Witchcraft & Archaeology: A Busy July in Brighton

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With a busy summer break coming up we have rounded up the highlights of what the Royal Pavilion & Museum has to offer this July.

Discovery Day: The Battle of Boar’s Head (Thursday 30th June, free admission)

To mark the Battle of Boar’s Head’s centenary there is a drop in day at Brighton Pavilion. The exhibit will include World War 2 re-enactors and items from the museums collections. Stories of the battle will be told and members of the British Legion will be attending. A great way to learn about some of Brighton’s history and to mark this important battle.  http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/discovery-day-battle-of-boars-head/

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Sussex’s Regiment before the battle


Dig It! Family Archaeology Day (Brighton and Hove Museum, Saturday 16th July, 11-4pm)

Families are welcome to come and find out what it is that an archaeologists actually do at this free drop in event. It has the opportunity to meet archaeologists and discover hidden treasures across Brighton. The perfect way to entertain adventurous kids this summer.  http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/dig-it-family-archaeology-day/

Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern Witchcraft in Britain. (Preston Manor, free admission)

Preston Manor is hosting a unique display of manuscripts, artefacts and other items that relates to witchcraft from the personal collection of Doreen Valientine. Doreen was posthumously awarded a blue plaque for her home in Brighton in 2013, making her the first witch to have one. Come and learn about some of Britain’s folk-law in this interesting exhibit, running until autumn. http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/what-to-see/folklore-magic-and-mysteries-modern-witchcraft-and-folk-culture-in-britain/

Doreen Valiente was a Brighton based witch.

The Royal Pavilion as a Hospital for Limbless Soldiers (Royal Pavilion, free with admission). 

During the First World War over 6,000 amputee soldiers received treatment, rehabilitation and training at the Royal Pavilion. There are panels in the Royal Pavilion’s rooms to find out more about this fascinating and moving story. http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/the-royal-pavilion-as-a-hospital-for-limbless-soldiers/.

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Brighton Dome as a Military Hospital, WW1 (c) Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
The Brighton Dome was a military hospital during WW1.

Fine Art Re-Hang: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (from July the 7th, Fine Art Gallery in Hove.)

Fine Art Gallery in Hove will be hosting a display of fine art from the cities collection, focussing on artists’ interpretations of people at work. This is a family friendly display and perfect to soak up some of Brighton and Hove’s culture.

Summer of Style (From July 23rd, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Free with admission).

This is an all ages exhibit where there is the chance to dress up and play in the Fashion Gallery. Design, create and try on your own experiments at this family friendly day out. http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/summer-of-style/

Bite Size Museum Talks (Tuesdays, 12pm. Free with admission at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery). 

Every Tuesday from the 5th July there is a pop up guided tour and talk taking a closer look at some of the stories at the Pavilion. The
talks include a Wonderful Wildlife exhibit, Hollingbury Hillfort, the Buried Blackrock Hoard and Romano British Brighton. More details can be found here: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/category/bite-size-museum

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A bite-size talk at the museum.

Arts and Craft Club (Saturdays, £6 Hove Museum). 

Every Saturday Hove Museum is offering the chance for 8-12 year olds to come and construct, draw and paint after being inspired by the Museums artefacts. Remember to pre book!  http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/arty-crafty-club-2/.

LGBTQ Museum Trail (£5.20, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery). 

Brighton and Hove is often referred to as the gay capital of the U.K, and Brighton Museum is exploring that title with a display of objects with a LGBTQ connection.  There is also a guided tour of the display. Find out more at http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/what-to-see/lgbtq-museum-trail/

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One of the paintings in the exhibit – Acrobats Waiting To Rehearse by Glyn Philpot, 1935.
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