Brighton & Hove Open Door 2019

Heritage Open Days celebrates its 25th anniversary!

Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd September 2019

Some events must be booked, see the list below.
B
ooking opens 12th August at noon.

WALKS, TALKS AND TOURS

Open Door - no booking required
Architecture & Materials - from Bungarooch to Iron and Beyond -  Robert Street
Pelham Square - A New Look at an Old Square!
The Feibusch Nativity Mural At St Wilfrid’s
Shoreham Fort
Brighton’s Western Road - More than Shopping
North Laine - Beanfields to Bohemia
Old Town - Twittens and Tourists
Valley Gardens - Two Sides to Every Valley
West Hill – Hidden in Plain Sight
Clifton Hill and Montpelier

Booking Required
A History of the Brighton Workhouses
NEW: Hobbits in Hove…
Kemp Town Enclosures
Not Just the Trunk Murders! An illustrated Walk in Kemp Street
Regency Square - architecture and history
NEW: Rottingdean - Smugglers and Storytellers
NEW: Rounding a Square
Secrets of the Sash
A guided tour of Gardner Street and Orange Row
Slaughter in Trafalgar Street - and more…
TAKE SHELTER! @ Downs Junior School
The Brunswick Town Walk
The Development of North Laine as Brighton’s Industrial and Commercial Suburb
The Regency Town House Tour
Thomas Kemp’s Seaside Estate
NEW: Trams in Brighton!

RELIGIOUS SPACES

Open Door - no booking required
All Saints’ Church, Patcham
Brighton Quakers Meeting House
St Bartholomew’s Church
St Helen’s Church Open Days
St Mary’s, Kemp Town - Visit the Church, Eat Cake and Enjoy a Free Recital
St Nicholas’ Church, Brighton
St Paul’s Church - Open Door
The Secrets of St Helen’s Churchyard
Middle Street Synagogue - Brighton

Booking Required
Jewish Burial Grounds, Florence Place
 

FASHIONABLE HOUSES

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

Booking Required
37 Kensington Place Tour
Embassy Court, Icon of 20th Century Modernism

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
NEW: Choo Choo! The 150th Anniversary of the Kemp Town Branch Line
The West Pier - Celebrating the Past and Planning the Future
"Landscape, Seascape and Skyscape” in a dark room - Foredown Tower

Booking Required
NEW: Preston Circus Fire Station

EDUCATION

Booking Required
Brighton College Tour
Roedean: Then and Now - Roedean School Tour
The Keep - Britain on Film: Protest!

GARDENS, NATURE AND PARKS

Open Door - no booking required
Preston Park History Tour
The Secret Garden in Kemp Town
The Secret Garden in Hove

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

 

THEATRE, CINEMA AND ENTERTAINMENT

Open Door - no booking required
Aubrey Beardsley Tour
Nice Girls didn't go go the Cinema 

Booking Required
Brighton’s Palace Pier Heritage Tour
Duke of York's Tour
NEW: A Musical History of 24 George Street, Brighton: The Film!
Post-war Brighton & Hove in Film
Sussex County Cricket Club - Tour of the Ground
Theatre Royal Brighton Tour

 

ARCHAEOLOGY

Booking Required
Rocky Clump Stanmer Excavation Site

 

ARCHITECTURE

Open Door - no booking required
Building the Denman Legacy
Decades of Denman
Pubs, Banks and Pylons - The Architectural Legacy of John Leopold Denman

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

 

GOVERNMENT AND CIVIC

Booking Required
Brighton Old Police Cells
Shoreham Lifeboat Station Tour

 

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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'. 

At this years Heritage Open Day you will be able to see the restored tiled floor in the small conservatory over the porch.

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 14 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 13 September: Tours 1100-1200 & 1400-1500 & 1600-1700
  • Saturday 14 September: Tours 1100-1200 & 1400-1500 & 1600-1700

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/37-kensington-place-tour-tickets-62298924761

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 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/BHOD19

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A History of the Brighton Workhouses

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

This talk is about the ‘other side’ or ‘hidden history’ of Brighton rather than the one of popular imagination: that of the high lifestyle of the rich and famous during the years of royal patronage.

For over 200 years the town’s workhouses illustrated the jarring reality of the poverty and squalor of life for many inhabitants. 

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

Opening Times

  • Friday 20 September: 1100-1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-history-of-the-brighton-workhouses-tickets-64352653519

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session.

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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

We hope you enjoy visiting our 12th Century church with its stained glass windows, fascinating Doom painting, medieval memorial and gravestones in beautiful Patcham Village

Entry to the church is free Refreshments are 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 14 September: 1000-1600
  • Sunday 15 September: 1200-1600

 

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 1 p.m. on Sunday 22 September, the walk will be led by one of the Regency Town House research volunteers and will visit a number of streets including Robert Street. the walk will explore some of the materials used in the construction of these historic buildings.

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.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 22 September: 1300-1400

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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 its buildings.

The College is situated in the Kemp Town district to the east of Brighton. The early parts of the school 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 Yeoh building, opened in September 2017. The Science and Sports Centre, designed by OMA, is now taking shape, opening in November 2019.

Please note: The tour starts promptly and latecomers may not be able to join the tour. The tour will involve stairs and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.

Opening Times

  • Friday 13 September: 1115-1230
  • Friday 20 September: 1115-1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-college-tour-tickets-62299015031

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 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

Directions

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

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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

  • Friday 13 September: 1030-1145
  • Saturday 14 September: 1030-1145
  • Tuesday 17 September: 1030-1145
  • Wednesday 18 September: 1030-1145
  • Thursday 19 September: 1030-1145
  • Friday 20 September: 1030-1145
  • Saturday 21 September: 1030-1145

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-old-police-cells-tickets-62299086244

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 12 people per tour/session. Tour lasts one hour 15 minutes.

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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 14 September: 1000-1630

Access Information

Ground floor fully wheelchair accessible. Disability access toilet available.

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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 120 year old pier and learn about its heritage.

Join Jackie Marsh-Hobbs on a Heritage tour of Brighton Palace Pier, looking back at the pier's early 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, a look at the Palace Pier’s place in British seaside architecture, pleasure pier history and its links to the Chain Pier.

Opening Times

  • Friday 13 September: 1000-1045
  • Monday 16 September: 1000-1045

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-palace-pier-history-tour-tickets-62298887650

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session.

Directions

Meet at the entrance of Brighton Palace Pier

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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 one of 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 21 September: 1030-1600

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Choo Choo! The 150th Anniversary of the Kemp Town Branch Line

2 Hartington Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 3LJ

The Kemp Town branch line opened on the 2nd August 1869 so we are going to celebrate its 150th anniversary

There will be music, projections, mural unveiling and performances to celebrate the anniversary

Opening Times

  • Saturday 21 September: 1500-2200

Directions

Entrance next to No 2 Hartington Road

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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 13 September: 1500-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovering-the-silhouette-machine-workshop-tickets-62298422258

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 10 people per tour/session.

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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 area behind the scenes from which the building is run by residents and leaseholders.

There is also the opportunity to view a Mural, access to the Tank Rooms and the reinstated Wells Coates kitchen which has recently been returned to Embassy Court from the Pavilion Museum, in Brighton.
 

Opening Times

  • Friday 13 September: 1100-1230
  • Saturday 14 September: 1100-1230
  • Sunday 15 September: 1100-1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/embassy-court-icon-of-20thcentury-modernism-tickets-62299318940

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 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/BHOD19

Directions

Corner of Western Street next to Brunswick Terrace East

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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

Join Maire McQueeney and friends for a walk featuring the trees of the Ditchling Rise area to The Level to understand the history of public planting.

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 19thcentury.

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 Maire McQueeney 

Opening Times

  • Sunday 22 September: 1200-1300

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-64861313936

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 20 September 2019 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 21 September: 1400-1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/george-jackson-and-sons-architectural-ornamentalists-tickets-62298440312

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session.

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Hobbits in Hove…

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

In 1904 Tolkien’s mother became seriously ill with diabetes, a serious condition back then. One of her sons went to stay with grandparents living nearby and Ronald (J.R.R.Tolkien) went to stay with his soon to be uncle, Edwin Neave, in Hove.

We have only recently found out where they were living, but we already knew where they spent their days, as Edwin Neave was Clerk to the Guardian Assurance Company, based in East Street, Brighton.

We must realise that Tolkien was only 12 in 1904, but you will see, through some of his early drawings and comments that there were the beginnings of greatness even at this early age.

Sadly, by the end of the year his mother died and the boys were left orphans under the care of Father Francis Morgan.

Very little is known about Tolkien’s stay in Hove and the wonders of Middle Earth were still dormant in those days, far, far off, resting, waiting to be discovered.

Opening Times

  • Friday 20 September: 1500-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tolkiens-visit-to-hove-tickets-62300045112

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 19 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 60 minutes

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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.

There will be an opportunity to make a donation to the Cemetery Maintenance Fund.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 15 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-64608520825

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Access Information

The ground is uneven.

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. 30 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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Kemp Town Enclosures

Meet outside, 4 Lewes Crescent, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1FH

See the secret tunnel to the Kemp Town enclosures

Join Michael Bedingfield for a tour of the Kemp Town enclosures and learn about the history and development of the private gardens in the heart of Brighton’s Kemp Town.

To include a walk through the tunnel to the Esplanade and seafront.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 15 September: 1400-1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kemp-town-enclosures-tickets-64356295412

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. 60 minutes

Directions

Meet by gate outside 4 Lewes Crescent.

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Lath Plastering Demonstration

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

Join a Regency Town House volunteer 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

  • Saturday 21 September: 1100-1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lath-plastering-workshop-tickets-62298588756

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

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Maintaining Your Historic Brighton & Hove Home

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, 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

  • Sunday 22 September: 0900-1000

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maintaining-your-historic-brighton-and-hove-home-tickets-62298450342

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

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Middle Street Synagogue - Brighton

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

This exquisitely sumptuous, Grade II* listed, sacred jewel is Brighton’s second most important interior after the Royal Pavilion and its best kept secret. It is also among the most beautiful cathedral synagogues in Europe.

Opened in 1875, the sumptuous Grade II* listed interior of Brighton’s Middle Street Synagogue was described by Anthony Dale as amongst the most splendid synagogue interiors in Europe. Designed by local architect Thomas Lainson, it is one of the last remaining "cathedral• synagogues" from the Golden Age of High Victorian synagogue architecture, built in the period following formal political emancipation of the Jews in 1858.

The low-key exterior has been described as both Byzantine and Italian Romanesque however walking in through the doors of the synagogue, visitors are transported back in time to a bygone age of elegance and gently uplifted. Suffused by golden light from the stained-glass windows, it is an oasis of calm and tranquillity in the centre of the city. 

According to Dr Sharman Kadish of Jewish Heritage UK, “Nothing prepares the visitor for the sumptuousness of Middle Street's interior. It is basilican in plan and a riot of marble, brass, mosaic, stenciling, gilding and stained glass, much of it donated by the Sassoon family, the synagogue's chief patrons.”
In celebration of the contributions made by the Baghdadi Sassoon family to the synagogue there’s a brand new temporary exhibition 'Jews of the Middle East at Middle Street. 

Everyone is welcome and there will be talks by local historians. 

Opening Times

  • Sunday 15 September: 1400-1600
  • Sunday 22 September: 1400-1600

Additional information

Free entry and talks. Donations warmly welcomed to the Restoration of Middle Street Synagogue fund

Directions

Just towards the seafront from the Hippodrome

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A Musical History of 24 George Street, Brighton: The Film!

Bom-Bane's, 24 George Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1RH

An original musical journey from the 5th Century settlement of Boerthlelm's Tun to Brighton in 1795, and affectionate portraits of the colourful inhabitants of 24 George St from its construction to present day Bom-Bane's.

The building’s story, filmed at Bom-Bane's Music Cafe by filmmaker Professor Steve Hawley, is told through songs written by Jane Bom-Bane, and sung and arranged by The Bom-Bane Family Singers - Eliza Skelton, Martin Peters, Daisy Jordan, Becca Dyer and Jane Bom-Bane.

Bom-Bane's will be doing a special menu to match the event, for those wanting to eat afterwards.

This event also celebrates Bom-Bane's 13th Birthday!

Opening Times

  • Friday 13 September: 1800-1845
  • Saturday 14 September: 1800-1845
  • Wednesday 18 September: 1800-1845
  • Thursday 19 September: 1800-1845
  • Friday 20 September: 1800-1845

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Call: 01273 606400 Email: janebombane@yahoo.co.uk

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

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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 15 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-62299369090

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

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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

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 15 September: 1430-1515

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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 21 September: 1300-1400

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/plaster-ornament-in-period-houses-tickets-62298468396

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 August 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session.

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Post-war Brighton & Hove in Film

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

Join us for the screening of a mid-20th century short film about the city (then two separate towns) by Brightonian John King.

This event is provided courtesy of Screen Archive South East and will last approximately half an hour with Q&A session after the film.

Opening Times

  • Friday 13 September: 1600-1700

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/post-war-brighton-hove-in-film-tickets-62298601795

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session.

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Preston Circus Fire Station

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Fire Station, Preston Circus, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4NZ

A guided tour around Brighton’s iconic Modernist Preston Circus Fire Station designed by Graeme Highet and erected 1938.

This is a rare chance to visit areas not normally open to the general public, including the bays which house the engines, the first floor with its original Art Deco-style parquet flooring, shiny panelled doors and terrazzo stairways with wavy ornamental ironwork banisters, plus an exceptional opportunity to visit parts of the now unused second floor where 6 firemen and their families used to live. Staff will tell you more of the building’s history and show you old photos and original 1938 plans.

Please note:
This is a working fire station, so please be aware of your surroundings and take care when walking through the building, particularly when you visit the second floor which is not currently in use. Please let a member of staff know if you have any mobility or health issues and note that only the ground floor is accessible to wheel chair users. The building is not suitable for those with poor mobility due to stairs and size of the area visited. And, lastly, please don’t expect everything to be perfect in a working building (that’s what makes it more exciting to visit)!

Guided tours will run every half hour from 11-12. Maximum number per group is 15 so booking essential and, regrettably, no extras or “turn-ups” can be accommodated on the day.

Toilet and disabled toilet facilities are available.

No refreshments onsite but many cafes opposite or nearby in London Road and area.

We look forward to seeing you at our beautiful building.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 15 September: 1100, 1130, 1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preston-circus-fire-station-tickets-64458550259

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. 60 minutes

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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 21 September: 1430 - 1600

Access Information

Mostly paths through the park

Additional information

90 minutes

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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 13 September: 1400-1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/profiles-of-the-past-exhibition-tickets-62298646930

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session.

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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

  • Sunday 15 September: 1100-1200

Directions

Meet at entrance to Brighton Museum

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Regency Square - architecture and history

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

Regency Square is one of the oldest squares in Brighton and Hove. It was the first of the city’s large seafront squares and became a major landmark even before it was complete.

Gill Wales describes the history of Regency Square, from its difficult beginnings, through the ups and downs of its 200 year survival. Gill explains how Regency Square came to be built on that spot, at that time, and introduces some of the key characters and events that influenced life in the square.
 

Opening Times

  • Thursday 19 September: 1400-1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/regency-square-architecture-and-history-tickets-62300026055

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 18 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session

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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. Join John Funnell on the 14th or John Skelton on the 21st.

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. In 2018 evidence was found of a large granary building, and a deep grain storage pit with pottery confirming a Late Iron Age date for the enclosure. There have been finds of pottery, animal bones and two baby burials. 

Opening Times

  • Saturday 14 September: 1200-1330
  • Saturday 21 September: 1200-1330

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rocky-clump-stanmer-excavation-tickets-62299382129

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 90 minutes

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 19 September: 1030-1200
  • Friday 20 September: 1030-1200
  • Saturday 21 September: 1030-1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/roedean-school-tour-tickets-62299826458

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 16 September 2019 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.

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Rottingdean - Smugglers and Storytellers

MEET: In front of the Rottingdean Terraces (set between the White Horse Pub [BN2 7HR] and the Undercliff Walk

WhiteHorse Hotel, High Street, Rottingdean, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 7HR

A walking tour through the scenic village of Rottingdean.

As a cultured retreat from neighbouring Brighton, the village has attracted writers and artists to visit or make their home here over the years. We hear about some of these creatives, including the famous storyteller, Rudyard Kipling. 

We hear how it’s one time remote, coastal location with access through the South Downs made Rottingdean an ideal place for smugglers of years past to go about their clandestine activities unimpeded!

We will meet in front of the Rottingdean Terraces (set between the White Horse Pub [BN2 7HR] and the Undercliff Walk), and will finish in the centre of the village. 

The tour last for 1 hour 45 minutes (approximately). The level of walking with this tour is moderate and involves a short hill climb, we will be walking off the established paths to explore the windmill and views, and appropriate footwear is recommended. 

Tour guided by Tania Noddings, Sussex Tours 
http://www.sussextours.co.uk/

Opening Times

  • Wednesday 18 September: 1400-1545

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rottingdean-tour-tickets-62300204589

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Access Information

The level of walking with this tour is moderate and involves a short hill climb, we will be walking off the established paths to explore the windmill and views, and appropriate footwear is recommended.

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 1 hour 45 minutes

Directions

We will meet in front of the Rottingdean Terraces (set between the White Horse Pub [BN2 7HR] and the Undercliff Walk), and will finish in the centre of the village.

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Rounding a Square

Top end of Powis Square near number 16, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3HG

A walk around the 'secretive' Powis Square

The walk will last about one hour and will give you the chance to learn something of the past residents and the scandals and the intrigue that went along with them. Find out about Ellen, the lowly servant and hear her remarkable life story and be amused by the evidence given by Detective Whittle following the burglary at number 8 in 1863. 

Meet at the upper entrance to the square at 11:55

Opening Times

  • Sunday 15 September: 1200-1300

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rounding-a-square-tickets-63667860284

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session.

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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

  • Sunday 22 September: 1100-1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secrets-of-the-sash-tickets-62298805404

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. 

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Sex and Shopping! A Guided Walk of Gardner Street and Orange Row

Meet: junction of Gardener 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 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 five minutes before the start of the walk

Opening Times

  • Sunday 15 September: 1100-1200 and 1300-1400

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-62299926758

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session.

Directions

Meet outside Gelato Gusto 5 mins before start time.

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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 15 September: 1300-1400

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/slaughter-in-trafalgar-street-and-more-tickets-62299997971

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. Walk takes an hour.

Directions

Meet at the North side of Pelham Square

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St Bartholomew’s Church

Ann Street, 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

  • Friday 13 September: 1000-1630
  • Saturday 14 September: 1000-1630
  • Sunday 15 September: 0900-1300 (Services at 9.30 and 11.00)
  • Friday 20 September: 1000-1630
  • Saturday 21 September: 1000-1630
  • Sunday 22 September: 0900-1300 (Services at 9.30 and 11.00)

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.

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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.

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.

The church 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 13 September: 1000-1600
  • Saturday 14 September: 1000-1600
  • Sunday 15 September: 1200-1600 following the Sunday mass at 10.45am

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

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

Directions

Located near to the 5B bus route

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St Mary’s, Kemp Town - Visit the Church, Eat Cake and Enjoy a Free Recital

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

St Mary’s Church was built in 1876–8 to designs by Sir William Emerson, PRIBA, and is his only surviving church in Britain.

The modest brick exterior conceals an interior of surprising volume and warmth, which reflects Emerson’s training under William Burges, the great Gothic Revivalist, but also the Indo-Islamic influences of a career spent largely in India, where he most famously built the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta (Kolkata). The interior is finely finished; the pier capitals, brick vaulting, pulpit, font, reredos and canopy, mosaic sanctuary floor, and choir stalls are all deserving of attention. 

There is an excellent range of stained-glass and cathedral-tint windows, including eight pictorial windows by Alfred Octavius Hemming. Other windows are by George William Luxford, James Powell & Sons, Burlison and Grylls, Franz Mayer of Munich, and Charles Eamer Kempe. 

Come and explore the church, chat with our history volunteers, and admire the results of our latest round of repairs, generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. At 3pm there will be a Cake and Prosecco Party to commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of the Friends of St Mary’s. Please drop by then if you are interested in joining the Friends, who find fun things to do while raising funds for the repair and improvement of the church’s historic fabric.

There is also a free recital at 6 pm when the Kelleth Piano Trio will be playing Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, which will be followed by complimentary refreshments. 

Opening Times

  • Saturday 14 September: 1000-1900

Access Information

Visit the church's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrightonStMary The church will be open from 9 am to 6 pm as part of the annual fundraising Ride & Stride day for the Sussex Historic Churches Trust. Refreshments will be available all day and volunteers will be on hand to explain the church’s history and architecture. There is a Cake and Prosecco Party at 3pm for the Friends of St Mary’s and a free recital at 6 pm when the Kelleth Piano Trio will be playing Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, which will be followed by complimentary refreshments.

Additional information

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

Directions

St Mary’s is the big red brick Victorian church on the corner of St James’s Street and Upper Rock Gardens. Buses 1, 2 and 7 from the centre of Brighton run right past the church; hop off at ‘Rock Gardens’ stop. On the 1A, get off at ‘Park Street’ and walk down towards the sea past the church. We’re wheelchair accessible, have toilets next door in the church hall, and welcome happy dogs on a lead.

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St Nicholas’ Church, Brighton

Dyke Road, 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 13 September: 1300-1500
  • Saturday 14 September: 1000-1700
  • Sunday 15 September: 1300-1500
  • Friday 20 September: 1300-1500
  • Saturday 21 September: 1000-1700
  • Sunday 22 September: 1300-1500

Access Information

Access for Wheelchairs through the South door

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St Paul’s Church - Open Door

West Street, 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. 

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 14 September: 1000-1500 Mass at 11:30
  • Sunday 15 September: 1000-1500 Mass at 11:00
  • Monday 16 September: 1000-1500 Mass at 11:30
  • Tuesday 17 September: 1000-1500 Mass at 11:30
  • Wednesday 18 September: 1000-1500 Mass at 11:30
  • Thursday 19 September: 1000-1500 Mass at 11:30
  • Saturday 21 September: 1030-1500 Mass at 11:30
  • Sunday 22 September: 1000-1500 Mass at 11:00

 

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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Sussex County Cricket Club - Tour of the Ground

Sussex County Cricket Club, Eaton Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3AN

Sussex County Cricket Club was the first First-Class County formed in 1839 and is the oldest professional sports team in the world.

Sussex have played at the ground in Eaton Road since 1871, after acquiring the land from the was Trustees of the Stanford Estate. The first county match was played at Eaton Road on 6 June 1872 against Gloucestershire, when WG Grace was amongst the opposition.

Come and join us for a behind the scenes tour that will include the Sussex Cricket Museum and other areas you don’t normally get to see. Worksheets suitable for 8-10 year old children will be available.

Tour lasts approx 1 hour.

Opening Times

  • Friday 20 September: Tours 1030-1130, 1200-1300, 1400-1500, 1530-1630

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sussex-county-cricket-club-tickets-64962256859

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 19 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session.

Directions

Meet outside the club reception.

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Sussex Masonic Centre

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

25 Queens Road, the headquarters of Sussex Freemasonry consists of two separate buildings joined together and added to Windsor House, constructed in about 1828.

The Art Deco extension was completed in 1928 and was designed specifically for Masonic use, the interior remains unchanged 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 which will detail the development of the building and of the area in the nineteenth century.

Duration: approximately one hour fifteen minutes.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 15 September: Tour 0900 & 1100
  • Sunday 22 September: Tour 0900 & 1100

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sussex-masonic-centre-tour-tickets-62300145412

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Access Information

Adults only please

Additional information

Max 40 people per tour/session. 75 minutes

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TAKE SHELTER! @ Downs Junior School

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

‘Take Shelter!’ is the only original WW2 Air Raid Shelter open to the public in the South of England, and our immersive museum allows visitors to experience what life was like for children in Brighton during the war years.

In 2019, our Heritage Open Days fall on the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WW2 so it’s an especially pertinent time to visit. 

Hidden away under the playground at Downs Junior School is an original 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 hidden away for over 30 years until it was discovered in 1985 during a routine drain inspection. Initial refurbishment was carried out in 2012, and then after major restoration work the shelter was opened as an immersive museum in 2016.

Visitors will experience what life was like during the war years with first hand stories brought to life with rare local photographs, archive video clips and a bombing simulation.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 21 September: 1000-1600
  • Sunday 22 September: 1000-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/take-shelter-tickets-62300164469

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 19 September 2019 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.

Directions

The shelter is under the top playground so please use the Ditchling Road entrance to Downs Junior School (adjacent to Grantham Road). Our free guided tours start every 15 minutes from 10:00 until 15:15 and must be booked in advance. Our tours start promptly so visitors need to arrive and check-in for their pre-booked tours at least 5 minutes before the start time. While we will do our best to accommodate visitors who arrive late and miss their start time, will be offering any tickets not collected at the time of the start of the tours to walk-in visitors. If we are fully booked it may not be possible to offer alternative times so please arrive in good time.

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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

  • Friday 13 September: 1130-1300

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-brunswick-town-walk-tickets-62298652948

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 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 30 minutes. There are no mobility issues as such although participants will need to be able to keep up with the pace of the group.

North Laine was once Brighton’s industrial suburb with water, animals and wood being processed into beer, ginger beer and mineral water, meat and furniture. Much of North Laine’s Victorian townscape is still there to be seen and in recognition of this North Laine became a Conservation Area in 1977. If you would like to know more about North Laine’s history and the buildings which reflect that history, why not join Peter on one of his walks. We start from Brighton Museum and return to Church St about 90 minutes later. If you want a foretaste of what we will see go to the website www.northlainehistory.info

Opening Times

  • Sunday 15 September: Tour 1100-1230
  • Thursday 19 September: Tour 1100-1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-development-of-north-laine-as-brightons-industrial-and-commercial-suburb-tickets-62300314919

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Access Information

Toilets available in Museum prior to departure.

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. 90 minutes

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

  • Saturday 21 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-62298679026

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session.

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The Feibusch Nativity Mural At St Wilfrid’s

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

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 Eclectic style. John Betjeman called it "about the best 1930s church there is".

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

Guides Historian Sarah Tobias and Stephen Lansley from Hyde Housing

Opening Times

  • Friday 13 September: 1100-1300

Directions

Please note that this is no longer a public building and to 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. Stephen Lansley represents Hyde Housing who maintain the building. No toilets or refreshments

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The Keep - Britain on Film: Protest!

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

The Keep invites you to a special screening of 'Britain on Film: Protest!'

This new collection of films from the British Film Institute archives explores the nature and effects of public activism and protest in 20th century Britain. Individual film clips range from Suffragettes to anti-fascist demonstrators, campaigners for Gay Rights to peace protestors. This screening will take place during this year’s Heritage Open Day weekend, and will be accompanied by a display of relevant original material from The Keep’s archives.

The screening is free but booking is essential as numbers will be limited. For booking details, more information and to view the trailer, please visit our website: http://www.thekeep.info/events

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

Opening Times

  • Saturday 14 September: 1330-1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://thekeep.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/23350?catID=22999&

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 13 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 100 people per tour/session. Film is 77 minutes For more information, please see our website, http://www.thekeep.info/events/

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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The Regency Town House Tour

13 Brunswick Square, 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

  • Friday 13 September: 0930-1100

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-regency-town-house-tour-tickets-62298794371

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 90 minutes 

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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 Secret Garden is unique in Brighton & Hove, the only garden of its type in the city, and the only place where major outdoor works of sculpture can be shown in a secure setting.

The Garden's beautiful planting scheme is the perfect backdrop for artworks and the garden itself is an oasis of calm in which to enjoy them. 

A stunning selection of major works by William Pye, the internationally acclaimed sculptor is on exhibition here. This very special show has engaged a wide audience from art lovers, to those new to sculpture, and also children. William Pye’s sculptures are made principally from stainless steel and cast bronze, and moving water is integral to most of his work. His sculptures may be seen in public places and private gardens throughout the world, and this is a rare opportunity to enjoy an exciting range of his finest pieces, carefully chosen to suit this specific location.

The Secret Garden is run by Antony Dale Trust, a registered UK charity, governed by a small board of dedicated trustees

Opening Times

  • Saturday 14 September: 1100-1700
  • Sunday 15 September: 1100-1700
  • Saturday 21 September: 1100-1700
  • Sunday 22 September: 1100-1700

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The Secret Garden, Hove

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

Our Secret Garden is a secret no more! In 2018 we won the Best in Britain Community Garden “Outstanding” award.

Over the last 5 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; seating area; 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, pond management, and general garden upkeep, and has included swarm collection.

We invite school children to learn about plants and pollinators and welcome Duke of Edinburgh award students. Wheelchair accessible with a paved pathway around the garden, including bench seating.

Free entry with a donations pot available

Opening Times

  • Saturday 21 September: 1100-1400

Access Information

There is disabled access within the Secret Garden with wide paths but the entrance path through the church graveyard could be a challenge for a wheelchair user.  The garden encourages children accompanied by their parents to work or play alongside us to educate and enhance their knowledge of growing things and wildlife.

 

 

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The Secrets of St Helen’s Churchyard

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

A talk in the church by local historian Trevor Povey will occur at 7pm. This will tell the stories, characters and legends connected to this ancient, interesting churchyard.

Refreshments will be available to purchase and you will have the opportunity to sign up for a guided walk around the churchyard next Spring. 

The churchyard is not very large but is very uneven in places so sensible shoes will be needed.

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 13 September: Tour 1900-2000

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.

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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 the West Pier Piazza which celebrates the West Pier and its history. Opened in 2017, the site features a ‘Golden Spiral’ made up of recovered West Pier columns.

Come and find out about the West Pier, the 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 West Pier Centre is located in a renovated arch unit near the Golden Spiral. It marks the return of the West Pier Trust to the seafront and functions 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 13 September: 1100-1500
  • Saturday 14 September: 1100-1500
  • Sunday 15 September: 1100-1500
  • Friday 20 September: 1100-1500
  • Saturday 21 September: 1100-1500
  • Sunday 22 September: 1100-1500

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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 20 September: Tour 1130-1245
  • Saturday 21 September: Tour 1130-1245

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/theatre-royal-brighton-tour-tickets-62300298871

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Access Information

We recommend wearing sensible shoes as there will be stairs involved and tight spaces. There are no lifts or seating available on the tour.

 

Additional information

 

Max 25 people per tour/session.

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Thomas Kemp’s Seaside Estate

Meet outside 13 Arundel Terrace, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1FG

A look at the history, architecture and notable residents of the Kemp Town Estate since 1826

Join Keith Paulin (on 14th) or Simon Smith (on 21st) to explore Thomas Kemp's grand design for the estate and learn about the history, architecture and notable residents of the largest Georgian Seaside Estate in England, now nearly 200 years old. 

To include a walk in the Enclosures.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 14 September: 1400-1500
  • Saturday 21 September: 1400-1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thomas-kemps-seaside-estate-tickets-62300280817

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. 60 minutes

Directions

Meet outside 13 Arundel Terrace.

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Trams in Brighton!

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

It is not always known that Brighton had its own tramway system in operation from 1901-1939. At one point it was the major people mover around the city! Brighton also built its own trams for over twenty years.

This talk explains in the first part how the system came about, where it operated and its eventual demise. 

The second part of the talk focuses on the restoration of the last surviving passenger tram, number 53 and the works car, number 1. Both will be rebuilt to run again and tram 53 is getting close to that state. 

Moves are afoot to bring trams back to Brighton!

The talk is given by the chairman of the Brighton tram 53 group, Guy Hall, and will last around 60 minutes with time for questions afterwards.

Opening Times

  • Wednesday 18 September: 1800-1915

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/restoration-of-brightons-tram-53-tickets-62299748224

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 16 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 25 people per tour/session. 60 minutes plus question

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“Landscape, Seascape and Skyscape” in a dark room - Foredown Tower

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

The Viewing Galley of the Foredown Tower in Portslade with its large camera obscura, will be open, free to visitors, on Tuesday 17th September & Thursday 19th September, between 10.30 am and 2.00 pm.

The small shop will be open, selling light refreshments. There is a small well-tended garden with seating and free parking outside.

The Viewing Gallery and Camera Obscura give excellent views (depending on the weather) of the local landscape of the South Downs, from the Isle of Wight and Worthing to the coastal urban area of Brighton & Hove; the seascape of ships, harbour and wind farm, and changing skyscape of clouds and sky. 

Find out about the history of the Foredown Tower, built in 1909 for the old Isolation Hospital and the history of the camera obscura installed in 1991, and perhaps even a little about telescopes and astronomy.

Opening Times

  • Tuesday 17 September: 1030-1400
  • Thursday 19 September: 1030-1400

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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.

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

Opening Times

  • Sunday 22 September: 1100 - 1600

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

  • Friday 13 September: 1200-1330
  • Saturday 14 September: 1400-1530
  • Sunday 15 September: 1400-1530
  • Monday 16 September: 1200-1330
  • Tuesday 17 September: 1200-1330
  • Wednesday 18 September: 1200-1330
  • Thursday 19 September: 1200-1330
  • Friday 20 September: 1200-1330
  • Saturday 21 September: 1400-1530

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shoreham-lifeboat-station-tour-tickets-62299975905

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. Tour lasts 90 minutes

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Brighton’s Western Road - More than Shopping

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

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

  • Sunday 15 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

St Nicholas Church doorway

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North Laine - Beanfields to Bohemia

Meet at Brighton Museum Entrance, Pavilion Gardens, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1EE

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

  • Saturday 14 September: 1500-1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

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

Additional information

A walk through the North Laine area noting its historic features and rapid urban change.

Directions

Meet at Brighton Museum Entrance.

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Old Town - Twittens and Tourists

Meet at Brighton Museum Entrance, Pavilion Gardens, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1EE

A walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead exploring the Old Town (The Lanes) in central Brighton.

Hear about the history of the Old Town conservation area and see how it's developing.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 14 September: 1000-1200

Booking Details

No booking required

Directions

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

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Valley Gardens - 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 exploring the Valley Gardens area of central Brighton.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 14 September: 1300-1445

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

1 hour 45 minutes For updates on this event and any last minute changes, see: http://www.rth.org.uk/BHOD19

Directions

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

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West Hill – Hidden in Plain Sight

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

Up on the Hill-a walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead. A stroll through the Clifton Hill-Montpelier area, Brighton's quality Victorian suburb

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

Opening Times

  • Sunday 15 September: 1500-1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Directions

St Nicholas Church doorway

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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

  • Sunday 15 September: 1300-1445

Booking Details

No booking required

Directions

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

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Decades of Denman

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

A display of John Leopold Denman's architectural drawings demonstrating how his style developed through the years.

The display is presented by the decade in which Denman produced the drawings of some of Brighton and Hove's most interesting buildings.

Viewing the original drawings will help prepare anyone contemplating joining the tour on Sunday 15 September: 1100-1200 - see 'Pubs, Banks and Pylons - The Architectural Legacy of John Leopold Denman'

Opening Times

  • Saturday 14 September: 1030-1600

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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 13 September: 1800-1930
  • Friday 20 September: 1800-1930

 

Access Information

This tour is mostly on flat pavements, just one gentle hill being negotiated.
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The Aubrey Beardsley Tour

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

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

The tour concludes with an optional visit to The Yellow Book cafe/bar on York Place.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 15 September: 1100-1300
  • Sunday 22 September: 1100-1300

 

Additional information

90-120 minutes

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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 13 September: 1000-1100
  • Friday 20 September: 1000-1100

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/duke-of-yorks-cinema-tickets-62299300886

Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00

Booking closes: 12 September 2019 16:00

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 15 people per tour/session. 45 minutes

 

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