Heritage Open Day

Join us for a free day packed with entertainment and activities.

Get some insider knowledge on our behind the scenes tours (and get a glimpse of the famed underground tunnel running beneath the Royal Pavilion Estate), buff up on your Brighton Dome and local history knowledge with our series of talks, enjoy live music, games and a spot of crafting for kids and adults. 

As well as all of this, we’ll be here to answer your questions about our exciting redevelopment works and you can discover how the transformation of our nationally important Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre will restore long-lost heritage features, as well as provide new, state-of the art facilities.

Alexandra Loske, Curator of the Jane Austen by the Sea and Visions of the Royal Pavilion Estate exhibitions, will be talking about Jane Austen's special relationship with bathing, watering places and the seaside in general. Based on work carried out on all three Regency Season displays at the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museums in 2017, the talk will highlight surprising stories of lost designs and buildings of Brighton, entertainment in seaside town enjoyed by Austen herself and characters in her novels, and challenge the notion that Jane Austen hated Brighton. A special focus will be Austen’s last, unfinished novel 'Sanditon', set in a fictional seaside resort on the Sussex coast. (2.30pm – 3.30pm in the Concert Hall).

Other talks and activities will be added over the next few weeks – stay tuned for more details!

Sun 10 Sep
10am – 5.15pm

Tour times:
10.30am (BSL Interpreted)

Pre-booking for tours is essential