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Memories sought to help reawaken the Royal Pavilion Estate


Do you have any memories of Brighton Dome Corn Exchange or Studio Theatre (formerly Pavilion Theatre)? As we prepare for their refurbishment we’d love you to share your stories with us and contribute to the history of our iconic venues.

Alongside a major refurbishment of the nationally-important Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre – part of an ambitious culture and heritage-led vision for the whole of the Royal Pavilion Estate, the first phase of our proposed development plans includes the creation of new interpretation and activities that will help tell the history of the site.

Led by Heritage Development and Design specialists Tricolor, this part of the project will reveal inspirational stories, unfold layers of history, thought and knowledge and help more people learn, understand and care about the Estate and its history, making them more accessible for all.

Following an introductory session at this year’s Heritage Open Day, Tricolor are asking people to delve into their memory banks and share their stories to help reawaken the Royal Pavilion Estate.

Dr Amy Barnes, Consultant at Tricolor Associates said: “We’d love to involve the public as much as possible in the creation of storylines and narratives for the new interpretation - it's the people that make a place. Memories, ephemera, photographs - these are the things that make history relevant and meaningful.”

As well as the online call-out, Tricolor will be running a series of memory sharing opportunities over the coming months that will also include formal oral history interviewing and drop-in 'digitisation days' during which members of the public can bring in items related to the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre to be scanned and become part of the Brighton Dome archive.

To send us your memories, email us at [javascript protected email address]

Follow the link to find out more about how our development plans are progressing and how you can help us build for our future.