Entrance, Pavilion Gardens, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3XE

Join local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead for a 2-hour stroll through the streets of the North Laine conservation area looking at aspects of historical and contemporary interest. Starts promptly. Children welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Walk 1000-1200

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

A walk through the North Laine area noting its historic features and rapid urban change. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet at Brighton Museum Entrance.

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Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue

6 Lansdowne Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1FF

Shalom and welcome to Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue. ZSTa worked with the Synagogue to complete this imaginative, inspirational and contemporary refurbishment. Creating a welcoming multi-purpose space for religious services, festivals and special commemorations, principally for the local Jewish community while welcoming all faiths.
The existing building, originally a 19th century gymnasium, was converted into a Progressive synagogue in 1937. Within a designated Conservation Area but not historically listed, the proposal for rebuilding the synagogue consists of a timber frame construction for the external west and south walls with new roofs following the existing pitches and repair works to the existing trusses. A new steel frame was erected internally to create the new floor and wall spaces.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1100-1145, 1300-1345, 1500-1545

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-hove-progressive-synagogue-tickets-35175036481Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 10 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is partnering with Brighton & Hove Open Door (Heritage Open Days) to tell the architectural story of buildings.

Events which are badged as Love Architecture may offer talks, tours, special activities or provide architectural information. Look out for the Love Architecture logo – and you can search for Love Architecture events on the Heritage Open Days website.

 

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Brighton Beach Linear Walk

Brighton Pier, Madeira Drive, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1TW

Brighton beach has a mix of human activities from fishing to nightclubs but also a range of natural features, pebbles and waves, gulls and sand. A linear walk from the Palace Pier west to the Hove border.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Walk 1600-1800

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet at entrance to Palace (Brighton) Pier, west side.

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Brighton College Tour

Brighton College , Eastern Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 0AL

The College is situated in the Kemp Town district to the east of Brighton. The early parts were designed by Sir Gilbert Scott, RA, 1848 to 1862. Additions were made by Sir Thomas Jackson, RA, an Old Brightonian in 1885.

The Performing Arts Centre, incorporating Scott’s Café, music rooms and the Dance Studio, was opened in the summer of 2000. A new Visual Arts Centre was created in 2008, and the new Skidelsky building was completed in 2010. A new social space, the Smith Building, opened in January 2012, followed by a new girls’ boarding house in autumn 2013. The original vision of Sir Thomas Jackson for the main quad was completed in 2014 via the construction of the entrance tower. The new Music School opened in 2016, and a new teaching block, the Yeo building, will open in September 2017. Please note: The tour starts promptly and latecomers may not be able to join the tour.

Opening Times

·         Friday: Tour 1115-1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-college-tour-tickets-35035939438  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

Please note: The tour starts promptly and latecomers may not be able to join the tour.

Additional information

Max 30 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Visitors should report to the Security Lodge at the main entrance on Eastern Road.

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Brighton Dome

Brighton Dome, 29 New Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1UG

We’ll be celebrating the rich heritage of our Grade I and II listed buildings as we fling open our doors for our fourth annual Heritage Open Day of free family entertainment.

Take a behind the scenes tour of Brighton Dome (and get a glimpse of the famed underground tunnel running beneath the Royal Pavilion Estate); hear fascinating lectures from Dr Sue Berry and Dr Alexandra Loske about the history of the estate and the development of the town; and enjoy a charming magic lantern show with Jeremy Brooker who revives an attraction that would have been a common feature of Victorian Brighton. All this, plus live music in the Café-bar and heritage craft activities for our youngest visitors.

 

Opening Times

Sunday  10th September: 1000-17.15

Pre-booking: Required

Main site is free to explore but tours must be  pre booked. Full schedule details are listed on the Brighton Dome website.

Go to: http://www.brightondome.org

Write to: heritage@brightondome.org

Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 9 September 2017 17:00

Access Information

The Tours can be made fully accessible but we will require notice of access needs when booking to prepare the route, the tours do involved two flights of stairs and some walking.

Additional information

Max 25 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Brighton Hippodrome: Heritage and prospects

The Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1AF

A lavishly illustrated talk by David Fisher with exhibition of Hippodrome memorabilia between 13:45 and 17:00 while talk not in progress.

Many people have asked if they can look inside the Hippodrome. Unfortunately that is not possible but this is the next best thing. The talk will show, in over 200 images, the history of this endangered Grade II* listed gem—the finest unused theatre in the country. Its days as a skating rink, circus, variety theatre and bingo hall will be lavishly illustrated. 

The potential and plans for its future will also be explained by David Fisher, who has been involved throughout the campaign to save and restore the theatre and has done extensive research into its history. The talk will include pictures and information not previously know or revealed.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Talks at 1400 and 1515

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-hippodrome-a-history-talk-tickets-35137779043 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 60 people per tour/session. David Fisher will be leading a 'street view of the Hippodrome' tour on the Sunday at 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 (duration: approx. 30 mins) For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Brighton Hippodrome: The street view

Meet at corner of Boyce’s Street and Middle Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1AL

David Fisher will lead a 30 minute ‘tour’ of the outside of the Hippodrome with images of the interior.

The interior by Frank Matcham is the real reason for the Hippodrome’s unique importance as the finest unused theatre in the country. However, with the aid of photographs and plans, this ‘tour’ from the outside will explain why it is so important that such a derelict building should be brought back to life and how this could be done.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: Tours at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-hippodrome-external-walk-tickets-35139412930 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. David Fisher is presenting two talks on Brighton Hippodrome: Heritage and prospects at Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton Saturday 9 September at 14:00 and 15:15 duration approx. 45 mins For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet at corner of Boyce’s Street and Middle Street opposite The Hippodrome

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Brighton Old Police Cells

Meet: main entrance to Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1JA

The Old Police Cells Museum is housed in the basement of Brighton Town Hall and offers visitors a unique insight into the history of policing in Sussex. A visit is both educational and entertaining. Our 1 hour 15 minute tour provides an opportunity to visit Brighton Borough main police station for the period 1830 to 1967 and learn about the murder of Chief Constable Henry Solomon in 1844 by a prisoner. See some of the old cells with their graffiti from the Mods and Rockers era, the policeman's wash room and uniform store areas, police memorabilia and artifacts. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Opening Times

·         Thursday: Tour 1030

·         Friday: Tour 1030 & 1400

·         Saturday: Tour 1030

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-old-police-cells-tickets-35036131011 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 12 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Brighton Palace Pier History tour

Brighton Pier, Madeira Drive, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1TW

The tour will consist of an engaging walk along the boardwalk and will cover the history of the pier including how parts of the previous Chain Pier were reused in the Palace Pier’s construction. There will be a chance to see behind the scenes at parts of the pier not usually open to the public. 

Obscure facts will be revealed and there’ll be a fun quiz with prizes. There will be an opportunity to see some rare photographs and you’ll have the chance to take home a stick of rock!

Duration:1 hour

Opening Times

·         Thursday: Tours 1300-1400 & 1600-1700

·         Saturday: Tours 1300-1400 & 1600-1700

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-palace-pier-history-tour-tickets-35136121084 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 25 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet at the entrance to the pier

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Brighton Quakers Meeting House

Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1AF

Come and visit the Quaker Meeting House and 19th century adult education centre where there will be an exhibition telling the story of Brighton's Quaker community from 1655 and the history of the Friends' Meeting House which was built in 1805. Visitors will be able to purchase books on the history of Brighton Quakers and postcards.

The Meeting Room in the Friends' Meeting House will be open through the day for an exhibition on the history of Quakers and particularly the Quakers in Brighton and the history of this building. Quakers and others will be here to answer questions. There will be a DVD playing through the day with interviews.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: 1000-1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Ground floor fully wheelchair accessible. Disability access toilet available.

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Brighton Unitarian Church

Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1UF

The church was built in 1820 on land purchased from the Prince Regent.

The congregation dates from 1793. The church building was completed in August 1820. Dr Morell, a well-known classical scholar, was appointed as the first minister of the church. Due in large part to his influence, the design of the church was inspired by the ancient Temple of Theseus in Athens. It was designed by well-known local architect Amon Henry Wilds – who built much of Brighton’s fashionable Kemp Town.

Attractive stained glass windows are an interesting feature of a simple recently renovated and decorated interior. Come and see our Grade II listed Regency building. One of the first classical places of worship in the city.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: Open Door 1300-1600

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Nearly opposite the Dome Theatre, along New Road, north from The Theatre Royal

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Brighton’s Hidden Gem - West Hill

St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3LJ

Near the Seven Dials is Brighton’s secret gem - West Hill. Join local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead for a stroll through narrow twittens and grand buildings, great views and hidden gardens.

 

Opening Times

·         Sunday: Walk 1600-1800

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

St Nicholas church doorway, off Dyke Rd Brighton

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Building the Denman Legacy

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

The Denman family, humble Sussex builders in the early-to-mid-19th century, rose to become amongst the most influential of local architectural clans during the 20th century. Today, almost all of us will fairly regularly negotiate our way through (and past) a wide variety of properties they have shaped. This small exhibition exposes and celebrates their contribution to the local townscape and will, hopefully, encourage a larger and more comprehensive presentation in the future.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1430-1600

·         Friday: 1430-1600

·         Saturday: 1430-1600

Booking Details

No booking required

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Commemorative Plaque Trail 1 - Sealife Centre to the Marina

Meet, Harry Ramdsen's, 1-4 Marine Parade, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1TA

There are nearly 100 commemorative plaques in the city of Brighton and Hove. Placed by various bodies - the Council and The Regency Society amongst them. Until recently there was no definitive record of these plaques, but now there is the Regency Society's survey and Plaque Trail publications. This event is designed to encourage awareness of these documents. Join a representative from The Regency Town House project for a gentle journey around the above trail. Each participant will receive a free copy of the trail route, upon arrival at the start point. Allow an hour or so.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Walk 0930-1030

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/commemorative-plaque-trail-1-sealife-centre-to-the-marina-tickets-35632530859 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

This trail will take you along Marine Parade and up some side streets. There are one or two steepish bits, but most of the walk is on fairly level ground.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Commemorative Plaque Trail 2 - The Floral Clock Circular

Start: top of Palmeira Square at the Floral Clock, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

There are nearly 100 commemorative plaques in the city of Brighton and Hove. Placed by various bodies - the Council and The Regency Society amongst them. Until recently there was no definitive record of these plaques, but now there is the Regency Society's survey and Plaque Trail publications. This event is designed to encourage awareness of these documents. Join a representative from The Regency Town House project for a gentle journey around the above trail. Each participant will receive a free copy of the trail route, upon arrival at the start point. NOTE: This trail will introduce you to some of the commemorative plaques in Hove. We'll show you Hove's first official plaque, and by the end of the trail you'll see that not all ceramic roundels have to be blue! Allow an hour or so to complete this event.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Walk 1300-1400

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/copy-of-commemorative-plaque-trail-2-the-floral-clock-circular-tickets-35632687327 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Commemorative Plaque Trail 3 - The Old Town of Brighton

Start: Outside Sainsbury's at junction of Old Steine and St James' Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

There are nearly 100 commemorative plaques in the city of Brighton and Hove. Placed by various bodies - the Council and The Regency Society amongst them. Until recently there was no definitive record of these plaques, but now there is the Regency Society's survey and Plaque Trail publications. This event is designed to encourage awareness of these documents. Join a representative from The Regency Town House project for a gentle journey around the above trail. Each participant will receive a free copy of the trail route, upon arrival at the start point. NOTE: This route takes you from Old Steine to Cavendish Place, via some of the oldest streets in Brighton, showing you a wide variety of plaques on the way. Allow an hour or so for the plaques walk, and perhaps some time for the shops and restaurants at the end!

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Walk 1100-1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/commemorative-plaque-trail-3-the-old-town-of-brighton-tickets-35632740486 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Discover the Here in the Past Project

Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Our new Here in the Past project further documents Brighton & Hove's historic properties and residents, taking in houses and peoples across many areas not covered by our MHMS initiative.

Come along and meet the volunteers working on Here in the Past and take away information explaining how to learn more about your own home or street. Perhaps, you might even sign up to help the initiative?

If you'd like to discover more about the history of exactly where you live, don't miss this opportunity!

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1200-1645

·         Friday: 1200 - 1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Discover the Kemp Town Railway Tunnel

Meet at 'The Train', junction of Freshfield Road and Eastern Road near Gala Bingo, 1 Freshfield Way, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 0LE

Join local history enthusiast Kevin Wilsher for a short introduction (30 minutes) to the history of the Kemp Town branch line followed by a visit to the long forgotten railway tunnel.

The tunnel stretches almost 1 km from under Elm Grove Primary School to the site of the Kemp Town railway station and is not generally open to the public.

We will explore the first 20m of the tunnel which is currently used for storage.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1315-1345

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kemp-town-railway-tunnel-tickets-35038280440  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Look for 'The Train' sculpture at the junction of Freshfield Road and Eastern Road near Gala Bingo

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Discover the Kemp Town Railway Tunnel - EXTRA TOUR

Meet at 'The Train', junction of Freshfield Road and Eastern Road near Gala Bingo, 1 Freshfield Way, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 0LE

Join local history enthusiast Kevin Wilsher for a short introduction (30 minutes) to the history of the Kemp Town branch line followed by a visit to the long forgotten railway tunnel.

The tunnel stretches almost 1 km from under Elm Grove Primary School to the site of the Kemp Town railway station and is not generally open to the public.

We will explore the first 20m of the tunnel which is currently used for storage.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1415 - 1445

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kemp-town-railway-tunnel-extra-tour-tickets-37248418021  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Look for 'The Train' sculpture at the junction of Freshfield Road and Eastern Road near Gala Bingo

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Discovering the Silhouette Machine: Workshop

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

200 years ago a series of intriguing 'machines' were invented to make portrait silhouettes. Come along and learn about the history and use of these devices, make a portrait and take the image home with you.

Opening Times

·         Friday: 1030 - 1130

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovering-the-silhouette-machine-workshop-tickets-35168796818 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 10 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Down on the Border: Norfolk Square

Norfolk Square bus stop, Western Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 2AA

Norfolk Square lies on the former Brighton & Hove parish border. This walk weaves to and fro through the borderland between seafront and Western Road, a landscape of grand architecture and the ‘Zone in Transition’

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Walk 1300-1500

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Norfolk Square bus stop

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Duke of York’s Cinema

Duke of York's Cinema, Preston Circus, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4NA

Visit Britain's longest surviving cinema, the Duke of York's, for a tour of this iconic landmark. The Duke of York's opened its doors on 22 September 1910. 

After welcoming millions of audience members, witnessing many changes of ownership and surviving numerous threats to its existence and even possible demolition, it was re-born in the early 1980s as an arthouse cinema. It is now a Grade II listed building - Brighton's favourite cinema and the country's most enduring picture house. 

Access: Please note that the Duke of York's is a working cinema and the route of the tours may be subject to alteration.

Opening Times

·         Friday: Tours 1000 & 1045

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required  Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/duke-of-yorks-cinema-tickets-35036861195  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

Full wheelchair access to ground floor only, not to upper level visited during tour.

Additional information

Max 10 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Edwardian Stencilling at St Peter’s Church, Preston Park

St Peter’s, Preston Park , Preston Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 6SD

Listen to a 90 minute talk on the conservation of the Edwardian stencilling in our chancel. 

Prior to the talk, why not look around the church. This simple 13th century flint church makes a pleasing medieval contrast with its suburban surroundings. It is notable for the substantial area of 14th century wall paintings and is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust.

Opening Times

·         Friday: Talk 1900-2030

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Embassy Court, Icon of 20th Century Modernism

King's Road, Corner of Western Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 2PX

Embassy Court was designed by the Canadian architect Wells Coates and completed in 1936. The following year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York featured the building in its seminal exhibition 'Modern Architecture in England', arguing that the UK was at the forefront of Modernism and Embassy Court the epitome of everything desirable in modern architecture. 

However such innovative design in the relatively inhospitable winter presented challenges and the building fell into serious disrepair over an extended period. Extensive renovations in 2005 saw a re-emergence of this glorious landmark. It is now benefiting from regular maintenance and a vibrant resident community.

A 90 minute tour of this iconic 1930s Modernist apartment block on Brighton seafront. It was the first purpose built apartment block in the UK to have top floor flats designated as 'penthouse' designed by renowned Canadian architect Wells Coates. The tour takes in the stunning views from the 11th floor sun terrace, the interior of a flat and the area behind the scenes from which the building is run by residents and leaseholders.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: Tour 1100-1230

·         Friday: Tour 1100-1230

·         Saturday: Tour 1100-1230

·         Sunday: Tour 1100-1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/embassy-court-tickets-35172894073  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

There are 2 flights of stairs up to the sun terrace.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Foredown Tower Camera Obscura Demonstration

Foredown Tower, Foredown Road, Portslade, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN41 2EW

A hidden gem nestled on the edge of the South Downs, Foredown Tower fascinates adults and children alike. This iconic Edwardian water tower stands solid and proud in the skyline of Portslade Old Village. Set inside tall flint walls, the garden is notorious for its “Foredown wind”.

Older Brightonians may remember with dread the Isolation Hospital which the Tower was built to serve. Never fear, the hospital was demolished and a pleasant housing complex has replaced it.

Foredown Tower now features a “camera obscura” since 1991 – the largest in the South-East. A lens at the summit of the converted Tower projects views of the surroundings onto a convex dish. Our knowledgeable expert demonstrators will tell you about the history of points of interest while sweeping 360° around the local area. And watch out for flying gulls and cars zipping along the by-pass!

Stay for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee with cakes and snacks in our very reasonably-priced cafe. Free parking.

Cafe open 10.30am – 3pm

Opening Times

·         Thursday: Demonstration 1100-1130, 1200-1230, 1300-1330, 1400-1430

·         Saturday: Demonstration 1100-1130, 1200-1230, 1300-1330, 1400-1430

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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George Jackson and Sons - Architectural Ornamentalists

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Visit our small exhibition about the firm of George Jackson & Sons Ltd. One hundred years ago, Jackson's were, without doubt, the country's greatest architectural ornamentalists. Today, the portion of the Jackson archive held at The Regency Town House is undergoing 3D scanning, in collaboration with a team from the University of Brighton. Come along and discover what's happening and why.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1500-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/george-jackson-and-sons-architectural-ornamentalists-tickets-35168899124 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Graveyard Tour at St Helen’s Church, Hangleton

Hangleton Way, Hangleton, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 8ER

A Graveyard Tour led by local historian Trevor Povey will occur at 7pm. The churchyard is not very large but is very uneven in places so sensible shoes will be needed. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a glass of wine or fruit juice and nibbles prior to the tour.

This Grade II listed Late Saxon to Early Norman church will be open showing the history of the church with old photographs, drawings and text. 

Opening Times

·         Friday: Tour 1900-2000

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Wheelchair access via door to south side of church. The churchyard is not very large but is very uneven in places so sensible shoes will be needed.

Additional information

Graveyard Tour

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Hanover’s Early History and Architecture

Meet outside Percy Almshouses at bottom of Islingword Road and Lewes Road near the Antiques shop, Hanover Place, Lewes Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 9SD

Join local history enthusiast, Kevin Wilsher, for this introduction to the history of the earliest streets in Hanover and some of their building's architectural features.

Starting at The Percy and Wagner Almshouses which were built for the poor, we'll then visit Hanover Crescent to see where the wealthy of the Georgian period lived. This is followed by a walk through the first two streets to be built up the hill into Hanover to see some of the key institutions which supported the development of this, now popular, neighbourhood.

The walk will end at one of Hanover's most important institutions - a pub - for anyone that needs some refreshment.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1830-1930

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Walk is mostly on pavement with some steps

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet outside Percy Almshouses at bottom of Islingword Road and Lewes Road near the Antiques shop

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Here in the Past - Brunswick Terrace

Meet outside No. 1 Brunswick Terrace, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1HN

Come along and meet volunteers involved with the development of Here in the Past, the city's local history project exploring who lived in your house before you and the life experiences of former residents. 

We are working on the Brunswick Terrace area at the moment and this is a chance to get a taste of discoveries to date.

Our Here in the Past desk will be on site for 60 minutes between 18.30 and 19.30 hours on Friday 8 Sept

Be sure to tell your friends about our local history events during this year's HODs, perhaps we are showcasing their street too!

Opening Times

·         Friday: 1830-1930

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Here in the Past - Charles Street

Outside No. 5 Charles Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1TG

Come along and meet volunteers involved with the development of Here in the Past, the city's local history project exploring who lived in your house before you and the life experiences of former residents. 

We are working on the Charles Street area at the moment and this is a chance to get a taste of discoveries to date!

Our Here in the Past desk will be on site outside No. 5 for 60 minutes between 10:30 - 11:30 on Saturday 9 Sept

Be sure to tell your friends about our local history events during this year's HODs, perhaps we are showcasing their street too!

Opening Times

·         Saturday: 1030-1130

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Here in the Past - Church Street

Outside No. 60 Church Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3LF

Come along and meet volunteers involved with the development of Here in the Past, the city's local history project exploring who lived in your house before you and the life experiences of former residents. 

We are working on the Church Street area at the moment and this is a chance to get a taste of discoveries to date!

Our Here in the Past desk will be on site for 60 minutes between 12:00 - 13:00 on Saturday 9 September.

Be sure to tell your friends about our local history events during this year's HODs, perhaps we are showcasing their street too!

Opening Times

·         Saturday: 1200-1300

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Here in the Past - Clarendon Place

Opposite No. 4 Clarendon Place, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1JD

Come along and meet volunteers involved with the development of Here in the Past, the city's local history project exploring who lived in your house before you and the life experiences of former residents. 

We are working on the Clarendon Place area at the moment and this is a chance to get a taste of discoveries to date!

Our Here in the Past desk will be on site for 60 minute opposite No. 4, from 14.30-15.30 on Saturday 9 Sept

Be sure to tell your friends about our local history events during this year's HODs, perhaps we are showcasing their street too!

Opening Times

·         Saturday: 1430-1530

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Here in the Past - Osborne Villas

Meet outside No. 6 Osborne Villas, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2RE

Come along and meet volunteers involved with the development of Here in the Past, the city's local history project exploring who lived in your house before you and the life experiences of former residents. 

We are working on the Osborne Villas area at the moment and this is a chance to get a taste of discoveries to date!

Our Here in the Past desk will be on site for 60 minute outside No.6, from 18.00-19.00 Sunday 10 Sept

Be sure to tell your friends about our local history events during this year's HODs, perhaps we are showcasing their street too!

Opening Times

·         Sunday: 1800-1900

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Here in the Past - Reynolds Road

Meet outside No. 10 Reynolds Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 5RJ

Come along and meet volunteers involved with the development of Here in the Past, the city's local history project exploring who lived in your house before you and the life experiences of former residents. 

We are working on the Reynolds Road area at the moment and this is a chance to get a taste of discoveries to date!

Our Here in the Past desk will be on site for 60 minute outside No. 10, from 16.30-17.30 on Sunday 10 Sept

Be sure to tell your friends about our local history events during this year's HODs, perhaps we are showcasing their street too!

Opening Times

·         Sunday: 1630-1730

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Here in the Past - Rock Street

Outside The Rock Inn, 7 Rock Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1NF

Come along and meet volunteers involved with the development of Here in the Past, the city's local history project exploring who lived in your house before you and the life experiences of former residents. 

We are working on the Rock Street area at the moment and this is a chance to get a taste of discoveries to date!

Our Here in the Past desk will be on site for 60 minute outside the Rock Inn from 16.00-17.00 Saturday 9 September.

Be sure to tell your friends about our local history events during this year's HODs, perhaps we are showcasing their street too!

Opening Times

·         Saturday: 1600-1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Here in the Past - Ventnor Villas

Meet outside 19 Ventnor Villas, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3DE

Come along and meet volunteers involved with the development of Here in the Past, the city's local history project exploring who lived in your house before you and the life experiences of former residents. 

We are working on the Ventnor Villas area at the moment and this is a chance to get a taste of discoveries to date!

Our Here in the Past desk will be on site for 60 minute outside No. 19, from 5pm-6pm Friday 8 Sept

Be sure to tell your friends about our local history events during this year's HODs, perhaps we are showcasing their street too!

Opening Times

·         Friday: 1700-1800

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Maintaining Your Historic Brighton & Hove Home

The Regency Town House, 13 , Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Do you live in a local historic house? Then you likely spend quite a lot maintaining the property. But, are you getting good value for money and doing the right things to minimise outlay and maximise benefit. Are you helping yourself financially and helping the original fabric of your home survive into the future? If you are confused about historic property maintenance, come along to our event focusing on the basics of good practice.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1600-1700

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maintaining-your-historic-brighton-and-hove-home-tickets-35168915172 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Middle Street Synagogue - Brighton

Synagogue, Middle Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1AL

In 1874, a project for a new synagogue in Brighton was put out to tender. It was won by Thomas Lainson, a well-known local architect and the new synagogue opened in 1875. The exterior has been described as both Byzantine and Romanesque and looks slightly out of place in its side street home. The interior was described by Anthony Dale as amongst the most splendid synagogue interiors in Europe. It certainly is quite spectacular but was originally fairly plain. Between 1880-1915, donations gradually furnished the building with wrought iron, brass work and stained glass. The building has recently been nominated for the European Routes of Jewish Heritage as one of Britain's Top Ten Synagogues.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: 1400-1600

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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More than Shopping: Brighton’s Western Road

Meet: Wykeham Terrace, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3FF

More than shopping - Brighton's Western Road. A walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: 1300-1500

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Parking very limited in area. Buses to Churchill Sq/Arcade

Additional information

A meander through the city’s main shopping area…looking at more than shops.

Directions

Wykeham Terrace, bottom of Dyke Rd, Brighton.

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Nice Girls Didn’t go to the Academy! Cinema Themed Guided Tour

STARTS - Duke of York's Cinema, Preston Circus , Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4NA

Join Alexia Lazou, The Usherette, as she leads you through the town centre, stopping at various former and current cinema sites, evoking the Golden Age of the Silver Screen. The guided tour will end at The Melrose Restaurant at approximately 7.30pm. 

The Melrose was formerly the Pandora Gallery, where the first films to be shown outside London were screened in 1896. Approximately 1.7 miles / 90 mins.

This year the tour takes place on The Usherette's birthday so she invites all walkers to come along dressed as their favourite film character and/or join her for supper at The Melrose after (both optional!)

Supper at The Melrose - please book a table via the restaurant http://www.melroserestaurant.co.uk

Opening Times

·         Friday: Walk 1800-1930

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

This tour is mostly on flat pavements, just one gentle hill being negotiated.

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Not Just the Trunk Murders!  An illustrated Walk in Kemp Street

Meet south end of Kemp Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Kemp Street has long had a notorious place in Brighton's history with the infamous Trunk Murders of 1934. Find out about this and more fascinating stories in this street's past, including the story of the last large-scale smallpox outbreak in England. 

Meet at the south end of Kemp Street from 2.45pm, the tour starts at 3pm, maximum 15 people. 

The MyHouseMyStreet initiative is a collaborative, community-based project providing in-depth local street histories in Brighton. For further information, see: www.mhms.org.uk.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: Walk 1500-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/not-just-the-trunk-murders-a-myhousemystreet-illustrated-walk-in-kemp-street-tickets-35590230337 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Only in Brighton: Piers and Queers

Meet Regency Square, by the statue., Kings Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 2HH

Marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Blue Badge Tourist Guide Ric Morris leads you through 200 years of Brighton’s history from a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans perspective. In a walk along the seafront and historic city centre, we shed light on hidden histories, prominent figures, extraordinary unsung heroes, private lives and public celebrations - and role of the city as a place of resort and freedom.

Meet Regency Square, by the statue.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: 1100-1300

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/only-in-brighton-piers-and-queers-tickets-35174162868  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 25 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet Regency Square, by the statue

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Open Day at The Keep

The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 9BP

Come and meet The Keep’s staff and find out more about our extensive collections and the work we do to conserve and make them accessible. We’ll be offering behind-the-scenes tours, talks and practical advice for local and family historians, as well as displays of rarely seen original archive material celebrating architecture and science. There’ll also be tea and cakes, and lots of hands-on activities for families and children.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: 1030-1530

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For more information, please see our website, http://www.thekeep.info/keeps-open-day/

Directions

We are situated on the edge of Brighton just off the A27 near to the University Campuses and the Amex Stadium. Buses from Brighton and Lewes directions stop close to the building and we are just a 10 minute walk from Falmer train station. Please note that the postcode may not work with Sat Nav systems as it is relatively new but the geographic co-ordinates for the Keep are as follows: N 50°51.550′ W 000°05.729′ and TQ 32022 08239

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Ovingdean Excavation Site

Meet at entrance to Ovingdean Church (St Wulfran's), Greenways, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 7BA

Join site director John Skelton for a tour of the church and site of the excavation of a medieval enclosure associated with the late Saxon and early Norman church.

The field immediately north of St Wulfran’s Church, Ovingdean is full of earthworks forming an enclosure. Geophysical studies and excavations from 2003 have revealed a large flint constructed medieval house, and numerous walls indicating the presence of other buildings possibly workshops, storerooms and smaller dwellings. In 2014 excavations beneath the large earthwork produced pottery dating from the Saxon period, and post holes that may be Saxon buildings. Finds have included pottery, bone, marine shells and metal objects which include a spur and armour piercing arrow heads. The excavations for this season commenced in April this year and will continue until October. The field is accessed by a stile near the church gate.

Tour Saturday at 12:00 and 14:00 for 45 minutes including questions

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Tours 1200-1245 & 1400-1445

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ovingdean-excavation-site-tickets-35429577821  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

Please note that the field can only be accessed by a style so will not be accessible for wheelchairs.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Pelham Square - A New Look at an Old Square!

Meet at the red telephone boxes at the corner of Pelham Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

For BHOD 2017, come and join a member of the MyHouseMyStreet research team on an architectural assessment of Pelham Square. We will be looking at some of the Square's more interesting architectural features and discovering Pelham Square's fascinating story, giving us an insight into Brighton's unique history. 

Meeting at the red telephone boxes at the corner of Pelham Square at 2.20pm on Sunday. 

My House My Street is a collaborative, community-based project that aims to offer detailed information about the past residents of a street and the jobs they undertook, together with an in-depth street history. We will also be distributing leaflets explaining how to undertake similar research for your own home or street.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: Walk 1430-1515

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Plaster Ornament in Period Houses

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Join us for a short presentation about how the ornamental plaster decorations in Regency and Victorian houses were made and fitted. Wear old clothes if you wish to participate in working with the plaster demonstrations. Duration approximately 45 minutes.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1400-1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/plaster-ornament-in-period-houses-tickets-35168946265 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Post-war Brighton & Hove in Film

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Join us for the screening of a mid-20th century short film about the city (then two separate towns) by Brightonian John King. This event is provided courtesy of Screen Archive South East and will last approximately half an hour with Q&A session after the film.

Opening Times

·         Friday: 1500 - 1530

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/post-war-brighton-hove-in-film-tickets-35173297279 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Profiles of the Past - 250 Years of British Portrait Silhouette History

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Come along and spend 45 minutes discovering the 'Profiles of the Past initiative, developing a website about British portrait silhouette history. The site offers a definitive virtual silhouette collection, biographical material about artists and explanations of production techniques. The website also invites the public to upload their historic silhouettes, expanding the online collection and revealing hidden national treasures.

Opening Times

·         Friday: 0930-1030

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/250-years-of-british-portrait-silhouette-history-tickets-35169022493 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Pubs, banks and pylons - the architectural legacy of John Leopold Denman

Meet at entrance to Brighton Museum, Brighton Museum, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1EE

Recognise this ? Yes , it’s one of the two pylons erected in 1928 on the A23 at the borough boundaries to welcome visitors to Brighton . These monuments are familiar to anyone who has ever driven on the London -Brighton road , but who was the architect ? Well , he was John Leopold Denman (1882-1975). If you would like to find out more about this extraordinarily prolific man and the contribution he made to the appearance of our city, join Gilly , Ian and Sandra for a walking tour of some of his buildings.

John Leopold Denman deserves to be better known. Not only has he left us a wonderful legacy , but all of us interested in architecture and townscape owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for his efforts to save the regency heritage of Brighton at a time after 1945 when it was under threat of demolition.

The range of his work is impressive: this is a man who was architect for the Kemp Town Brewery at the same time as being employed by the diocese of Chichester. In addition to pubs and sensitively restored churches , there are houses , flats , banks , commercial buildings and the wonderfully exotic mosaic facade of the Freemasons pub in Western Road.

Come and join us and discover more about a great Brightonian.

Opening Times

·         Friday: 1815-1915

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet at entrance to Brighton Museum

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Railway and Greenway – A Guided Walk from Brighton to London Road Station

Meet Cycle Hub, Brighton Station (North entrance), Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Discover the industrial history behind the Brighton Greenway, find out more about the architectural diversity of Preston Circus, influenced by its role as a transport hub, and visit the back rooms and tiny gardens of one of Brighton’s Victorian suburban stations: a celebration of railways and urban green space!

This event is led by Elspeth Broady and guests. Elspeth is coordinator of London Road Station Partnership and Secretary of Friends of Brighton Greenway. She has lived in the London Road area for almost 40 years.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: Walk 1100-1300

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/railway-and-greenway-a-guided-walk-from-brighton-to-london-road-station-tickets-35136199318  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. Return to Brighton Station either by train or a 20 minute direct walk. Buses into the centre of Brighton go from nearby Beaconsfield Road (5, 5A, 5B) and Ditchling Road (26, 46). For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Regency Brighton from The BA i360

West Pier, Kings Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 2FL

**FULLY BOOKED**

Glide up to 138m to enjoy breath-taking 360o views from the world’s tallest moving observation tower, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye.
In a fully enclosed futuristic glass pod, enjoy views across Brighton, the South Downs, Sussex coastline and, on the clearest days, all the way to Beachy Head.
Discover more about the many landmarks seen from BAi360 using the free viewing map and free app (available in 10 languages).
Enjoy a drink at the Nyetimber Sky Bar, one of the most unique bars in the UK, serving a range of local drinks including Nyetimber, an award-winning sparkling wine. Visit the beach building for the free ‘British Airways i360: How it Was Built’ exhibition, enjoy a meal at the beachside restaurant or West Pier Tea Room, or browse the BAi360 shop for a range of gifts and souvenirs, many created by local Brighton artists.

Visit The West Pier Trust exhibition before or after your ride to see what the plans are for the West Pier.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1030-1900

·         Friday: 1030-1900

·         Saturday: 1030-1900

·         Sunday: 1030-1900

Booking Details

Pre-booking: **FULLY BOOKED**
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/views-of-brighton-from-the-ba-i360-tickets-35660813453 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

Ensure you provide contact details when booking this event (email address, mobile phone) so the organiser can get the printed tickets to you.

Additional information

Max 6 people. When booking, ensure you provide contact details (email address and mobile number) so the organiser can get the tickets to you For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Regency Square - The Pleasure of Leisure

MEET: North end of Regency Square, beside the Heritage Board , Regency Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 2EF

Join Duncan Cameron for a ninety minute guided walk showing how the area has developed in response to leisure needs.

Regency Square and its surroundings was created as a place in which to have fun. We shall see how that has played out up to the present.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Walk 1100-1230

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

MEET: North end of Regency Square, beside the Heritage Board For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Tour of RIBA Regional Award Winning Cairns Tower and Music School, Brighton College

Brighton College, Eastern Road , Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 0AL

The College is situated in the Kemp Town district to the east of Brighton. The early parts were designed by Sir Gilbert Scott, RA, 1848 to 1862. Additions were made by Sir Thomas Jackson, RA, an Old Brightonian in 1885. 

This tour will focus on the new additions the site, most of which has been added over the last decade. This will include the RIBA Regional Award winning Cairns Tower and Music School.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1100-1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-college-riba-regional-award-winning-cairns-tower-and-music-school-tickets-35510515909 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 30 people per tour/session. The tour will include stairs, and is therefore regrettably not suitable for wheelchair users.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is partnering with Brighton & Hove Open Door (Heritage Open Days) to tell the architectural story of buildings.

Events which are badged as Love Architecture may offer talks, tours, special activities or provide architectural information. Look out for the Love Architecture logo – and you can search for Love Architecture events on the Heritage Open Days website.

 

Directions

Please use the Eastern Road entrance, and report to the Security Lodge.

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Roedean: Then and Now - Roedean School Tour

Roedean School, Roedean Way, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 5RQ

Come and walk the corridors of one of the first girls' boarding schools in the country. Hear about how Sir John Simpson's inspiring architecture of Roedean School influenced his design of the original Wembley Stadium and discover how his Grade II listed buildings characterise the classic 'Arts and Crafts' movement of 1860 to 1910. Learn how the school is setting the standard for boarding in the 21st Century through its transformational redesign of its five boarding houses. Not normally accessible to the public, the Saturday tour ends a with a trip down Roedean’s secret tunnel to the undercliff walk connecting to Brighton Marina. Approx. 90 mins. (Wear comfortable shoes and bring a torch if going down the tunnel)

Opening Times

·         Thursday: Tour 1030-1200

·         Friday: Tour 1030-1200

·         Saturday: Tour 1030-1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/roedean-school-tour-tickets-35173530978 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

Please advise of any mobility or other special needs ahead of visiting via an email to nick@rth.org.uk

Additional information

Max 16 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Saddlescombe Farm Tour

Saddlescombe Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN45 7DE

Discover this ancient downland farm that was once owned by the Knights Templar. Enjoy tours of the 17th century Threshing Barn, Tudor Scullery and Donkey Wheel. 

Visit the Saddlescombe Learning Space which houses the Saddlescombe archaeological collection donated by the Brighton Museum. 

You can also venture further afield for tours on surrounding Newtimber Hill, considered one of the best downland sites in the country. 

Refreshments at the wonderful Hiker's Rest cafe.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: 1030-1530

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Limited wheelchair access in buildings. Some tracks around the farm are challenging but should be manageable with the warden's assistance. Disabled toilet available at the Farm.

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

By road: Follow signs on the day: Signposted on A281 near the Rushfield Plant Centre. From A27, head north towards Devil's Dyke but stay to the right as the road forks, the farm is then approximately 1 mile. Parking £2. Please follow signs near Devil's Dyke. Limited free car parks at Summerdown Road OS: TQ269112, 5-10 minutes walk from the Farm.

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Saltdean Lido – A Modernist Marvel on the Sussex Coast

Saltdean Park Road, Saltdean, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 8SN

Saltdean Lido was built in 1938 by R.W.H. Jones in the ‘International Style’. With its distinctive gull wings and famous rotunda, its design epitomizes some of the best elements of the British modernist movement. In 2015 Historic England named it as ‘One of the 7 wonders of the English Seaside’. 

The Lido reopened in June 2017. Come and find out about the next stage of the project. Phase 2 (subject to funding) will see the main building restored back to its former glory with a cafe/restaurant/events space, community spaces and library.

Visitors will be granted exclusive behind the scenes access to many parts of the Grade II* listed site which have been closed to the general public for several years.

The Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company is working to restore the building for the benefit of city, nation and future generations. Learn about our plans and how you can support this community inspired project. Tours will last approx. 30mins. Wealthy philanthropists will be especially warmly welcomed!

Opening Times

·         Thursday: Tours 1830-1900, 1930-2000

·         Sunday: Tours 1100-1130, 1200-1230, 1300-1330, 1400-1430

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/saltdean-lido-tickets-35173028475  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

Push Chairs can be left on the ground floor but there is no lift. Please note – The building is not normally open for public use. People with mobility problems are advised not to participate as stairs will have to be negotiated. The issue of access is being addressed in our restoration plans.

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

By Bus from Brighton – 27, 14, 12 (stop – Longridge Avenue, Saltdean

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Sex and Shopping! A Guided Walk of Gardner Street

Meet: junction of Gardener St and Church St outside Gelato Gusto ice cream parlour, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1UP

Join us for a guided tour of Gardner Street and neighbouring Orange Row (all that remains of the once infamous Pimlico district of Brighton). The walk will last a maximum of one hour and will aim to highlight 200 years of the streets' somewhat chequered history. 

Meet outside Gelato Gusto at the junction of Gardner Street and Church Street at 11.55

Opening Times

·         Sunday: Walk 1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sex-and-shopping-a-guided-walk-of-gardner-street-and-orange-row-tickets-35590252403 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Shoreham Port Tour

Nautilus House, 90-100 Albion Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN42 4ED

Join Shoreham Port for a ‘behind-the- scenes’ tour visiting areas of the Port that are normally off-limits to the public. The coach tour will begin at the main Nautilus House office before proceeding to various locations around the Port where the group will be able to get off the coach and explore areas of interest in more detail.

The tour will conclude over at the Pump House compound where guests will be able to see the giant impounding pumps inside. As well as a tour of the Port’s main operational areas, members of staff will be happy to discuss the future of Shoreham Port, the great steps made in achieving Eco-Port status and the Port’s increasing involvement with the local community

Opening Times

·         Thursday: Tour 1430-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shoreham-port-tour-tickets-35036988576  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 50 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet at main Nautilus House office.

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Slaughter in Trafalgar Street - and more…

Meet at the North side of Pelham Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4ET

Explore the rich history behind the jumbled facades of Trafalgar Street, from open fields to Conservation Area. Along the way we'll meet scholars and shopkeepers, pubs and philanthropists, council control and yes, cows.

The MyHouseMyStreet initiative is a collaborative, community-based project providing in-depth local street histories. For further information, see: www.mhms.org.uk.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: 1300-1400

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/slaughter-in-trafalgar-street-and-more-tickets-35590278481Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet at the North side of Pelham Square

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St Andrew’s Chapel, Hove

Waterloo Street, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1AQ

Set back from the seafront, this Regency church was built to serve the expanding resorts of Hove and Brighton. Designed in 1827 by the famous architect Sir Charles Barry, its Italian Renaissance style perfectly matches the symmetry and grandeur of the neighbouring squares and terraces. Cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust and no longer used for worship, it is now sometimes used as a community venue.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1715-1800

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tour-of-st-andrews-church-waterloo-street-tickets-35650157581Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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St Andrew’s Old Church, Hove

Church Road, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2AD

St Andrew’s Old Church in Church Road, Hove, served as Hove’s parish church for many centuries. However by the early 19th century the structure was in a state of near ruin. 
It was rebuilt in 1836 as nearly as possible to its original design and the interior of the church between the pillars is contemporary with the original foundations.
There are many interesting memorial tablets in the church and in the graveyard are the tombs of several famous persons, including Sir George Everest.

Please note that our Late Summer Fayre is Saturday 16th September 2017 from 12 until 3pm and our Annual Summer Concert which is on Sunday 2nd July at 4pm.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 0900-1200

·         Friday: 0900-1200

·         Saturday: 1000-1200

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Toilets & refreshments are available from Gail's Artisan Bakery on the corner of Church Road and George Street.

Additional information

Please note that our Late Summer Fayre is Saturday 16th September 2017 from 12 until 3pm and our Annual Summer Concert which is on Sunday 2nd July at 4pm. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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St Bartholomew’s Church

Ann Street, Brighton , Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4GP

St Bartholomew, Brighton, one of the great churches of the 19th century - the cathedral of what used to be called the 'London-Brighton and South Coast Religion' with its incense, ritual, embroidered vestments and lights. The fabric itself is is a masterpiece of brickwork and a credit to its little-known architect, Edmund Scott. The fittings, great baldacchino and silver side altar by Henry Wilson, the font and the stained glass lancets complement each other and enhance the building. Only Holy Trinity, Sloane Street, in London, compares with it as a monument in richness of fittings belonging to that inventive time of the Art Workers Guild which immediately succeeded William Morris. In the noise and glitter of cheerful Brighton, this great church is a tall sanctuary of peace. Its interior awes beholders to silence.

Services on Sunday at 9.30 and 11.00 - please be respectful of the congregation

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1000-1630

·         Friday: 1000-1630

·         Saturday: 1000-1630

·         Sunday: 0900-1300 (Services at 9.30 and 11.00 )

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

The church is normally open from 10.00 am until 4.30 pm every weekday and on Sunday from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm. On Sunday there will be two main services in progress at 9.30 am and 11.00am and there are services on the other weekdays which any visitors must be considerate of.

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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St George’s Church, Kemp Town

St George's Road, Kemp Town, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1ED

St George's Church was designed in 1824-5 by the architect C. A. Busby for Thomas Read Kemp M.P. The church was intended to serve the new estate at Kemp Town, and was consecrated on 30 December 1825. Displaying Busby's considerable competence in Neo-Classical design, the church is rectangular, without transepts, and has a particularly lovely west front displaying a Grecian bell-tower and a pair of Doric pilasters either side of the main entrance. The church is Grade II listed and can seat 1,300 people, a capacity which is still fully used for concerts and other events. St George's remains a vibrant part of the local community today, with a busy Community Centre in the crypt and, upstairs, a popular café.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 0900-1430

·         Friday: 0900-1430

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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St Helen’s Church Open Days

St Helen’s Church, Hangleton Way/Downsview, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 8ER

Listed Grade II, St Helen's has parts variously dated to Late Saxon to Early Norman. It does not feature in Domesday, but certainly was in existence by 1093. The Tower was added c.1300 along with a re-modelling of the Chancel. The decline of the village after the black death in the mid 14th century to a population of less than 100 which level remained until the 20th century was probably responsible for saving St Helen's from the Victorian 'restorers'. Today much of the medieval fabric remains, the inside having more changes to make a living building more suitable for today's worship, while retaining a few original features. Much repair and restoration has been done in recent years, the 1960s north vestry has flint walls to match the original construction materials. After water damage in the 1950s, several layers of medieval wall paintings were uncovered and stabilized.

Opening Times

·         Friday: 1000-1700

·         Saturday: 1000-1700

·         Sunday: 1000-1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

There will be a church service Sunday morning at 10:45 to 12:00 for those who would like to attend

Additional information

There will be an exhibition with old photographs, drawings and text of the history of the church and its immediate surroundings. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Located near to the 5B bus route

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St Leonard’s Church, Aldrington

St Leonard's Church, 211 New Church Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 4DB

St Leonard's Church is the original parish church of Aldrington, Hove

 

In the 1700s a storm destroyed almost all of the church of St Leonard's. It was not until 1877/78 that the ruin was replaced by a small building with a chancel, nave, vestry and bell tower, designed by Carpenter & Ingelow. Some of the knapped flints from the earlier building survive in the lowest level of the current tower. In the 1930s a larger chancel, nave, baptistry and vestries were added on the north and east sides, designed by Harold Milburn Pett, the Diocesan Architect, in the ‘medieval’ style of the older church. The bell tower, to which a spire was added at this time, has 6 bells which are still in active use today. The chancel is light and airy and there are some excellent stained glass windows designed by Clayton & Bell. The graveyard, which contains some interesting memorials, is one of only three public access open spaces in the parish and recently there has been an experimental attempt in its management, to encourage wildlife. The north-east corner, which was never consecrated, has been managed as an organic community allotment since 2013, by the ‘Secret Garden’ group.

 

We will have an exhibition telling ‘Our Stories’ – the story of St Leonard’s Church and many of the people who have had some connection with it. There will be an opportunity to learn how the church bells work and to try out handbell ringing. Children will be able to draw their own design for a stained glass window. We will also be providing simple refreshments, with proceeds going to charity.

Opening Times

Saturday 10 September 2017: 1000-1600

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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St Mary’s Kemp Town - Visit the Church and Explore our Stories in Stone and Glass (plus Free Recital)

Upper Rock Gardens, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1PR

St Mary’s Church was built in 1876–8 to designs by Sir William Emerson, PRIBA, and is his only surviving church in Britain. The modest brick exterior conceals an interior of surprising volume and warmth, which reflects Emerson’s training under William Burges, the great Gothic Revivalist, but also the Indo-Islamic influences of a career spent largely in India, where he most famously built the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta (Kolkata). The interior is finely finished; the pier capitals, brick vaulting, pulpit, font, reredos and canopy, mosaic sanctuary floor, and choir stalls are all deserving of attention. There is an excellent range of stained-glass and cathedral-tint windows, including eight pictorial windows by Alfred Octavius Hemming. Other windows are by George William Luxford, James Powell & Sons, Burlison and Grylls, Mayer of Munich, and Charles Eamer Kempe. 

Come and explore our church and learn how to read the stories carved in our stones and painted on our beautiful windows. There will be binoculars and big photos on hand to reveal the details you don’t normally see from the ground as well as special worksheets for children. We’ll also have details of our exciting new round of repairs to the front overlooking St James’s Street, which will be happening in 2018.

There is also a free recital at 6 pm when the Herschel Quartet will be playing Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F, which will be followed by complimentary refreshments. 

Opening Times

·         Saturday: 1000-1900

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Visit the church's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrightonStMary The church will be open from 9 am to 6 pm as part of the annual fundraising Ride & Stride day for the Sussex Historic Churches Trust. Refreshments will be available all day and volunteers will be on hand to explain the church’s history and architecture. There is also a free recital at 6 pm when the Herschel Quartet will be playing Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F, which will be followed by complimentary refreshments. We’re wheelchair accessible, have toilets next door in the church hall, and welcome happy dogs on a lead.

Additional information

Visit the church's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrightonStMary

Directions

St Mary’s is the big red brick Victorian church on the corner of St James’s Street and Upper Rock Gardens. Buses 1, 2 and 7 from the centre of Brighton run right past the church; hop off at ‘Rock Gardens’ stop. On the 1A, get off at ‘Park Street’ and walk down towards the sea past the church.

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St Nicholas’ Church, Brighton

Dyke Road, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3LJ

This church is dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors and fishermen. Until 1873, St Nicholas was the Parish Church of Brighton and it still is the Mother Church and the only church in central Brighton of ancient interest. The earliest known reference to a church in Brighthelmstone, the old name for Brighton, comes from William the Conqueror's great census, the Domesday Book, written about 1085. This states that there was a church, valued at £12, which had been assessed as worth £10 in the reign of the Saxon King Edward. On the wall of the south aisle is a list of vicars, far from complete and not always accurate, but dating back to 1091. The side chapel, now the Lady Chapel, dates from the early years of the 16th Century and may originally have been a chantry chapel. In 2009 the wall paintings adorning the Chancel and West walls and the 14th century screen were restored.

Opening Times

·         Friday: 1300-1500

·         Saturday: 1000-1700

·         Sunday: 1300-1500

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Access for Wheelchairs through North-East and South doors by arrangement.

Additional information

There is also a free recital at 6 pm when the Herschel Quartet will be playing Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F, which will be followed by complimentary refreshments.

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St Nicholas’ Church, Portslade

South Street, Portslade, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN41 2LE

St Nicolas Portslade was built around 1170 - but since then almost every generation have done things to the building to better suit the needs of the worshipping community - including adding a “weeping” chancel and bell tower around 1250; a north aisle and pews in the 1850s; a choir gallery in 1932. The Brackenbury Chapel is a fine example of a Victorian Mortuary Chapel. Possibly the most famous parishioner was Harry Blaker (whose memorial tablet is in the south aisle). As Surgeon to the Royal Family when they were at the Royal Pavilion he vaccinated Queen Victoria’s eldest children the Princess Royal (later Empress of Germany) and the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). St Nicolas has been in continuous use for 844 years, probably aided by its close proximity to Portslade’s Norman Manor House.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 0830-1700

·         Friday: 0830-1700

·         Saturday: 0830-1700

·         Sunday: 0930-1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

Open door - please look around For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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St Paul’s Church - Open Door

West Street, Brighton , Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 2RE

St Paul’s is one of the most impressive churches in Brighton and its construction in 1846-48 signified the final victory of the gothic style. The church was originally intended to serve the poorer population of the western part of the old town. However, for some years after it was built, it was crowded with fashionable folk as well as fishermen. It was the first church in Brighton to promote the Tractarian movement, which called for the revival of Catholicism in the Church of England.

The building has the largest collection of Pugin stained glass in the Church of England. Join us for a guided tour of the building to see this magnificent legacy as well as windows by Kempe.

St Paul's is also home to Safe Space, a rescue point operated on Friday and Saturday by the YMCA and Red Cross, to help those in need on those evenings. Street Pastors are also based at St Paul's.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1030-1500

·         Friday: 1200-1500

·         Saturday: 1000-1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

On-site disabled parking available in Russell Place with Blue Badge. Disabled toilet facilities limited to grab rails and turning space.

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St Peter’s, Preston Park Open Door

Preston Drove , Brighton, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 6SD

This simple 13th century flint church makes a pleasing medieval contrast with its suburban surroundings. It is notable for the substantial area of 14th century wall paintings and is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust.

Open door. Please come and look around

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1030-1530

·         Friday: 1030-1530

·         Saturday: 1030-1530

·         Sunday: 1030-1530

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Sussex Masonic Centre

25 Queens Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3YH

With Regency origins a part of the story, the current building was completed in 1928 and reflects the architectural and interior design of the period. The magnificent staircase and Masonic meeting rooms retain their original features and are currently home to over 90 separate masonic lodges and orders. Join the Curator for a fascinating tour and question and answer session that will last approximately one hour and twenty minutes.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: Tour 0900 & 1100

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sussex-masonic-centre-tour-tickets-35169296312  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

Adults only please

Additional information

Max 40 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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TAKE SHELTER! @ Downs Junior School

Downs Junior School, Rugby Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 6ED

New for HODs 2017!

Hidden away under the playground at Downs Junior School is an amazing original WW2 Air Raid Shelter. Constructed in 1939, the Shelter is the largest of three at the school, and is the only one still accessible.

The Trenches, as they were known at the time, are a series of interconnecting tunnels made from pre-cast concrete panels approximately 3 metres below the playground. With bench seating along each corridor the Shelter had a capacity for 300 pupils, and was also used by the local community at night. After the two main staircase entrances were removed and sealed after the war, the Shelter remained undiscovered for over 30 years until it was discovered in 1985 during a routine drain inspection. Initial refurbishment was carried out in 2012 to open up the shelter to visitors, and then after major restoration work in 2016 the Shelter was opened as a Museum, and Take Shelter was born. 

We are offering 140 visitors a free 45 minute guided tour (in groups of 10). Tours times will be every 15 minutes from 12:00 to 15:15 and must be booked in advance.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: 1200-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/take-shelter-tickets-35122212483  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

The original staircase entrances have been removed over time so access is currently quite limited and access is only possible via a man-hole. Visitors will therefore need to be able to climb down a short ladder with side rails to access the space.

Additional information

Max 10 people per tour/session. We will have a refreshments stall and also a selection of branded gifts to buy including 'Sheltered Lives', a collection of stories and memories by ex-pupils who experienced the shelters as pupils during WW2.

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The Aubrey Beardsley Tour

Meet: W H Smith's bookshop on the concourse of Brighton Station, Queens Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3XP

Join guide Alexia Lazou for a gentle 90-120 minute stroll through Brighton, exploring the buildings and places associated with the early life of artist Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), famous for his innovative black and white illustrations.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: 1100-1300

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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The Brunswick Town Walk

START: Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Join us for a gentle 90-minute guided walk around historic Brunswick Town, designed as a Regency new town in the 1820s by the architect Charles Augustin Busby.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: Tour 1130

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-brunswick-town-walk-tickets-35169042553

Access Information

Wheelchair users note, some surfaces rutted, some parts of route use roadway.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session.

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The Chattri Memorial

Meet at Braypool Lane at the brow of the hill, Patcham, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 8ZH

Discover one of Brighton's links with India. 

During the First World War (1914-18) over one and a half million Indian army soldiers saw active service alongside British troops.

After the end of the war, the contribution made by the Indian Army was seen as crucial in defeating the enemy, and two monuments were erected in recognition and appreciation. The first of these, the Chattri Memorial, was built on the Downs near Patcham to honour the Indian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This is a guided tour/talk at The Chattri which you will have to walk to from Braypool Lane, Patcham. Meet at Braypool Lane by 11:15. The talk starts at 12:00

Opening Times

·         Saturday: 1115-1315

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-chattri-memorial-tickets-35169258198  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the top of the South Downs countryside where it is often very windy. Please note to reach the Chattri involves walking some distance over farmland and you should allow 45 minutes from Braypool Lane. When reserving tickets please ensure you leave contact details (email address and mobile phone) as this event will not run if there is insufficient interest. The organiser will confirm a few days beforehand.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Getting to The Chattri Please note to reach the Chattri involves walking some distance over farmland and you should allow 45 minutes from Braypool Lane. Get to Braypool Lane by 11:15 By Car: as you enter Brighton on the A23, take the A27 towards Lewes. At the second small roundabout (with slip road to Lewes), take the north exit into Braypool Lane and immediately turn right. Park on the brow of the hill. At the brow of the hill there is a farm track on your left and should be a signpost to The Chattri. You will be met by someone to point you in the right direction. Look for someone in a white baseball cap with the pink 'H' for Heritage Open Days!

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The Development of North Laine as Brighton’s Industrial and Commercial Suburb

Meet at: entrance to Brighton Museum, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1EE

Join Peter Crowhurst, co-producer of the recently published ‘North Laine Book’, for a wander through the streets and twittens of North Laine to Trafalgar St and then back to Church St. 

The tour will last approx 90 minutes. There are no mobility issues as such although participants will need to be able to keep up with the pace of the group.

The North Laine today is a thriving and bustling part of Brighton, known for its cafe culture and independent shops but its success is based on having been made a Conservation Area in 1977. North Laine was largely developed in the Victorian period and the Victorian townscape is still there. This tour will give a glimpse into a mid Victorian life of narrow terraced streets interspersed with warehouses, drill halls, breweries, malthouses and foundries.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: Tour 1100-1230

·         Sunday: Tour 1100-1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-development-of-north-laine-as-brightons-industrial-and-commercial-suburb-tickets-35035554286  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

Toilets available in Museum prior to departure.

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet outside the Brighton Museum entrance off Church St

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The Fascinating Mr Ranger and Early British Concrete Heritage

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

William Ranger was born in Ringmer, Sussex, at the end of the 18th century but spent many of his formative years in Brighton; where he worked with a young Charles Barry, then just embarking on his long architectural career. During this period, Ranger and Barry developed key local sites such as St Peter's Church and the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Working sometimes jointly with Barry and at other times alone, Ranger also undertook many other local projects including repairs to the property of Mrs Dulany, the extension of the Royal Pavilion, the building of Admiral Codrington's home, the creation of sunken gardens for Kemptown residents and the formation of the Brighton Sea Walls. In almost all of these sites he deployed 'Ranger's Artificial Stone', a product for which he subsequently acquired patents in 1832 and 1834. Join us for a 60 minute introduction to the fascinating, but hitherto little known, Mr Ranger and his intriguing Artificial Stone.

Opening Times

·         Friday: 1530-1630

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-fascinating-mr-ranger-and-early-british-concrete-heritage-tickets-35169064619 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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The Grand Cemetery Tour

Meet in the Woodvale Crematorium car park on Bear Road, Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 3QB

A walk through the Victorian necropolis, noting the many monuments and mausoleums, pillars, columns, obelisks, angels, urns, sarcophagi and vaults. I’ll explain to you the meanings of the sculpted symbolism depicting art and nature which reflects the social history of past eras, from Victorian gothic to Art Nouveau, Twenties and on and I’ll tell you about those fascinating and famous people! Then, finally...a look inside the Victorian Gothic chapel - with its wonderful stained glass windows. plus a few surprises!

Tour lasts approximately 1hr 30m-2 hours, keeping mostly to the tarmac paths. It is fairly steep. There is one public toilet near beginning of tour by the North and South Chapels.

Tour guide Sarah Tobias is lecturer in social, cultural and local history.

 

Opening Times

·         Sunday: 1100-1300

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-grand-cemetery-tour-tickets-35174544008  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

Tour lasts approximately 1hr 30m-2 hours, keeping mostly to the tarmac paths. It is fairly steep. There is one public toilet near beginning of tour by the North and South Chapels.

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet 11am Woodvale Extra-Mural Cemetery, Bear Road Entrance (not Lewes Road), car park (free) - situated on right after you turn in large black gates. Buses stop fairly near at top of Elm Grove by Brighton General, then walk along Tenantry Down Road and left into Bear Road.

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The Level - The People’s Park?

MaClaren Pavilion, The Level, Ditchling Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4ZN

Join Elspeth Broady and friends from The Level Communities Forum for this guided walk around The Level and some of the surrounding area. We’ll look at how The Level has always been a focus for popular celebration and recreation. We will link this to the historical and social development of the surrounding areas: Hanover to the east, Roundhill to the north and the London Rd and New England Quarter to the west. 

As these areas developed in the mid-19th century, triggered by the advent of the railway, The Level found itself at the centre of changing social communities. This has continued into the present day.

Our walk will start and finish at the elegant MaClarenPavillion, where extracts from a recent oral history project on The Level are displayed, and photograph collections showing historical developments can be viewed.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: Tour 1500-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
 Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-level-the-peoples-park-tickets-35726594205  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 25 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

The MaClaren Pavillion is the crescent-shaped building just south of the cafe on the west (London Rd side) of the park

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The Level’s Velo Cafe - Building in a Landscape

Meet on south side of former Velo Cafe, The Level (next to the play area looking towards St Peter's Church), The Level, Union Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 9SY

Sasha Bhavan, Senior Architect at Knox Bhavan Architects,discusses the design and construction of the award-winning building The Velo Café.
The building sits at the heart of the Heritage Lottery Funded overall landscape restoration of the The Level, Brighton and is the 2015 winner of the prestigious Civic Trust Award and also the 2016 Sussex Heritage Trust Public & Community Award. 
This light, open building was designed to offer seamless transition between inside and out. It is a Brighton & Hove Council flagship public building and champions sustainable design

Opening Times

Saturday: Tour 1000-1100

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-levels-velo-cafe-building-in-a-landscape-tickets-35780727118Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 25 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is partnering with Brighton & Hove Open Door (Heritage Open Days) to tell the architectural story of buildings.

Events which are badged as Love Architecture may offer talks, tours, special activities or provide architectural information. Look out for the Love Architecture logo – and you can search for Love Architecture events on the Heritage Open Days website.

 

Directions

Meet on south side of former Velo Cafe, The Level (next to the play area looking towards St Peter's Church) - where the cafe put out their tables

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The Preston Manor Dog Cemetery and Edwardian Walled Garden

Preston Manor, Preston Park, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4AT

Fido’s Necropolis: Brighton’s only pet cemetery

At least 16 dogs and 3 cats are laid to rest in the Edwardian walled flower garden at Preston Manor. Hear secrets and stories behind the inscriptions on the tombstones and see associated documents and photographs from the house archive.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: Tour 1130-1230

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. Preston Manor entry optional (entry fees apply). For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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The Regency Town House Tour

13 Brunswick Square, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Join us for a 90-minute tour around one of the city's finest 1820s terraced town houses, currently being restored as a heritage centre for Brighton & Hove.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: Tour 0930

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-regency-town-house-tour-tickets-35169081670

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session.

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The Feibusch Nativity Mural At St Wilfrid’s

St. Wilfrids Flats, Whippingham Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 3PZ

The stunning mural painted by Hans Feibusch in 1939 has been unseen for thirty seven years. This is a unique opportunity to view.

The mural adorns three walls in what was the Lady Chapel of the former Anglican church of St Wilfrid’s which is now sheltered housing. The building is Grade II listed and replaced the original temporary tin church of 1901. The architect of the current building was Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel who designed it in Eclectic style. John Betjeman called it "about the best 1930s church there is".

Hans Feibusch (1898-1998) was a German Jewish artist and sculptor. He painted several church murals in Britain in appreciation of the warm reception he received in this country after he fled Nazi Germany where his paintings were destroyed. He worked as a muralist and sculptor in thirty English Anglican churches including Ely Cathedral.

Guide Sarah Tobias is lecturer in social, cultural and local history.

Opening Times

·         Thursday 7 September: 1100-1300

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

Please note that this is no longer a public building and respect the privacy of the residents.

Directions

St Wilfred’s is situated on the corner of Whippingham Road and Elm Grove. Entrance is in Whippingham Road. There is very limited street parking. Bus nos 21, 21a, 22, 23 stop outside.

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The Rise of a Seaside Town - an architectural history of Brighton

Regency Town House , 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

The Rise of a Seaside Town - an architectural history of Brighton
Man has occupied the Brighton area since Neolithic times. This illustrated talk looks at the architecture of the town during its growth from a medieval fishing village to a seawater spa, a royal retreat, a railway town, and a popular coastal resort - the centuries which gave Brighton its distinctive character.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1700-1800

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-rise-of-a-seaside-town-an-architectural-history-of-brighton-tickets-35173979319 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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The Secret Garden in Kemp Town

The Secret Garden, Corner of Bristol Gardens/ Bristol Place, Bristol Place, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 5JE

Gavin Henderson, Chair, and the Trustees of the Secret Garden announce special openings as part of Heritage Open Door. They do hope that you will join them on one of these days.
The Trustees will be on hand to talk to visitors about future plans and exhibitions. The garden has been planned to look at its very best and there will be explanatory handouts on the plants and plantings. Visitors are invited to relax in the garden and artists are welcome to draw or paint.

Siobhan from TABLE will be selling luxury teas, with handcrafted cakes and other refreshments, as well as autumnal produce including speciality organic jams and preserves. 

Opening Times

Friday: 1200-1700

Saturday: 1000-1700

Sunday: 1000-1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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The Secret Garden, Hove

Behind St Leonard's Church, New Church Road, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 4PF

Come and discover the Secret Garden which lies in the area of ground behind St Leonard's Church in Hove. It was formally a garden and allotment area at least 10 years ago, which had been neglected and grown wild.
The garden is now abundant with raised beds growing a variety of vegetables, herbs and plants, a scented area, a wild area with a pond, shed, greenhouse and 4 bee hives.
They have an expanding band of volunteers who work to make the garden beautiful as well as productive. Access to the area is through the church grounds and they are open to all members of the community.

Opening Times

Saturday: 1100-1400

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Disabled access is limited at the moment, but there are plans to make the main path and adjoining beds suitable for wheelchair users. The garden encourages children accompanied by their parents to work or play alongside us to educate and enhance their knowledge of growing things and wildlife.

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The West Pier - Celebrating the Past and Planning the Future

West Pier Centre, 103-105 Kings Road Arches, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 2FN

East of BAi360 is a new promenade space which celebrates the West Pier and its history. Opening this summer, the site features a ‘Golden Spiral’ made up of salvaged West Pier columns. Once restored, an original 1866 octagonal West Pier kiosk will also become a key feature of the scheme.

The West Pier Trust is committed through education and conservation to preserving and celebrating the history of the West Pier.

The new West Pier Centre is located in a renovated arch near the Golden Spiral. It marks the return of the West Pier Trust to the seafront and will function as office, information point and education and events space. Visit us in our new home and learn about our projects and plans.

Opening Times

·         Friday: 1100-1500

·         Saturday: 1100-1500

·         Sunday: 1100-1500

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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The  Lewes Road Cemeteries: Memorials of the Great War 1914-18

Meet: Inside the City Cemetery Gate on Bear Road, City Cemetery, Bear Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 4DA

Join Maire McQueeney for a 60 minute guided stroll exploring the monuments of the Commonwealth Wargraves Commission, St. Dunstan's plot, graves of German PoWs who died in local military hospitals and the final resting place of Mary Lawrenson, founder of the Women’s Cooperative Guild. 

 

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Tour 1100-1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-lewes-road-cemeteries-memorials-of-the-great-war-1914-18-tickets-35750903916  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

There is free parking in the cemetery, alternatively buses 37 (Bevendean Road) and 2, 22 (top of Bear Road) stop nearby.

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The  Lewes Road Cemeteries: Paths of Glory

Meet Extra-Mural Cemetery Entrance Gates on Lewes Road, Lewes Road Vogue Gyratory System, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 3QB

**EVENT CANCELLED - SORRY**

Join Maire McQueeney for a 2 hour twilight stroll in Brighton Extra-Mural Cemetery and Woodvale to visit the 11 lodges, chapels, mausoleum, and grand 19th & 20th Century personal and family monuments designated Grade II listed by English Heritage including The Church of The Holy Cross, the mortuary chapel designed by Amon Henry Wilds.

Meet: Outside Extra-Mural Cemetery Gates on Lewes Road at Vogue Gyratory (free parking in cemetery drive) Lewes Road Buses. 

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 1730-1930

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-lewes-road-cemeteries-paths-of-glory-tickets-35750883856Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

It is likely that one monument on the walking tour will not be navigable by wheelchair and must be viewed at distance. Otherwise full disabled access.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

There is some free parking in the cemetery drive. Alternatively use any of the Lewes Road Buses, stop at Vogue Gyratory by Sainsburys. 

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Theatre Royal Brighton Tour

New Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1SD

Step into the Theatre and be engulfed by the glamorous world of West End productions and stars of the stage. Creep behind the scenes of this theatrical treasure, steal a bow onstage like countless stars before you, sneak into the Queen’s seat in the Royal Box, tip toe into the infamous ‘gulp bar’ used by Laurence Olivier and explore the unusual backstage area constructed from fishermen’s cottages.

This beautiful Grade II listed theatre holds over 200 years of secrets and intriguing tales, so join us for a fascinating insight into its history, redevelopment and present day workings.

Meet in the Box Office entrance on New Road.

Opening Times

·         Friday: Tour 1030

·         Saturday: Tour 1030

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/theatre-royal-brighton-tour-tickets-35172516945  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

We recommend wearing sensible shoes as there will be stairs involved and tight spaces.

Additional information

Max 25 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Thomas Kemp’s Seaside Estate

Meet outside 14 Arundel Terrace, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1FG

A look at the history, architecture and notable residents of the Kemp Town Estate since 1826 exploring Thomas Kemp's grand design.

The tour will conclude with a visit to the enclosures and a walk through the tunnel onto the seafront.

Opening Times

·         Saturday: Walk 1400-1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thomas-kemps-seaside-estate-tickets-35136032820  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

We will meet on Sat 9 Sept outside 14 Arundel Terrace at 2.00 pm.

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Spence buildings at the University of Sussex – a tour by R H Partnership Architects

University of Sussex, Attenborough Centre For the Creative Arts, Gardner Centre Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 9RA

RHP will be guiding a tour of three of the major works on the University of Sussex campus to give examples of how they have been given new leases of life.   Join RHP as they take you around some of Spence’s more unusual buildings with a common thread being their use of cylindrical spaces.

Tour to take place on Thursday 7/9/17 with a start time of 9.30am at ACCA  for approx. 1 hr, followed by a tour of the Meeting House from 10.45-11.15 and finishing up taking a look around Chichester I from 11.30-12.15pm.

Opening Times

·         Thursday: 0930-1215

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spence-buildings-at-the-university-of-sussex-a-tour-by-r-h-partnership-architects-tickets-36602864152  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 5 September 2017 16:00

Directions

Train The nearest station is Falmer (approx 5 minutes’ walk from there to the Attenborough Centre). The train takes nine minutes from Brighton and seven minutes from Lewes. Trains run very regularly during the day (about every 15 minutes). The last train leaves Falmer at 23:45 for Lewes and 00:25 for Brighton. See National Rail for further information. From the train station follow signs to University of Sussex – walk under the underpass and follow the footpath until you reach a zebra crossing. Turn left here until you reach Gardner Centre Road on your right. Turn right up Gardner Centre Road to find the main entrance of the building. The Attenborough Centre is the building with round red brick towers. Bus The number 25 and 25X bus brings you from central Brighton all the way to University of Sussex campus. Alight at the “Sports Centre” bus stop and you will see the Attenborough Centre

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is partnering with Brighton & Hove Open Door (Heritage Open Days) to tell the architectural story of buildings.

Events which are badged as Love Architecture may offer talks, tours, special activities or provide architectural information. Look out for the Love Architecture logo – and you can search for Love Architecture events on the Heritage Open Days website.

 

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Tour of One and Three Saltdean Drive

1 Saltdean Drive, Saltdean, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 8SB

How do you design a new, sustainable building that’s right
next to an iconic building? Should the new building disappear
into the background? Should its architecture mimic the icon,
or complement it? When the heritage building is Saltdean
Lido, how can you avoid pastiche?

Come and visit One Saltdean Drive, four residences with
spectacular views recently completed by Kim Strasman
Associates and find out for yourself. Designing a new building
so close to the distinctive, loved Lido posed many challenges,
as Kim will explain. Your visit will set you thinking about the
definition of ‘heritage’ in a whole new way.

Opening Times

·         Friday: 1400-1530

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-and-three-saltdean-drive-tickets-35168785785  Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is partnering with Brighton & Hove Open Door (Heritage Open Days) to tell the architectural story of buildings.

Events which are badged as Love Architecture may offer talks, tours, special activities or provide architectural information. Look out for the Love Architecture logo – and you can search for Love Architecture events on the Heritage Open Days website.

 

Directions

Seafront in the centre of Saltdean, immediately west of the Lido On street parking in the area

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Two Sides to Every Valley

Meet at Brighton Museum Entrance, Pavilion Gardens, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3XE

Two sides to every valley - a walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead. An exploration of the Valley Gardens area of central Brighton.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: 1000-1200

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

This walk will involve some steep Brighton hills and some tiny alleys but will reveal some hidden gems.

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Brighton Museum entrance, Royal Pavilion Gardens NCP car parks short walk, buses to Old Steine/North St stops

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West Blatchington Windmill

97 Holmes Avenue , Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 7LE

Unusual six sided smock mill c.1820, built on a square flint and brick tower. It was sketched by John Constable in 1825. Restored as a fascinating museum of milling and agricultural history with five floors to explore and many unique features to be seen.

Refreshments available to purchase in the north barn.

Opening Times

·         Sunday: 1400-1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

Refreshments will be available at very reasonable prices in the north barn. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

From jct of A27/A2038 take A2038 for 3/4 m, L at lights. Road side parking adjacent to the mill.

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What the lady’s maid saw

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

For the sort of women who employed servants to get them dressed every day, it wasn’t the butler but their ladies’ maids who saw them naked. So did this intimacy often – or ever – lead to sexual desire, or even love? And if it did, who was desiring whom?
This talk will look at some women in the 19th and early 20th centuries whose cross-class relationships might today be called lesbian. What sort of intimacy was possible for them in a world where relationships between domestic servants and their employers really wasn’t like that of Downton Abbey?
We use some reported fact, some original research, and a whole lot of speculation, to consider a few of these relationships.

Adults only.

Talk by Sue George

Opening Times

Sunday: 1400-1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-the-ladys-maid-saw-tickets-35813987601 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Access Information

Adults only

Additional information

Max 30 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Arranged in partnership with Brighton Ourstory (Registered charity number 1106242)

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Whitehawk Camp - Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure or Stone Age Circle?

Meet: Corner of Manor Hill and Queensway, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Fed up with Regency architecture? Come along and explore the first visible enclosing of a large communal space in our region. Situated in a commanding position above East Brighton, close to the Race Course, lays one of Britain's earliest Stone Age monuments. The hill top here was chosen some 5,650 years ago as the site for a large ceremonial enclosure, an area for undertaking feasting, burials and communing. Dating to c. 3,650 B.C. the monument represents one of the earliest ritual circles in northern Europe and predates later Neolithic enclosures like Stonehenge and Avebury by around 500 years. A c. 60 minute guided tour of this unique part of Brighton & Hove's heritage will be given by Jon Sygrave from UCL's Institute of Archaeology. The tour will provide an introduction to the early British Neolithic in Sussex and the layout and significance of the Whitehawk enclosure.

Opening Times

Thursday: Tour 1800

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet: Corner of Manor Hill and Queensway (the roundabout at this point also connecting with Firle Road and Freshfield Road), Brighton at 17:55

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Whitehawk Hill Nature Reserve

Meet at Wyevale Garden Centre, situated on Warren Road (top of Elm Grove), Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 9XX

Join BHCC park ranger Paul for an exciting wander around the hidden gem that is Whitehawk Hill Nature Reserve. Discover the ancient Stone Age camp on top of the hill, which is much older than Stonehenge. Enjoy one of the city’s richest wildlife sites, wading through wildflowers and butterflies. Walk around the newly established and hugely successful Race Hill Community Orchard. See our conservation grazing flock in action on the main hill or the Tenantry Down triangle.

Opening Times

•          Saturday 9 September: 1400-1600

No booking required

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

Directions

Meet outside the entrance of the Wyevale Garden Centre, situated on Warren Road (top of Elm Grove)

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Shoreham Lifeboat Station Tour

Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Lifeboat House, Brighton Road, Brighton & Hove, West Sussex, BN43 6RN

Shoreham RNLI Lifeboat Station celebrates over 150 years of saving lives at sea.

The present Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat station was completed in 2010 following the demolition of the old Lifeboat Station which had stood on the same site since 1933. The new Lifeboat Station consists of a large boat hall, crew training room / class room, proper drying facilities for wet crew kit, changing facilities and a viewing platform, all of which will be open to the public during the Brighton Heritage Open days (subject to emergency operational requirements).

The Lifeboat Station on Kingston Beach, houses our state of the art Tamar all weather lifeboat. At almost £3m the Tamar class is a huge investment for the RNLI but brings huge advantages to our lifesaving work.

Whilst visiting Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station you will be shown around by one of the station’s knowledgeable volunteer visit guides who will not only show you both of Shoreham Harbours Lifeboats (sorry no access on boats) but will also show you where the lifeboat crews’ kit is kept. You will get the opportunity to see the crew kit worn by all members of the Crew and maybe even try it on!

Opening Times

Thursday: Tour 1100-1230

Friday: Tour 1100-1230

Saturday: Tour 1100-1230

Sunday: Tour 1400-1530

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shoreham-lifeboat-station-tour-tickets-35038244332 Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD17

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Guided Walking Tour of Hove Old Cemetery

Brighton & Hove City Council, Hove Cemetery, Old Shoreham Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 7EF

 

Mobster, Mutiny and Military Mettle - Walking tour of Hove's Old Cemetery.

We visit perhaps the most mendacious grave in the cemetery, that of a notorious London mobster who relocated to Brighton and Hove in the inter-war years.

During our walk, we explore both the Indian Mutiny and the Crimean War and we hear about a local man's involvement in the Charge of the Light Brigade!

An absorbing and fascinating place to visit; the cemetery reflects the Victorian death culture and the social importance of significant family memorials and is the last resting place of some prominent Hove residents.

Opening Times

·         Saturday 9 September: Tours 1030-1200 & 1400-1530

Pre-booking: Required

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guided-walking-tour-of-hove-old-cemetery-...

Access

We will be walking throughout the cemetery, including off the made up paths. In some areas therefore it will be uneven underfoot and care should be taken when walking.

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session.

Directions

We will meet by the chapel, cemetery south. (BN3 7EF). There is parking.

Organised by

Sussex Tours

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Great Grandmother and the Brighton Workhouse

13 Brunswick Square, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

 

It is said that the Brighton Workhouse, now Brighton General Hospital, that sits at the top of Elm Grove, was purpose built in order to loom over the city as a forever present threat to the poor.

The film is an exploration of the filmmaker's family’s long history of living in Brighton, with a focus on her Great Grandmother Alice’s time spent in the Brighton Workhouse in the 1930’s, which subsequently led to her being admitted as a patient at Haywards Heath asylum (now St Francis Hospital) where she stayed for over 20 years.  The short film is centred around the memories of the filmmaker's mother Rebecca and Grandmother Eve.  It tries to piece together the story of Alice’s life, whilst also reflecting upon the harsh history of institutions like the Brighton Workhouse.

The filmmaker was brought up in Brighton and,with her family having a longstanding history of living in the city, she was drawn to the idea of making a film exploring her family’s history.  When she found out that her Great Grandmother, Alice, had been an inmate in the Brighton Workhouse she knew that there was a story to tell

Opening Times

Sunday 10 September 12:15-12:45

 

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New Venture Theatre

Address: Bedford Place,  Brighton, BN1 2PT

 

The New Venture Theatre ( affectionately known as the ‘NVT’)  is an amateur theatre which specializes in presenting high quality theatre productions with a particular focus on new dramatic writing. The NVT was founded in 1947 as the Brighton and Hove Repertory Company and, for many years, led a nomadic existence until it took a lease on the first floor of Christchurch Schoolrooms in Bedford Place in 1956. As a result of numerous refurbishments over seven decades, the building now houses a 100 seater proscenium arch theatre upstairs, and a 60 seat Studio space and bar area downstairs. NVT has approximately 250 volunteer members who work all year round to produce one production a month, provide regular acting classes, and nurture our flourishing youth theatre.

Over the weekend, NVT will be offering tours of the building, fun activities exploring all aspects of life at NVT, and the chance to delve into 70 years of our theatrical history.

 

Opening Times

Saturday 9th September 10.30am – 3.30pm

Sunday  10th September: 10.30am – 3.30pm

Tours at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2.30pm on both days

 

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required for tours only Go to:http://www.newventure.org.uk/

Booking opens:  Noon 14th September 2017

Booking closes:  Noon 7th September 2017

 

Access

Unfortunately our Upstairs theatre, and therefore our tours, are not wheelchair accessible.

However, the downstairs Studio space, bar area and archive displays are wheelchair accessible.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour

Organised by New Venture Theatre

 

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The Sweet Sound of Love

13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Explore grotesque and truly frivolous Brighton spirit at a theatrical dinner experience at the Regency Town House. Contemporary artist Anya Mokhova and chef Paul Couchman prepare a short and sweet menu for those craving an extravagant mix of 18th and 21st centuries cultures and tastes, curated by Kitty Brandon-James. Experience includes visiting the Depths of Reflections exhibition beforehand. Not suitable for those with lactose intolerance. Not suitable for children

Meet outside The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, Brighton&Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Opening Times

•           Saturday 9 September: 1500-1600, 1600-1700

•           Sunday 10 September: 1500-1600, 1600-1700

Pre-booking: Required

Go to:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-sweet-sound-of-love-tickets-36650811564

Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Max 12 people per tour/session.

 

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The Depths of Reflection

Basement of 10 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EG

Experience an exhibition at the servants’ quarters in the Regency Town House annex, by contemporary artist Anya Mokhova, curated by Kitty Brandon-James.Vision and touch, reality and fantasies will merge in a narrative, inviting the visitors for a sensual and a little ambiguous journey. Emerging from classical sculptural traditions, works suggest interaction in uncanny ways.

Booking of the Sweet Sound of Love experience on Saturday and Sunday includes exhibition visit. Not suitable for children.

Opening times

Friday: 1800-2000

Saturday: 1200-1500

Sunday: 1200-1500

Opening Times

•           Friday 8 September: 1800-2000

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required

Go to:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-depths-of-reflection-tickets-36650952987

 

Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Additional information

Max 12 people per tour/session. The steps down to the basement of No. 10 are narrow and steep so visitors should take care.

 

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Holy Trinity Church & Fabrica celebrate The Holy Trinity’s 200th anniversary

Fabrica at Holy Trinity Church, 40 Duke Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1AG

Holy Trinity Church & Fabrica Heritage Open Day: Fabrica are celebrating The Holy Trinity's 200th anniversary

12-2pm: Drop-in to see the former Holy Trinity Church, which now operates as a contemporary art gallery but still contains many original features from the 200 year old church. Have a chat with one of our lovely volunteers, find out more about the history of the building, including some of it's colourful background as both a place of worship and artistic excellence. We'll also be celebrating our project The Boys on the Plaque, which has researched 94 men who fought in WWI, and the project's newly released publication.

Drop in for some tea and cake and find out more about your local history.

2-3pm:

Dr Geoffrey Mead presents: Holy Trinity to Fabrica: a building in its community, Continuity & Change.

This illustrated talk looks at the places and people that surround Fabrica, both historically and contemporary, with an emphasis on the 'Boys on the Plaque' era of WWI.

All free to drop-in or book your place here: https://hodfabrica.eventbrite.com

Disabled ramp access and disabled loos

Opening Times

Thursday 7 September: 1200-1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Preferred

Go to: https://hodfabrica.eventbrite.com

Access

Disabled ramp access and disabled loos

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Toupie Lowther – her Life

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Well known in her lifetime, 1874 – 1944, Toupie Lowther was a successful woman fencer, tennis player, and talented composer. She was the founder of an all women Ambulance Unit that served with the French army, at the front, during the German advance of 1918. A talented musician she was also a lover of motorbikes and fast cars.

As an older woman she lived in West Sussex, while her sister resided in Montpelier Crescent, Brighton and her brother, Lt Colonel Claude Lowther, occupied Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex.

For some time, she was a friend of Radclyffe Hall, author of The Well of Loneliness, and her partner Una Troubridge.

Opening Times

•          Sunday 10 September: 1300-1400

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required

Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/toupie-lowther-her-life-tickets-35590565339

Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00

Booking closes: 6 September 2017 16:00

Max 20 people per tour/session.

 

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Brighton Toy and Model Museum Tours

Brighton Toy & Model Museum, 52-55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4EB

Looking to revisit your childhood? Or in turn want to see what your parents/grandparents or even great grandparents used to play with? …

 

… Then you will enjoy a visit to Brighton Toy and Model Museum, home to one of the finest collections of toys and models in the world. Situated under Brighton station, you will find a treasure cove of over 10,000 exhibits on display, including collections of toys from over the last 100 years, period antique toys, examples from the world’s top toy makers plus priceless model train collection. The museum is one of Brighton’s most fascinating attractions and an Aladdin’s cave for the whole family to enjoy!

 

The arches where the museum is sited have a fascinating historical background having been used for the stabling of railway horses and the storage of their fodder. So make sure you book your place for our special guided tours looking at the history of the building and its unique collection of toys.

 

Brighton Toy and Model Museum Tours 5.30-9.00pm. Guided tours will be running every half an hour from 5.45pm – please book a place by ringing 01273 749494, or pop into the museum.

Opening Times

•           Saturday 9 September: 1730-2100

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required

Call: 01273 749494

Write to: 52-55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton

Booking opens: 14 August 2017 12:00

Booking closes: 8 September 2017 16:00

 

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Ashcombe Toll House

Ashcombe, Lewes, Lewes, East Sussex

This Toll House is the sole survivor of a pair that marked the beginning of the Brighton turnpike. It is on the south side of the A27 and was originally conceived as a store and shelter, the partner-building having accommodation for the turnpike keeper and his family, it was built circa 1820. The road was de-turnpiked in about 1870 and the larger Toll House sited on the north side of the road demolished in about 1863. The history of the Toll House is of interested to young and old alike, as it yields an insight to travel in a bygone age.

 

Opening Times

Saturday 9 September: 1000-1700

Sunday 10 September: 1000-1700

 

Access

Wheelchair access is not possible due to the nature of the building.

 

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