Brighton & Hove Open Door 2018/Heritage Open Days

Booking for events opens on Monday 13th August, 2018 at 12.00 midday.

6-9 and 13-16 September, 2018 

Browse through the events on offer - see below.

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN

Open Door - No booking Required
NEW: Shoreham's Suffragette Princess
NEW: VOTE 100 - Exhibition
NEW: Women's History Group - Brighton&Hove's Rich Suffrage History

Booking Required
NEW: Suffragetting around Brighton
Remembrance of the Great War 1914-18

SHOREHAM AND STEYNING

Open Door - No booking Required
NEW: St Julian’s Church, Shoreham
NEW: St Nicolas’ Church, Shoreham
NEW: Shoreham Fort

Booking Required
NEW: Steyning, Saxons and their Saint

HERE IN THE PAST

Open Door - no booking required
Discover the Here in the Past project
NEW: Here in the Past - Stone Street
NEW: Here in the Past - Clarence Square
NEW: Here in the Past - Cross Street
NEW: Here in the Past - Powis Square
 

WALKS, TALKS AND TOURS

Open Door - no booking required

Architecture & Materials - from Bungarooch to Iron and Beyond -  Robert Street
The Aubrey Beardsley Tour
Beanfields to Bohemia Walk - North Laine
Brighton’s Hidden Gem - West Hill
Clifton Hill and Montpelier
Down on the Border: Norfolk Square
The Feibusch Nativity Mural At St Wilfrid’s
Here in the Past - Retail Trail
London Road Tour
More than Shopping: Brighton’s Western Road
Pelham Square - A New Look at an Old Square!
NEW: Period Architecture Trail
NEW: Preston Manor's Lost Buildings
Regency Square - The Pleasure of Leisure
NEW: St James Street Tour
St Nicholas Circular Walk
Two Sides to Every Valley
NEW: The Waste House Open Door
 

Booking Required
NEW: The Balcombe Tunnel Murder of 1881
BBC Studio Tours
The Brunswick Town Walk
Brighton Toy and Model Museum Tours
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
The Development of North Laine as Brighton’s Industrial and Commercial Suburb
NEW: Madeira Terraces Tour
Not Just the Trunk Murders!  An illustrated Walk in Kemp Street
Sex and Shopping! A Guided Walk of Gardner Street
Secrets of the Sash
Slaughter in Trafalgar Street - and more…
Take Shelter! @ Downs Junior School
Thomas Kemp’s Seaside Estate 
NEW: Warleigh Road & Environs
NEW: The Waste House Tour

RELIGIOUS SPACES

Open Door - no booking required
All Saints' Church Guided Tour, Photo Exhibtion and Vaughan Williams performances
All Saints’ Church, Patcham
Brighton Quakers Meeting House
NEW: Church of the Annunciation
Edwardian Stencilling at St Peter’s Church, Preston Park
Graveyard Tour at St Helen’s Church, Hangleton
St Bartholomew’s Church
St Helen’s Church Open Days
St Leonard’s Church, Aldrington
St Martin’s Church, Lewes Road
St Nicholas' Church, Brighton
St Paul’s Church - Open Door

Booking Required
NEW: Jewish Burial Ground, Florence Place
St Andrew’s Chapel, Hove

FASHIONABLE HOUSES

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

Booking Required
37 Kensington Place Tour
Clayton Tunnel North Portal
Embassy Court, Icon of 20th Century Modernism
NEW: Marlborough House History and Future
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
Bardsley’s of Baker Street, Max Miller Room
Foredown Tower Camera Obscura Demonstration
NEW: Rottingdean Windmill
The West Pier - Celebrating the Past and Planning the Future
West Blatchington Windmill

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
Preston Park History Tour
The Preston Manor Dog Cemetery and Edwardian Walled Garden
Saddlescombe Farm Tour
The Secret Garden in Kemp Town
The Secret Garden, Hove
 

Booking Required
NEW: From the Street trees of Viaduct Rise...
The Grand Cemetery Tour
The Lewes Road Cemeteries: Paths of Glory
Railway and Greenway – A Guided Walk from Brighton to London Road Station
NEW: Remembrance of the Great War 1914-18
 

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

Duke of York’s Cinema
NEW: Brighton's Palace Pier Heritage Tour
Post-war Brighton & Hove in Film
Theatre Royal Brighton Tour
 

ARCHAEOLOGY

Booking Required
NEW: Rocky Clump Stanmer Excavation Site

ARCHITECTURE

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

Booking Required
The Fascinating Mr Ranger and Early British Concrete Heritage
George Jackson and Sons - Architectural Ornamentalists
NEW: Lath Plastering Demonstration
Maintaining Your Historic Brighton & Hove Home
Plaster Ornament in Period Houses 
Sussex Masonic Centre
 

GOVERNMENT AND CIVIC

Booking Required
Brighton Old Police Cells
Shoreham Lifeboat Station Tour

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The Regency Town House Tour

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

Join us for a tour around one of the city's finest 1820s terraced town houses, currently being restored.

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  6 September: Tour 0930
  • Saturday 15 September: Tour 1030

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-regency-town-house-tour-tickets-45678241851

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  5 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 90 minutes 

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33 Palmeira Mansions (The English Language Centre)

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

See the restoration which has taken place in this impressive Victorian house.

A great opportunity to see the ground and first floor of this impressive Victorian house 33 Palmeira Mansions, to look at the restoration which has taken place in this Grade II* listed building. Inside it 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'. 

This years Heritage Open Day there will be some photographs of remarkable furniture from the house and a few examples of electric light fittings. 

Those attending can find out about more extensive tours of the premises that take place throughout the year and the possibility of private tours for societies.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 8 September: 1100 - 1600

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

Those attending can find out about more extensive tours of the premises that take place throughout the year and the possibility of private tours for societies.

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37 Kensington Place Tour

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

Admirers of the Sir John Soane Museum will enjoy this property

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

  • Friday     7 September: Tours 1100 - 1200 & 1400 - 1500
  • Saturday 8 September: Tours 1100 - 1200 & 1400 - 1500 & 1530 - 1630

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required

Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/37-kensington-place-tour-tickets-46837225402

 Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
 Booking closes:  3 September 2018 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. 60 minutes for updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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All Saints’ Church Guided Tour, Photo Exhibition and Vaughan Williams performances

All Saints Church, Junction The Drive and Eaton Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3QE

Home to the marriage of British composer, Vaughan Williams, All Saints stands as one of the finest churches of the 19th century Gothic Revival and the creation of two remarkable men: Thomas Peacey and John Loughborough Pearson

All Saints 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 8 September 10am-12pm: 
10am:Opening with a Vaughan Williams organ piece played by All Saints Church Director of Music, Jon Rawles, followed by a welcome from Fr Ryan Green and a guided tour. A photography exhibition from local artist and parishioner Sarah Sutherland-Rowe will be on display, portraying the life of the church and the Brighton and Hove community, alongside an ornate collection of church treasures. The session will finish with tea and homemade cakes.

Sunday 9 September 11.30am to 1.30pm:
11.30am:Opening with a Vaughan Williams piece performed by All Saints Choir, followed by a welcome from Fr Ryan Green and a guided tour. A photography exhibition from local artist and parishioner Sarah Sutherland-Rowe will be on display, portraying the life of the church and the Brighton and Hove community, alongside an ornate collection of church treasures. The session will finish with tea and homemade cakes.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 8 September: 1000 - 1200
  • Sunday   9 September: 1130 - 1330

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Ramp available to access church.

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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 beautiful stained-glass windows, fascinating Doom Painting, medieval memorial and gravestones in beautiful Patcham Village

Entry to the church is free 

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 15 September: 1100 - 1700
  • Sunday   16 September: 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/BHOD18

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 9 September: 1300 - 1400

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

60 minutes For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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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 6 September: 1230 - 1500 & 1700 - 2030
  • Friday      7 September: 1230 - 1500 & 1700 - 2030
  • Saturday 8 September: 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/BHOD18

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BBC Studio Tours

BBC Studios, 40 - 42 Queens Road , Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3XB

Ever wondered how the BBC works?

A behind the scenes peek at the Beeb. The Queens Road studios are the home of BBC Sussex. Broadcasting across the county and into Surrey and north-east Hampshire the station is the BBC's largest outside of London. With around a quarter of a million listeners each week in the south of England and thousands more across the world via the web, the Queens Road studios are easily the smallest rooms in Brighton with the biggest audiences!

Opening Times

  • Friday 7 September: Tour 1300 and 1400

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bbc-studios-tour-tickets-46467561728

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  5 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 8 people per tour/session. 30 minutes

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Beanfields to Bohemia Walk - North Laine

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

A walk through the North Laine area noting its historic features and rapid urban change. Walk led by Dr Geoffrey Mead

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

  • Sunday 16 September: 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/BHOD18

Directions

Meet at Brighton Museum Entrance.

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Brighton College Tour

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

A tour of Brighton College with an introduction to the history of the school and the older buildings, and some detail about the new buildings and the various awards they’ve won!

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, opened in September 2017. Please note: The tour starts promptly and latecomers may not be able to join the tour.

Opening Times

  • Friday   7 September: 1115 - 1230
  • Friday 14 September: 1115 - 1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-college-tour-tickets-46469484479

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  3 September 2018 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. Tour takes 75 minutes For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

Directions

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

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Here in the Past - Stone Street

Stone Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 2HB

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 Stone 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

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 8 September: 1030 - 1130

Booking Details

No booking required

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Brighton Dome

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

The Grade I listed Brighton Dome has had many guises over its 200-year history.

Built by Prince Regent as a stable block, our venue has transformed from a Victorian skating rink, to a WW1 military hospital, and is now a leading performing arts venue.

Take a behind the scenes tour (and get a glimpse of our famed underground tunnel), learn about celebrated landscape designer Humphrey Repton’s unrealised vision of the Royal Pavilion Estate, plus live music in the Café-bar and heritage craft activities for our youngest visitors.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 15 September: 1000 - 1630

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required for tours only, free admission for talks and activities

Email: heritage@brightondome.org

Go to: http://www.brightondome.org

Booking opens: 13  August       2018 12:00
Booking closes: 14 September 2018 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/BHOD18 and www.brightondome.org

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Brighton Old Police Cells

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

Visit the old police cells

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   6 September: Tour 1030
  • Friday        7 September: Tour 1030
  • Saturday    8 September: Tour 1030
  • Thursday 13 September: Tour 1030
  • Friday      14 September: Tour 1030
  • Saturday  15 September: Tour 1030

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-old-police-cells-tickets-46692085284

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  4 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 12 people per tour/session. Tour lasts one hour 15 minutes. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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Brighton Quakers Meeting House

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

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.

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.

Quakers and others will be here to answer questions. There will be a DVD playing through the day with interviews.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 8 September: 1000 - 1630

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/BHOD18

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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.

Museum doors open at 5.30pm - tours are 5.45-6.30, 6.15-7.00 and 6.45-7.30. Places have to be booked in advance - 01273 749494 or pop in to the museum

Opening Times

  • Saturday 15 September: 1730 - 1930

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Call: 01273 749494
Booking opens: 13 August        2018 12:00
Booking closes: 14 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session.

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Brighton’s Palace Pier Heritage Tour

Meet at the entrance of Brighton Palace Pier, Madeira Drive, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1TW

A unique opportunity to tour the pier and learn about its heritage before it opens to the public!

Join Jackie Marsh-Hobbs on a Heritage tour of Brighton’s Palace Pier, looking back at the pier's history. The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier Company's intention was to build ‘a people’s palace above the sea’, with the first pile been driven into the seabed on the 7th of November 1891. Starting with the impressive construction of the pier, its Theatre and the 1910-11 addition of a Winter Garden, explore the Palace Pier’s place in British seaside architecture, pleasure pier history and its links to the Chain Pier.

The history of the Pier is a celebration of enjoyment with early amusements and rides, steam boat trips, bands, variety and lots of entertainment, all an important part of our social history as well as the pier’s architectural heritage.

Opening Times

  • Thursday  6 September: 0930 - 1045
  • Friday       7 September: 0930 - 1045
  • Friday     14 September: 0930  -1045
  • Saturday 15 September: 0930 - 1045

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-palace-pier-history-tour-tickets-46467158522
Booking opens: 13 August 2018 12:00
Booking closes: 13 September 2018 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/BHOD18

Directions

Meet at the entrance of Brighton Palace Pier

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Brighton’s Hidden Gem - West Hill

Meet at church doorway, St. Nicholas Church, Church Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3LJ

West Hill is a quiet suburban area which grew rapidly in the 19th century; we look at this hidden gem of the city landscape

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 16 September: 1300-1500

Booking Details

No booking required

Directions

Limited parking. Town centre car parks or buses to Churchill Square

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Building the Denman Legacy

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

See examples of John Leopold Denman's architectural drawings

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

  • Saturday 8 September: 1300-1600

Booking Details

No booking required

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Clayton Tunnel North Portal

Tunnel House, Clayton Hill, Clayton, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN6 9PQ

What lies behind the commanding battlements of the Clayton tunnel North Portal?

Every day hundreds of trains hurtle under this Gothic folly whose imposing castellated towers protect the old tunnel keeper's cottage. But for most people this secluded building remains a mystery. What are its historical origins? What lies behind the commanding battlements? And what’s it like having trains running right beneath your living room? This tour will answer all these questions and more. Visitors will be shown around the grounds and have the chance to go into the cottage, view some memorabilia and experience the trains. 

Please note that due to space limitations no one will be granted access unless they hold a confirmed booking.

We regret that we cannot admit anyone under the age of 18.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 8 September: Tour 1400 & 1600
  • Sunday   9 September: Tour 1400 & 1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/clayton-tunnel-north-portal-tickets-46837320687 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  3 September 2018 16:00

Access Information

Access to Clayton Tunnel grounds is via a gravel track and rutted earth paths and therefore regrettably not suitable for wheelchairs. We regret that we cannot admit anyone under the age of 18.

Additional information

Max 12 people per tour/session. Maximum 12 people per tour/session. Visitors should wear practical footwear and bring an umbrella should rain be likely since the grounds are exposed. Please note that, due to space limitations, no one will be granted access unless they hold a confirmed booking. Please take great care when crossing the 50mph main road alongside Tunnel House.

Directions

Next door to the Jack & Jill pub in Clayton (BN6 9PD), close to the intersection of the A273 and New Way Lane. Please assemble outside the large steel gates in New Way Lane opposite the garden of the Jack & Jill pub.

Please note that parking at the Jack & Jill pub is for PATRONS ONLY.

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Clifton Hill and Montpelier

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

Clifton Hill and Montpelier.A walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead.

Clifton & Montpelier are quiet Victorian suburban areas with fascinating social, historical and geographical aspects which we take in for our afternoon amble

Opening Times

  • Friday 14 September: 1600-1800

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

2 hours For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

Directions

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

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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 8 September: 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-46837351780 

 Booking opens: 13 August 2018 12:00
 Booking closes: 7 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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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 8 September: 1300-1400

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/commemorative-plaque-trail-2-the-floral-clock-circular-tickets-46837377858 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  7 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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Commemorative Plaque Trail 3 - The Old Town of Brighton

Start: Old Steine, northeast corner of 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 8 September: 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-46837399924 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  7 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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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 6 September: 1200 - 1645
  • Friday      7 September: 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/BHOD18

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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 7 September: 1000 - 1100

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovering-the-silhouette-machine-workshop-tickets-46837421990 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  6 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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Down on the Border: Norfolk Square

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

Norfolk Square with Dr Geoffrey Mead

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

  • Sunday 16 September: 1600-1800

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

2 hours for updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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   7 September: 1000 & 1045
  • Friday 14 September: 1000 & 1045

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/duke-of-yorks-cinema-tickets-46837444056 

Booking opens: 13 August        2018 12:00
Booking closes: 13 September 2018

Access Information

Full wheelchair access to ground floor only, not to upper level visited during tour. Access: Please note that the Duke of York's is a working cinema and the route of the tours may be subject to alteration.

Additional information

Max 10 people per tour/session. 40 minutes for updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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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

There will be a free, guided range of craft activities, linked to our conservation work of the Edwardian stencilling in the chancel, which will be carried out in June and July.

Prior to the activities, 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

  • Saturday 8 September: 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/BHOD18

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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',

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 rear of the building.  Most of the social and historical events are hosted by leaseholders.

There is also the opportunity to view a Mural, access to the Tank Rooms, also of important historical interest, a flat and the rear of the building.
 

Opening Times

  • Thursday 13 September: 1100 - 1230
  • Friday      14 September: 1100 - 1230
  • Sunday    16 September: 1100 - 1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/embassy-court-icon-of-20thcentury-modernism-tickets-46837458098

Booking opens: 13 August        2018 12:00
Booking closes: 10 September 2018 16:00

Access Information

Although there is lift access to the 10th floor, there are some steps leading to the roof terrace and Tank Rooms on the eleventh floor.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 90 minutes for updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

Directions

Corner of Western Street next to Brunswick Terrace East

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Foredown Tower Camera Obscura Demonstration

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

Foredown Tower's camera obscura is the largest in the south-east of England. It shows stunning views of the surrounding countryside, via an optical lens in the summit of this converted water tower. The light projects onto a convex dish in the viewing gallery. Our knowledgeable expert demonstrators will tell you all about the history of points of interest around this 360° journey. On a clear day you can see the Isle of Wight, and look out for flying gulls and cars zipping along the by-pass!

Foredown Tower is a hidden gem nestled on the edge of the of the South Downs, fascinating 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”. The Isolation Hospital it was built to serve has been demolished and replaced by a pleasant housing complex.

Take some time out to relax in our peaceful garden with a cup of tea or coffee and snacks. Cafe open 10.30am to 2pm.

Please note viewing is weather-dependent: a bright sunny day is ideal. If it's raining, forget it. An overcast day can still produce a good quality image.

 

Opening Times

 

  • Thursday 13 September: Demonstration 1100-1130, 1200-1230, 1300-1330
  • Saturday  15 September: 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/BHOD18

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From the street trees of Viaduct Rise to the elm avenues of The Level: a history of public planting

London Road Rail Station, Shaftesbury Place, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4QS

Have you ever looked up at our street trees and wondered when and why they were planted? A fundamental part of our Victorian streetscape, our street trees are now under pressure from disease, changing climate and the different ways we use our streets, but they are still much appreciated by residents. This walk starts at London Road Station, Shaftesbury Place, in the heart of ‘Viaduct Rise’ which was built as a middle-class suburb in the last quarter of the 19th century.

(A street party should be in full swing there - you’re most welcome to join in). We head through tree-lined streets to The Level with its famous avenue of elms and fascinating history as a fair-ground, a cricket pitch, a ‘pleasure garden’ and 1920s park, complete with mock-classical features.

We finish at the McClaren Pavilion, a recent renovation of the original 1920s structure, which now houses an exhibition based on oral histories of the park. Trees,  public planting and local history will be our themes – do come and join us!

Walk led by Elspeth Broady, Ditchling Rise and Area Residents’ Association and The Level Communities Forum

Opening Times

  • Sunday 9 September: 1500 - 1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Preferred
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-the-street-trees-of-viaduct-rise-to-the-elm-avenues-of-the-level-a-history-of-public-planting-tickets-46934301760 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  7 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 60 minutes

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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

  • Saturday 8 September: 1500 - 1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/george-jackson-and-sons-architectural-ornamentalists-tickets-46837489191 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  7 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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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 7 September: 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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Here in the Past - Clarence Square

Clarence Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 2ED

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 Clarence Square 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 in Clarence Square for 60 minutes between 15:00 and 16:00 on Friday 14 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

  • Friday 14 September: 1500 - 1600

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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Here in the Past - Cross Street

Cross Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1AJ

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 Cross Street area at the moment and this is a chance to get a taste of discoveries to date!

Look for the Here in the Past desk which will be on site for 60 minutes.

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 7 September: 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/BHOD18

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Here in the Past - Powis Square

Powis Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3HG

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 Powis Square area at the moment and this is a chance to get a taste of discoveries to date!

Look for our Here in the Past desk which will be on site for 60 minutes.

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 15 September: 1230 - 1330

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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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, BN1 4AD

Architectural features in a North Laine retail street

Members of the 'Here in the Past' 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 9 September: 1200 - 1500

Booking Details

No booking required

Directions

'Here in the Past' stall - Junction Gloucester Road and Sydney Street

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Jewish Burial Grounds, Florence Place

Jewish Burial Ground, Florence Place, Ditchling Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 6JA

A tour of the oldest Brighton Jewish Cemetery. This is rarely open to the public.

The Jewish cemetery at Florence Place is the oldest Jewish cemetery in Brighton and was set up in 1826 on land given to the community by Thomas Read Kemp, one of the major developers of modern Brighton. Additional costs were met by raising a meat tax on kosher meat sold in the town.

The unique Octagonal Ohel (Prayer House - NOT open to visitors) by Thomas Lainson replaced an earlier one by David Mocatta. Lainson also shows a layout for a caretakers cottage. It also is notable for its burials of famous Brighton Jewish residents. There are tombstones to the murdered Police Chief, Henry Solomon and to Levi Emanuel Cohen, Founder of the Brighton Guardian Newspaper (1827) and Sir John Howard.

There is an elaborate and beautiful Tombstone, to Martin Loewe who died of a brain hemorrhage in the sea at Brighton in 1859, aged 14 years. The tombstone has one of the most elaborate inscriptions of any Jewish tombstone in the country. It is an extended Hebrew poem relating how the youth was cut down in his prime, but affirming faith in the Almighty, and was penned by Dr. David Loewe (1809-88), who was secretary to Moses Montefiore, and a noted Orientalist. He was also principal of Jew's College and had his own school in Brighton, from which the young boy sallied forth on his fateful last morning. It turns out that Dr. Raphael Loewe, the contemporary distinguished Hebrew scholar, is a relative, as the boy was the brother of his grandfather.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 16 September: 1030 - 1100 and 1100 - 1130

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jewish-burial-ground-florence-place-tickets-46838173237 

Booking opens: 13 August        2018 12:00
Booking closes: 10 September 2018 16:00

Access Information

The ground is uneven.

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. 20 minutes

Directions

The cemetery is on a small side road, off Ditchling Road, opposite Downs Junior School, next to the Jolly Brewer pub.

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Lath Plastering Demonstration

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

Join Paul Couchman for a demonstration of lime plastering on lath as used in historic buildings such as The Regency Town House.

Paul will talk about the restoration of the Town House’s kitchen, the materials that were used and why. He will show how they are applied and give everyone a chance to get their hands dirty and take part in a practical demonstration

Opening Times

  • Thursday 13 September: 1400 - 1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lath-plastering-demonstration-tickets-47587060178

Booking opens: 13 August        2018 12:00
Booking closes: 12 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 10 people per tour/session. We request that children are accompanied by an adult

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London Road Tour

Meet: St Peter’s Church doorway, York Place, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4GU

London Road. A walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead.

London Rd has undergone many changes from farmland to suburb, shopping street to urban resurgence; we look at these aspects in our morning stroll.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 15 September: 1000 - 1200

Booking Details

No booking required

Directions

Parking in London Road Car Park. Buses to London Road

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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.

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

  • Saturday 8 September: 1400 - 1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maintaining-your-historic-brighton-and-hove-home-tickets-46837523293 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  7 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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More than Shopping: Brighton’s Western Road

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

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

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

Opening Times

  • Friday 14 September: 1000 - 1200

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.

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

Opening Times

  • Friday   7 September: 1800 - 1930
  • Friday 14 September: 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/BHOD18

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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

More than murder!

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. 

Opening Times

  • Sunday 9 September: 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-46692282875 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  8 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. Walk takes 1 hour. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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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

Once again, we’ll be offering behind-the-scenes tours, talks and practical advice for local and family historians, plus displays of rarely seen original archive material. We will be commemorating the centenary of the Armistice in 1918 and celebrating extraordinary women represented in our archives, some of whom were entitled to vote for the first time in the same year. There’ll also be tea and cakes, and lots of hands-on activities for families and children!

For more information, please see our website: http://www.thekeep.info/events

Opening Times

  • Saturday 15 September: 1000 - 1530

Booking Details

No booking: Required
 

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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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

Pelham Square's fascinating story

For BHOD 2018, come and join a member of the 'Here in the Past' 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. 

Opening Times

  • Sunday 9 September: 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/BHOD18

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Period Architecture Trail

Start: the Regency Town House stall - Junction Gloucester Road and Sydney Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Enjoy our city's impressive period architecture

Members of the local history research team from the Regency Town House will be available at the stall in Gloucester Road between 12pm and 3pm to introduce a number of trails of period architecture. Information will be provided on Victorian, Regency and Modern architecture. There will be fully illustrated A3 posters to take away provided by the Regency Society of Brighton and Hove.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 9 September: 1200 - 1500

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

You can take a copy of the trails 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/BHOD18

Directions

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

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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

  • Saturday 8 September: 1600 - 1700

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/plaster-ornament-in-period-houses-tickets-46837598518 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  7 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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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

  • Thursday 6 September: 1730 - 1800

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/post-war-brighton-hove-in-film-tickets-46837619581 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  5 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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Preston Manor’s Lost Buildings

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

Three substantial Victorian buildings on the Preston Manor estate were demolished in the 1930s when London Road was widened.

Find out what these buildings looked like, who lived in them and see the remains of a rare garden bothy

Opening Times

  • Friday 14 September: Tour 1100 - 1200

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

No toilets or tearooms but these facilities are available close by in Preston Park.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session.

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Preston Park History Tour

Florianas Rotunda Cafe, Preston Park, Preston Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 6HN

Ever wondered about the history of Preston Park - the biggest and first municipal park in the city? This Illustrated History of Preston Park Walk will take you on a journey from Roman times to the present day.

What was the ancient significance of this plot? Who owned the land, and when and why did they sell it? Who provided the money to buy the land to be a park? You will get to know the strange and varied buildings in the park, two of which are listed, one of which was bought from a distant agricultural show and moved, piecemeal, to the park. 

You’ll meet - in pictorial form - the eccentric man who fashioned much of the park’s display as it’s seen today - an early recycler of materials. And there are interesting stories about the park’s use in both the First and Second World Wars. Researched from a number of sources and accompanied by around 20 amazing images which will be distributed as you walk around, this is a walk you’ll remember. 

Opening Times

  • Saturday 8 September: 1430 - 1600

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Mostly paths through the park

Additional information

90 minutes You might like to take the tour of the Preston rock Garden before this event. See separate listing at www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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Preston Rock Garden

Preston Rock Garden, Preston Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 6SD

Come and celebrate the enduring charm of Preston Rock Gardens with a 90 minute guided tour from Andy, the head gardener. Learn about the history and plans for the future for this lovely garden.

Preston Rock Garden was built between 1934 and 1936 on a disused railway bank and covers nearly a hectare (2.4 acres). The Rockery, or Rookery as it’s often called, has seen many changes over the years. In recent years the waterfall has been repaired and the pond drained to remove 155 tons of silt. A major overhaul of the planting has also taken place.

Meet outside the chalet at the foot of the garden.

You might also be interested in the Preston Park - History Tour, see separate listing.

Opening Times

  • Thursday  6 September: 1200 - 1330
  • Saturday   8 September: 1200 - 1330
  • Saturday 15 September: 1200 - 1330

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

There are a few steps in the lower area of the garden but we can generally get by even with wheelchairs. The entire tour is conducted at the front of the garden so there are no steep paths to climb.

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

Directions

Opposite Preston Park

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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 7 September: 1100 - 1330

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/profiles-of-the-past-exhibition-tickets-47550553987 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  6 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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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 these? Yes, it’s 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 and Derek 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 7 September: 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/BHOD18

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 9 September: 1100 - 1300

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Preferred
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/railway-and-greenway-a-guided-walk-from-brighton-to-london-road-station-tickets-46837685779

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  6 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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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 8 September: 1100 - 1230

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

90 minutes 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/BHOD18

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Rocky Clump Stanmer Excavation Site

Upper Lodge Car Park, Ditching Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

See an excavation of a late Iron Age to the later Roman period site.

Rocky Clump Stanmer - A site dating from the Late Iron Age to the later Roman period. The small farmstead and possible shrine is focused around a small copse of trees called Rocky Clump. The excavations have revealed numerous features including post holes, pits and some very large ditches which form a rectangular enclosure.

Opening Times

  • Saturday   8 September: Tour 1200 - 1245
  • Saturday 15 September: Tour 1200 - 1245

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rocky-clump-stanmer-excavation-tickets-46766516911 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  5 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 45 minutes For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

Directions

Meet at the Upper Lodge Car Park, which is about 200 metres north of Old Boat Corner, heading towards Ditchling Beacon (TQ 324 098). The car park is sign posted and is on the right hand side of the road when driving north.

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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).

Visitors are reminded that they are touring a working girls school and to dress accordingly. Visitors in inappropriate clothing (e.g. small shorts) will not be admitted.

Opening Times

  • Thursday 13 September: 1030 - 1200
  • Friday      14 September: 1030 - 1200
  • Saturday  15 September: 1030 - 1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/roedean-school-tour-tickets-46837707845 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  6 September 2018 16:00

Access Information

Please advise of any mobility or other special needs ahead of visiting via an email to jsu@roedean.co.uk Visitors are reminded that they are touring a working girls school and to dress accordingly. Visitors in inappropriate clothing (e.g. small shorts) will not be admitted.

Additional information

Max 16 people per tour/session. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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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 buildings and the walled garden.

Our Heritage Open Day is one of the few opportunities to explore the historic working downland farm of Saddlescombe. This enigmatic farmstead nestled in the rolling hills of the Sussex countryside has a quaint charm to enchant all who visit.

First established during the thirteenth century, Saddlescombe Farm has seen many changes over the centuries. The manor house reflects the passing eras with parts dating from the Tudor to the Victorian periods.

There are also many examples of traditional Sussex flint walled barns dating from the seventeenth century, along with historic farming tools and machinery.

A unique feature of the farm is the old Donkey Wheel, which was used to pump water from a deep well. 

Other highlights also include threshing barns, a milking shed, a wheelwright, stables and a shepherds hut.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 9 September: 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/BHOD18

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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Sex and Shopping! A Guided Walk of Gardner Street

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

Sex and shopping!

Join us for a guided tour of "respectable" 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 9 September: Walk 1200 - 1300

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-46692475451 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  8 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. Walk takes an hour. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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Slaughter in Trafalgar Street - and more…

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

More than slaughter ...

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.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 9 September: 1300-1400

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/slaughter-in-trafalgar-street-and-more-tickets-46692533625 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  8 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. Walk takes an hour. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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 13 September: 1715 - 1800

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tour-of-st-andrews-church-waterloo-street-tickets-46837773040 

Booking opens: 13 August        2018 12:00
Booking closes: 12 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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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   6 September: 1000 - 1630
  • Friday        7 September: 1000 - 1630
  • Saturday    8 September: 1000 - 1630
  • Sunday      9 September: 0900 - 1300 (Services at 9.30 and 11.00 )
  • Thursday 13 September: 1000 - 1630
  • Friday      14 September: 1000 - 1630
  • Saturday 15 September: 1000 - 1630
  • Sunday   16 September: 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/BHOD18

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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     7 September: 1000 - 1700
  • Saturday 8 September: 1000 - 1700
  • Sunday   9 September: 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 displays in the church about it's history and a special display about the First World War memorial window giving a brief history of those mentioned on the window and their link to St Helen's including relations who have visited the church this year. For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

Directions

Located near to the 5B bus route

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St James Street Tour

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

St James Street. A walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead.

Early suburban development in the 18th century, B&Bs in the 20th and urban change throughout the period; we investigate some of the history of this busy thoroughfare.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 15 September: 1300 - 1500

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

2 hours

Directions

Parking in town centre car parks. Buses to Old Steine and North Street

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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. The north-east corner, which was never consecrated, has been managed as an organic community allotment since 2013, by the ‘Secret Garden’ group.

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. 
 

Remembering Sir C Aubrey Smith, 70 years after his death - we'll have a small exhibition in tribute to him, courtesy of Sussex County Cricket Club.

As we celebrate 100 years since women were granted the vote, we'll be remembering women who lived in Hove who have made a contribution to both local & national life - both the famous ones & the unsung heroines.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 8 September: 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/BHOD18

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St Martin’s Church, Lewes Road

St Martins' Church, Lewes Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 3HQ

St. Martin’s is a fine example of Anglo Catholic 19th Century church buildings, designed to lead folk from the ordinariness of daily life outside to a glimpse of the glory of heaven within. St Martin's is a Grade II* listed building.

This idea of transition is enhanced by the building as, having descended from the street level, the eyes are immediately drawn to the elevated sanctuary at the east end and the magnificent reredos made up of paintings and Oberammergau carved statues. With many other unique statues, pulpit and font, together with a comprehensive collection of stained glass, all enclosed by the painted ceiling made up of 144 panels each containing the alms of an overseas diocese of the Anglican Communion when the Church was consecrated.

Visitors are welcome to attend Mass before the scheduled opening times.

Opening Times

  • Saturday   8 September: 1130 - 1600
  • Sunday     9 September: 1115 - 1600
  • Saturday 15 September: 1130 - 1600
  • Sunday   16 September: 1115 - 1600

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

St Martin's is a Grade II* listed building.

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St Nicholas Circular Walk

Meet: St Nicholas Church doorway, Dyke Road, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3LJ

Around St Nicholas Church. A walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead.

St. Nicholas abuts several distinct city areas; we look at parts of West Hill, North Laine and the Old Town in our afternoon stroll

Opening Times

  • Friday 14 September: 1300 - 1500

Booking Details

No booking required

Directions

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

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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       7 September: 1300 - 1500
  • Saturday   8 September: 1000 - 1700
  • Sunday     9 September: 1300 - 1500
  • Friday     14 September: 1300 - 1500
  • Saturday 15 September: 1000 - 1700
  • Sunday   16 September: 1300 - 1500

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

Access for Wheelchairs through the South door

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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, to help those in need on those evenings. Street Pastors are also based at St Paul's.

Opening Times

  • Saturday   8 September: 1000 - 1700
  • Saturday 15 September: 1030 - 1500

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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Suffragetting round Brighton

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

An illustrated talk on local Suffragettes by local historian and blue plaque campaigner Elizabeth Dwiar

Bringing to life some of our Suffragettes who worked at the Regional Office of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) near the Clock Tower and their supporters in the town...Mary Hare, Isabella McKeown, Mary Clarke, Ada Schofield, Minnie Turner, Catherine Reid as well as the more famous activists, such as Helen Ogston, Mary Leigh, Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst, who joined them. 

Come early to visit the exhibition beforehand.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 8 September: 1600 - 1700

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Preferred
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/suffrajetting-around-brighton-an-illustrated-talk-by-elizabeth-dwiar-tickets-47610202397 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  7 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session.

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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   9 September: Tour 0900 & 1100
  • Sunday 16 September: Tour 0900 & 1100

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sussex-masonic-centre-tour-tickets-47506376852 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  8 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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TAKE SHELTER! @ Downs Junior School

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

Visit a WW2 air raid shelter!

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

Opening Times

  • Saturday 15 September: 1000 - 1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/take-shelter-tickets-46046563511 

Booking opens: 13 August        2018 12:00
Booking closes: 14 September 2018 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. 45 minutes 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)

Aubrey Beardsley was famous for his innovative black and white illustrations. This year marks the 120th anniversary of Beardsley's death at the tragically early age of twenty-five. The tour concludes with an optional visit to The Yellow Book cafe/bar on York Place.

Opening Times

  • Sunday   9 September: 1400 - 1600
  • Sunday 16 September: 1100 - 1300

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

90-120 minutes for updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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The Balcombe Tunnel Murder of 1881

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

Hear the suspect's story in the second ever railway murder

Hear about the second ever murder on the British railways. A national newspaper called it "One of the most astonishingly cruel and cold-blooded assassinations of modern times". After the Brighton police let the chief suspect go, a nationwide hunt ended in his capture, conviction and execution. He confessed to the crime but did he do it?

Opening Times

  • Thursday 6 September: 1630 - 1730

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/balcombe-tunnel-murder-of-1881-tickets-46837286585 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  5 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 30 people per tour/session. 45 minutes for updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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The Brunswick Town Walk

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

Discover the history and architecture of Brunswick Town

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 6 September: 1130 - 1300

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-brunswick-town-walk-tickets-45683413319 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  5 September 2018 16:00

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 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 1 hour 45 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 6 September: Tour 1100 - 1245
  • Sunday    9 September: Tour 1100 - 1245

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-46837842247 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  5 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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 and Charles Barry developed key local sites such as St Peter's Church and the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

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. 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

  • Thursday 13 September: 1500 - 1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-fascinating-mr-ranger-and-early-british-concrete-heritage-tickets-46837903430 

Booking opens: 13 August        2018 12:00
Booking closes: 12 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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The Feibusch Nativity Mural At St Wilfrid’s

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

The hidden Feibusch Nativity Mural at St Wilfrid's

This is a unique opportunity to view the stunning mural painted by Hans Feibusch in 1939 which is not normally open for public viewing.

The mural adorns three walls in what was a side chapel of the former Anglican church which no longer exists and 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 Ecletic 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.

Opening Times

  • Friday 14 September: 1100 - 1300

Booking Details

No booking required

Directions

Please note that this is no longer a public building and respect the privacy of the residents. St Wilfrid’s is situated on the corner of Whippingham Road and Elm Grove. There is very limited street parking. Bus nos 21, 21a, 22, 23 stop outside. Guide Sarah Tobias is lecturer in social, cultural and local history.

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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

Much more than gravestones

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

  • Saturday 8 September: 1100 - 1300

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-grand-cemetery-tour-tickets-46692581769 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  5 September 2018 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 20 people per tour/session. Tour takes up to 2 hours For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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 Preston Manor Dog Cemetery

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 13 September: Tour 1100 - 1200

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/BHOD18

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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

The Trustees welcomed over 600 visitors to the Secret Garden for Heritage Open Door 2017. This year, they will be on hand to talk to visitors about future plans and a major exhibition of the work of William Pye, the internationally acclaimed sculptor

The garden has been planned to look at its very best for Heritage Open Door 2018 (HODs 2018) and there will be explanatory handouts on the plants and plantings. For several years, the garden’s experienced plantsman has been cultivating the area throughout the seasons, shaping mature shrubs and adding many new species to the planting scheme. 

Siobhan from TABLE will again be selling luxury teas at HODs 2018, with handcrafted cakes and other refreshments, as well as autumnal produce including speciality organic jams and preserves.

Opening Times

  • Saturday   8 September: 1100 - 1700
  • Sunday     9 September: 1100 - 1700
  • Saturday 15 September: 1100 - 1700
  • Sunday   16 September: 1100 - 1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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The Secret Garden, Hove

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

Our Secret Garden is a secret no more! And rightly so.

Over the last four years it has been transformed by the local community from an overgrown bramble and thistle patch in a graveyard, to a community garden incorporating a wildlife haven with a pond; bird and bat boxes; honey bees; bumble bees; butterflies; dragonflies; frogs; a bug hotel and wormery. Volunteers come and work on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am – 2pm throughout the year and are supervised in gardening the vegetable and flower beds. It is accessible for wheelchairs and we have just finished a paved pathway around the garden, including bench seating. It has a lovely atmosphere and in 2017 we won the Best in Britain Community Garden “Thriving” award.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 8 September: 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.

Additional information

St. Leonard's Church is also open at the same time as the Secret garden so why not visit together?

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The Waste House Open Door

Grand Parade Mews, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 0BG

The Brighton Waste House – The development of a ‘living laboratory’ for ecological architectural design

The Brighton Waste House investigates strategies for constructing a contemporary, low energy, permanent building using over 85% ‘waste’ material drawn from household and construction sites.

The building is Europe's first permanent public building made almost entirely from material thrown away or not wanted. It is also an EPC ‘A’ rated low energy building.

The Brighton Waste House aims to prove that under valued so-called waste material has potential to become a valuable resource and therefore prove “that there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place!’. It also aims to prove that a contemporary, innovative, low energy building can be constructed almost entirely by young people studying construction trades, architecture & design. To this end over 300 students worked on the project which was initially fabricated in the workshops of City College Brighton and Hove, and then assembled and completed by students and apprentices between May 2013 and April 2014.

Opening Times

  • Saturday   8 September: 1100 - 1500
  • Saturday 15 September: 1100 - 1500

Booking Details

No booking required

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The Waste House Tour

Grand Parade Mews, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 0BG

The Brighton Waste House – The development of a ‘living laboratory’ for ecological architectural design

The Brighton Waste House investigates strategies for constructing a contemporary, low energy, permanent building using over 85% ‘waste’ material drawn from household and construction sites.

The building is Europe's first permanent public building made almost entirely from material thrown away or not wanted. It is also an EPC ‘A’ rated low energy building.

The Brighton Waste House aims to prove that under valued so-called waste material has potential to become a valuable resource and therefore prove “that there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place!’. It also aims to prove that a contemporary, innovative, low energy building can be constructed almost entirely by young people studying construction trades, architecture & design. To this end over 300 students worked on the project which was initially fabricated in the workshops of City College Brighton and Hove, and then assembled and completed by students and apprentices between May 2013 and April 2014.

Opening Times

  • Saturday   8 September: Tours 1200 - 1300 and 1400 - 1500
  • Saturday 15 September: Tours 1200 - 1300 and 1400 - 1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
The site will be open but the tours must be pre-booked. Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-waste-house-tour-tickets-47505907448

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  7 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. Tour takes up to one hour

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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. Opened in 2017, the site features a ‘Golden Spiral’ made up of salvaged West Pier columns.

Come and find out about the West Pier, exciting kiosk restoration project and see our latest exhibition

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       7 September: 1100 - 1500
  • Saturday   8 September: 1100 - 1500
  • Sunday     9 September: 1100 - 1500
  • Friday     14 September: 1100 - 1500
  • Saturday 15 September: 1100 - 1500
  • Sunday   16 September: 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/BHOD18

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Theatre Royal Brighton Tour

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

Behind the scenes at The Theatre Royal

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       7 September: Tour 1130 - 1230
  • Saturday   8 September: Tour 1130 - 1230
  • Friday     14 September: Tour 1130 - 1230
  • Saturday 15 September: Tour 1130 - 1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/theatre-royal-brighton-tour-tickets-46046768123 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  5 September 2018 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/BHOD18

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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

We'll explore Thomas Kemp's grand design for the estate.

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

Opening Times

  • Saturday   8 September: 1400 - 1500
  • Saturday 15 September: 1400 - 1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thomas-kemps-seaside-estate-tickets-46838095003

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  7 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. 60 minutes for updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

Directions

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

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Two Sides to Every Valley

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

The Valley Gardens conservation area and its past and future

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

Opening Times

  • Saturday 15 September: 1600 - 1800

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/BHOD18

Directions

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

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VOTE 100 - Exhibition

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

Suffrage Pioneers of Brighton and Hove: The Cause Goes Marching On...

There have been many extraordinary women who have played their part in the rich history of our town as it has developed into the vibrant city we know today. 

Though well known in their day, many of these women are no longer household names. Working with local schools, community groups, and members of the recently formed Women's History Group, local women are determined that these suffrage pioneers will never be forgotten and their achievements recognised and honoured. 

The voices of the brave women of the past, who struggled and campaigned for the right to vote, girl's education, women's hospitals and other local causes, will not be silenced. They will live on in our collective memory through the photographs, newspaper reports, letters, biographical extracts, banners, posters and creative writing on display in this exhibition.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 8 September: 1200 - 1600

Booking Details

No booking required

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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

The mill 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 9 September: 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/BHOD18

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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Shoreham Fort

Shoreham Fort, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5HY

Visit historic Shoreham Fort

Prime Ministers, Emperors, Queens, Film Stars, Edison, Charge of the Light Brigade, Two World Wars and even Nicholas Lyndhurst...

Shoreham Fort has a unique, diverse and significant history which will be shared as part of this year's Heritage Open Days.

A Soldier from the era of the fort will give you a tour at 14:00 as others will show you the progression of the rifles throughout Queen Victoria's reign and beyond.

This is the day to find out more and for kids to explore our history through fun games such as the Powder Monkey game, Chaaarge!!! and Parade Drill.

You can also make the most of Food for Fort, where we serve hot and cold drinks and home-made cake.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 9 September: 1100 - 1600

Booking Details

No booking required

Directions

By car From the A259, turn on to Shoreham Beach, and follow the brown tourist signs until you come to ‘Fort Haven’ on your right. Sat-Nav users can use the Post-Code BN43 5HY. There is a council-run pay and display car park adjacent to the fort, which has adequate parking. On foot From Shoreham Hight Street, cross the footbridge over the river, and follow ‘Harbour Road’ east, until you come across the turning ‘Fort Haven’ on your left.

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Shoreham Lifeboat Station Tour

Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Lifeboat House, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 6RN

Visit Shoreham RNLI Lifeboat Station

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   6 September: Tour 1100 - 1230
  • Friday        7 September: Tour 1100 - 1230
  • Saturday    8 September: Tour 1100 - 1230
  • Sunday      9 September: Tour 1400 - 1530
  • Thursday 13 September: Tour 1100 - 1230
  • Friday      14 September: Tour 1100 - 1230
  • Saturday  15 September: Tour 1100 - 1230
  • Sunday    16 September: Tour 1400 - 1530

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shoreham-lifeboat-station-tour-tickets-46570222790 

Booking opens: 13 August       2018 12:00
Booking closes:  3 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. Tour lasts 90 minutes For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD18

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St Julian’s Church,  St Julian’s Lane, Kingston Buci, Shoreham-by-Sea

St Julian's Church, St. Julians Lane, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 6YS

St Julian’s church is one of the oldest and most interesting in Sussex. Although we don’t know exactly how long there has been a church on this site, we do know that there has been a significant settlement at Kingston Buci for centuries

St Julian's Church is a flint building with stone dressings, and consists of a nave with a north aisle, chancel and central (but partly offset) tower. The chancel and tower are the same width, and there are no transepts. The walls of the nave survive from the 11th century, and the rebuilding work of the 13th century appears not to have changed the proportions of the rest of the church. Although the aisle was rebuilt in the 19th century, its large arches—described by Nikolaus Pevsner as "beautifully proportioned"—remain from the 13th century, when it was originally built

St Julian's Church is listed at Grade I

Opening Times

  • Thursday   6 September: 1000-1600
  • Friday        7 September: 1000-1600
  • Saturday    8 September: 1000-1600
  • Sunday      9 September: 1000-1600
  • Thursday 13 September: 1000-1600
  • Friday      14 September: 1000-1600
  • Saturday  15 September: 1000-1600
  • Sunday    16 September: 1000-1600

Booking Details

No booking required

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St Nicolas’ Church, Shoreham

St. Nicolas Church, St. Nicolas Lane, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5NH

St Nicolas’ Church was founded on a riverside site by Anglo-Saxons at the start of the 10th century, possibly on the site of a 5th-century predecessor. Some Saxon-era structural elements remain despite 12th-century additions made when Shoreham became prosperous, further extension in the 14th century and a Victorian restoration.

The graveyard contains the grave of Amon Henry Wilds, the architect of much of Regency Brighton.  He moved to Shoreham-by-Sea, where he died in 1857 and was buried at local church.  Also buried here is Lydia Yavorska, Princess Bariatinsky (1871-1921) who features in our ‘Extraordinary Women’ talk.

Guided tours are available between 10.00-16.00, coffee and cakes will be sold on behalf of MacMillan Cancer Support (10:00 – 12:30), and at 19:30 (door open 19:00) there will be the presentation ‘In Search of a Princess’, which tells the background to the research into the life of Lydia Yavorska, which led to a book on this lady who was an actress, suffragette, fashion icon, relief worker in WWI and anti-Bolshevik campaigner . No booking is required and entry is free.

For more information, visit:  https://saintnicolas.org.uk/events.htm and https://aprincessinshoreham.org/

Opening Times

  • Saturday 15 September: 1000 - 1600 and 1900 - 2030

Booking Details

No booking required

Directions

St. Nicolas’ Church is situated in St. Nicolas’ Lane off Upper Shoreham Road in north Shoreham

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Steyning, Saxons and their Saint

The statue opposite St. Andrew's and St. Cuthman's , Vicarage Lane, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3YL

A walking tour through the picturesque town of Steyning. 
Established by the time of the Saxon saint, St. Cuthman, Steyning was once an economic powerhouse of the early Middle Ages.

We hear about the town's significance, and what role it played in William the Conqueror's decision to invade England in 1066! 

We enjoy the historic buildings and hear how this once harbour town's fortunes changed with the silting up of the River Adur, as it was left high and dry! 

Though the centuries, the history of Steyning has continued to reflect that of the country as a whole; notably the events surrounding an arrest one dark October night in Brighton and which came to a shocking and violent conclusion in Steyning months later!

One of the most famous love affairs of the Victorian age, a scandal to rock the establishment and with political consequences which remain to this day, saw the couple elope from their home in Hove to avoid the waiting press, and speed their way to Steyning and married life. 

The tour will start at 11:00 from by the statue opposite St. Andrew's and St. Cuthman's church, Vicarage Lane, Steyning (BN44 3YL). On a Sunday parking is free at both the nearby Steyning Centre car park and the High Street car park (5mins walk). 

We will finish on the High Street (BN44 3RD). The tour lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes (approximately). The level of walking involved is gentle; the route is slightly undulating and covers approximately 2Ks/ just over a mile. 

Opening Times

  • Sunday 16 September: 1100 - 1245

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/steyning-history-and-links-to-brighton-tickets-46838113057

Booking opens: 13 August        2018 12:00
Booking closes: 14 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. 1 hour 45 minutes 

Directions

The statue opposite St. Andrew's and St. Cuthman's

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The Lewes Road Cemeteries: Paths of Glory

Meet outside the Extra-Mural Cemetery Entrance Gates on Lewes Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 3QB (look for 116 Lewes Road)

A 2 hour  autumn twilight stroll in the beautiful wooded downland of The Extra-Mural Cemetery and Woodvale, both mid 19th century cemeteries.

Guided by Maire McQueeney, author of The Lewes Road Cemeteries Guide.

We’ll view  lodges, chapels, mausoleums, and grand 19th & 20th Century personal and family monuments designated Grade II listed by English Heritage. We stop to visit  The Church of The Holy Cross, the excellent Anglican mortuary chapel designed by architect Amon Henry Wilds.

Opening Times

  • Thursday 6 September: 1730 – 1930

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required

Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-lewes-road-cemeteries-paths-of-glory-tickets-48161927622

Booking opens: 13 August 2018 12:00
Booking closes: 5 September 2018 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. 2 hours 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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Rottingdean Windmill

Rottingdean Windmill, Beacon Hill, A259 Brighton Road, Rottingdean, East Sussex, BN2 7JA

This smock windmill was erected here on Beacon Hill in 1802 by Thomas Beard, and the carved initials, TB 1802, can be seen on one of the internal timbers.

Rottingdean Windmill ground corn for the village, and supplied flour to the local bakers. Around 1877 George Nicholls was miller and baker, and his little son Harry had the job of delivering hot rolls around the village before school. They lived in the High Street and George was the last miller when the Mill ceased to function in 1881.

As part of a Millennium Project, the Preservation Society replaced the wooden timbers that form the foundation for the cant posts. Work continues on this Grade 2 listed landmark here on Beacon Hill!

Opening Times

  • Sunday 16 September: 1400 – 1630

Booking Details

No booking required

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Warleigh Road & Environs

Meet in Shaftesbury Place outside London Road Station (Ditchling Rise side), Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4QS

An hour’s walk on tree-lined streets of Victorian housing shaped by the railway’s housing need and immortalised in song.  Both a nineteenth century royal wedding and market gardening have left echoes and imprints on the social history of the neighbourhood defined for many by St. Saviour’s Church.  From paving stones to roof tiles the local houses have stories to tell of changing fortunes, stories of heroes and story-tellers, and gossip of villainous murder. 

Join local resident Maire McQueeney for a pleasant stroll.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 16 September: 1100-1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required

Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/warleigh-road-environs-tickets-48296098932 Booking opens: 13 August 2018 12:00 Booking closes: 15 September 2018 16:00

Access Information

Notes: Pavements throughout.  Meet Ditchling Rise side (south side) of London Road Station 

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 60 minutes 

Directions

Meet in Shaftesbury Place outside London Road Station - southern entrance on the Ditchling Rise side

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Remembrance of the Great War 1914-18

Meet Maire McQueeney inside the City Cemetery Gate, Bear Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 4DA

A 60 minute stroll exploring the monuments and memorials of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission,  St. Dustan's plot, graves of German PoWs who died in  local military hospitals and the final resting place of  peace campaigner Mary Lawrenson co- founder of the Women’s Cooperative Guild.

Free cemetery parking and convenient bus routes available.

Guided by Maire McQueeney author of The Lewes Road Cemeteries Guide.

Opening Times

Saturday 15 September: 1100 - 1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required

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Booking opens: 13 August 2018 12:00 Booking closes: 14 September 2018 16:00

Access Information

 Route: mostly level on tarmac and grass paths. One moderate downhill and uphill return on grass path.

Meet Maire McQueeney inside the City Cemetery Gate on the north side of Bear Road BN2 4DA ( free parking in the cemetery). 

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 60 minutes

Directions

Meet Maire McQueeney inside the City Cemetery Gate on the north side of Bear Road BN2 4DA ( free parking in the cemetery). Buses 37 (Bevendean Road) and 2, 22 (Top of Bear Road) stop nearby.

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Secrets of the Sash

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

Join us to learn about the history of the sash window. How they have changed, what has driven transition, how they can be made efficient, draft free and carbon friendly

We can’t offer you an hour of non stop entertainment but, if you live with sash windows, we can promise you 60 minutes of very useful information!

Opening Times

  • Friday 7 September: 1400 - 1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secrets-of-the-sash-tickets-48549470774

Booking opens: 13 August 2018 12:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2018 16:00

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Marlborough House - Robert Adam on the south coast

Meet at: Marlborough House, 54 Old Steine, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1NH

Join us for a 60 minute exploration of Marlborough House (NOT inside the building) and its history. The building was originally constructed, c1765, for Samuel Shergold, proprietor of the Castle Hotel in Brighton.

Marlborough House was sold to the fourth Duke of Marlborough shortly after and in 1786 sold again, to William Gerard Hamilton MP, who had the house extensively re-modelled by Robert Adam. It was Adam who designed the facade that can be seen today and much of his characteristic work remains inside. Later, Marlborough House served principally as local authority offices. Today the building is in private ownership and falling into distress. 

NOTE: It is unlikely that this event will visit the interior of the property.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 9 September: 0930-1030

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marlborough-house-tickets-48558206904

Booking opens: 13 August 2018 12:00

Booking closes: 8 September 2018 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 60 minutes

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Madeira Terraces Tour

Meet at the west station of the Volks Railway Line, close to Brighton Palace Pier (opposite Volks nightclub/bar), Madeira Drive, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1PS

Long a Brighton feature, the Madeira Terraces are thought to be the longest cast iron structure in Britain and, perhaps, the world!

People from all over the city and beyond have contributed some half a million pounds of crowd funding to the saving of the Madeira Terraces. Come along and learn a little about the history of the site and the repairs needed to secure the Terraces for the next 100 years. 

Meet: The west station of the Volks Railway Line, close to Brighton Pier.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 15 September: 1530-1630

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/madeira-terrace-tour-tickets-48557564984 
Booking opens: 13 August 2018 12:00
Booking closes: 14 September 2018 16:00

Additional information
Max 20 people per tour/session.

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Women’s History Group – Brighton’s Rich Suffrage History

13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH
 
The Brighton Women’s History group seeks to research, collect and publish information on the historic contribution of women
and girls to the life and heritage of Brighton and Hove and to encourage others to celebrate women's history.
 
During Heritage Open Days we will display artefacts related to the rich suffrage history of Brighton and Hove and recognise
the centenary of the first achievement of votes for some women.
Come and see our free exhibition.

Opening Times

● Sunday 9 September: 1200-1600
● Saturday 15 September: 1200-1600
 
 

 

The Church of the Annunciation

89 Washington Street, Brighton BN2 9SR

The Church of the Annunciation

89 Washington Street, Brighton BN2 9SR

The Church of the Annunciation in Washington Street is a regular host to art, music, and drama throughout the year. Founded by Arthur Wagner in 1864 as a mission to the poor at the height of the Oxford Movement, the Church of the Annunciation became the battleground between extreme Protestant anti-ritualists and Catholic Revivalists in the mid-nineteenth century. Come and discover the story of the ‘little church on the hill’ presented in a fascinating exhibition, and see the Pre-Raphaelite stained glass of Burne-Jones.

Brighton-born artist Aubrey Beardsley was a young worshipper at the Annunciation during the 1880s. On Sunday 16 Sept, from 2pm Alexia Lazou will be in the church for an informal drop-in session looking at his life and work, with some of her Beardsleyana on show.

At 4pm Stephen Plaice, author of The Real Prescence - A History of the Church of the Annunciation, will give a tour of the church, highlighting aspects of the architecture, furnishings and rich social history.

Website: www. annunciationbrighton.org.uk

Access: Ground floor fully wheelchair accessible but no accessible toilet facilities.

Opening Times

● Sunday 16 September    1000 - 1700
NOTE:  Mass will take place from 1100  – 1230