At the turn of the last century, the Brighton Women’s Social & Political Union was one of the country's most active regional branches of the movement and they regularly disturbed political meetings held at Brighton Dome or the Royal Pavilion. In January 1910, two suffragettes (Eva Bourne and Mary Leigh) were arrested at Brighton Dome. They were discovered hiding inside the venue’s organ, about to cry out ‘Votes for Women’ through the pipes to disrupt Prime Minister Asquith’s speech. More >
A premier visit
Winston Churchill visited Brighton Dome in October 1947 for the post-war Conservative Party Conference.
Let there be light
In 1881, Brighton-based inventor Magnus Volk installed a telephone mouthpiece on the conference speaker’s podium in the Concert Hall, which was connected to eight listening devices on Volk’s exhibition stand at the adjacent Royal Pavilion. Volk also fitted the Corn Exchange with electric lights in the 1880s. His work can still be experienced in Brighton today aboard the Volks Railway - the world's oldest operating electric railroad.
Over the years the Dome buildings have been used for all kinds of sporting events including static cycle races, roller-skating, boxing and wrestling.
In 2004, the Concert Hall was transformed into a giant marble by the artist Graeme Gilmour who used 12 kilometres of cling-film to shrink-wrap the building.