Suffragette Argus Article

Who were the suffragettes found hiding in Brighton Dome's organ?

6 Feb 2020

Brighton Dome was an important centre of activity for Brighton members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the early twentieth century, with suffragette leaders Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst, Emmeline Pethick Lawrence and Lady Emily Lutyens at the forefront of the WSPU. In 2018, Brighton Dome was officially…
Brighton Dome Concert Hall after its 1867 transformation by architect Philip Lockwood

Heritage Talk: Women in Entertainment with Louise Peskett

14 Jan 2020

Louise Peskett joins us on Fri 7 Feb for a lunchtime talk delving into the history of women entertainers who have appeared in some of Brighton’s much-loved venues, including our very own Concert Hall. We speak to Louise to find out more about the notorious women of Brighton and what to expect from her talk. Hi…

From Tea Dances to Rock n Roll, Bring Your Stories to Life for Our Heritage Project

9 Jan 2020

Were you mesmerised by Pink Floyd’s first performance of Dark Side of the Moon? Did you sneak into David Bowie’s infamous 1973 Ziggy Stardust gig as a teenager? Have you got a special memory of taking part in Brighton Festival Children’s Parade? Or did you ever perform on the Brighton Dome stage?Brighton Dome &…
Brighton Dome used as a military hospital for wounded Indian soldiers during World War I

A look back at 2019: A celebration of Brighton Dome’s history

30 Dec 2019

As we continue our exciting journey to restore and reunite the Royal Pavilion Estate buildings and gardens, we have been celebrating our rich history and heritage through a series of heritage events at Brighton Dome. Here is a look-back at events celebrating our history and future:Heritage Organ TourWe opened our…

Illuminating our history: The Heritage Chandelier Project

17 Dec 2019

Three new magnificent paper chandeliers are hanging in Brighton Dome’s foyer this Christmas. Made by pupils from local primary schools together with Brighton based arts charity Same Sky, we invited hundreds of children to take part in a craft project inspired by Brighton Dome’s unique history. Brighton Dome hasn’t…
Image Credit:The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove

Royal Pavilion Garden receives National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund support

10 Dec 2019

Brighton & Hove City Council and The Royal Pavilion & Museums have been awarded initial support and development funding of £214,400 by The National Heritage Lottery Fund in order to progress plans to improve and enhance the historic Royal Pavilion Garden. Improving and protecting the Royal…
Brighton Dome used as a military hospital for wounded Indian soldiers during World War I

Wartime Entertainment at Brighton Dome

3 Dec 2019

While we’ve been transforming Brighton Dome for the future, we have recruited Historical Research Volunteers to dig into our past and uncover stories from our 216-year long history. Heritage volunteer, George Meredith uncovers one of many fascinating stories...During World War I, Brighton Dome operated as a hospital for…

Photographer Carlotta Luke Documents Restoration of Heritage Features inside the Corn Exchange & Studio Theatre

8 Nov 2019

Architectural photographer Carlotta Luke has been documenting the transformation and restoration of Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre and its heritage features. Based in East Sussex, Carlotta is originally from New England, USA, and specialises in architectural documentary photography. Her work…

Most Haunted: The Ghosts of Brighton Dome’s Past

24 Oct 2019

Gather round! This Halloween, we thought we’d share with you some eerie tales from our storied past, of ghosts and ghouls, mysterious moments and paranormal sightings on the Royal Pavilion Estate. Our venues have seen a lot in their 200 years of history; as the Prince Regents stables, host to a military hospital during…
Seun Kuti

Fela Kuti in Brighton: the Afrobeat pioneer’s connection to the city

16 Sep 2019

Fela Kuti was a legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer, composer, musician and political activist. His parents sent him to London in 1958 hoping that he would study medicine and become a doctor. Instead, Kuti decided to study music and composition at Trinity College London. In an interview in Songlines, his son Femi recalls…
History & Heritage

From Horrible Histories to Famous Faces Discover Brighton Dome’s Fascinating Heritage Facts

1 Sep 2019

This Autumn, Brighton Dome is celebrating its 216-year long history at open days, in talks, tours and other heritage events. Learn more about the venue through ten fascinating facts below before coming along to events this season to hear the full stories.When it was first built in 1806, the Brighton Dome roof was constructed…

A glimpse into our fabulous performance history

24 Jul 2019

As the city gears up for Brighton & Hove Pride 2019 we took a look at some of the many LGBTQI+ artists that have graced our stages during our 152 year-history as a performance venue.Douglas Byng’s last ever performance, Brighton Dome Pavilion Theatre, 1986Douglas Coy Byng (1893 to 1987) was a cabaret megastar. Aged…

Brighton Dome is proud to support Fly the Flag campaign

17 Jun 2019

Brighton Dome is proud to support Fly the Flag, a UK-wide arts initiative marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 24 to 30 June. Artist and activist Ai Weiwei has created a special flag, commissioned to educate future generations about the importance of human rights.…

The works so far: photographer Carlotta Luke shares her favourite photos from the project

12 Jun 2019

Architectural documentary photographer Carlotta Luke shares with us her favourite photos from her work documenting the grand transformation of our Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre as well as the new Gallery and Creative Space.Jun 2017My first site visit to the Corn Exchange was also the first time I had been…

Corn Exchange & Studio Theatre Restoration Brings Statue Back to Life

23 Apr 2019

An Art Deco statue depicting the Roman Goddess of Agriculture is being restored as part of our building refurbishment. Standing above the entrance to the Corn Exchange on Church Street, Ceres was sculpted in 1935 by renowned artist James Woodford OBE RA (1893-1976).The statue was crafted by Woodford in a distinct ornamental…

In Photos: Building Update Mar 2019

29 Mar 2019

Take a look at the latest progress on-site, as heritage feature continue to be restored, new spaces and state-of-the-art facilities are being built. The new Gallery space is really starting to come together, with flooring being placed on the lower floor and on parts of the upper floor. These two spaces will become…
CEX Roof

Building Work Update: Accessibility Improvements

14 Mar 2019

As part of the major redevelopment works to our Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre, and the brand-new spaces, improvements are being made to ensure all areas are more accessible for everyone.This includes new and accessible toilets, new hearing assistance systems, and a new public lift inside the Ticket Office, providing…

Jazz Pioneers: The Southern Syncopated Orchestra

23 Nov 2018

While we’ve been transforming Brighton Dome for the future, we have recruited Historical Research Volunteers to dig into our past, and uncover some of the fascinating stories from our 200-year history. This month, the volunteers have been focusing on the pioneering black artists who have graced our stage. Here's…
Brighton Dome used as a military hospital for wounded Indian soldiers during World War I

The Royal Pavilion Estate: Wartime History

9 Nov 2018

The Royal Pavilion Estate's wartime history played an important role in the recovery of wounded soldiers. Find out more about the care soldiers received from the Pavilion Military Hospital and 'Dr Brighton' The Pavilion HospitalBetween 1 Dec 1914 and 28 Aug 1920, over 10,000 wounded soldiers were nursed back to health…
Brighton Festival Chorus

Hubert Parry’s ‘From Death to Life’ and the 1914 Brighton Musical Festival

12 Oct 2018

The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert on Sun 14 Oct includes Sir Hubert Parry’s symphonic poem for orchestra From Death to Life which was a Brighton Festival commission in 1914, see the event page.In 1914, 104 years ago, concert goers would have gathered in the Brighton Dome Concert Hall to see the premiere…

Recently-discovered historic signage and a rare glimpse into Brighton Dome’s ambitious redevelopment works at Heritage Open Day

12 Sep 2018

Visitors will be given a unique opportunity to peek into Brighton Dome’s ambitious redevelopment works as part of Heritage Open Day this Saturday (15 Sep, 10am - 4.30pm).The Corn Exchange doors on Brighton Dome’s West Corridor will be opened for the first time since works began, to give visitors a taste of the extensive…

Explore our fascinating history and heritage this autumn

4 Sep 2018

We have some exciting events this autumn that look back and celebrate over 200 years of our history, from tours and talks to activities and concerts, there is something for everyone!Ninety-Four Years of Brighton’s Own OrchestraFri 14 Sep, 1pmTake a look back through ninety-four years of Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra in…

Photos: Magnificent glass roof sheds new light on redevelopment project

31 Jul 2018

Our brand new spaces are really starting to come together. Glass for the skylight is now installed, so you can begin to picture the new Gallery Bar, looking in to the venue through grand Corn Exchange windows, and the Creative Space above which will provide bright, natural light."I was impressed with how…
 The 200 to 300-year-old remains of 18 individuals, discovered during redevelopment work at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange on the city’s Royal Pavilion Estate last year, have been laid to rest at the Memorial Cemetery, Woodingdean.

Historic remains discovered on Quakers’ Croft site laid to rest

19 Jul 2018

The 200 to 300-year-old remains of 18 individuals, discovered during redevelopment work at our Corn Exchange on the city’s Royal Pavilion Estate last year, have been laid to rest at the Memorial Cemetery, Woodingdean. The remains, which were found underneath the area formerly used as the venue’s mini conference room,…
Suffragette Argus Article

Brighton Dome’s suffragette history officially recognised in nation’s heritage list

8 Jun 2018

100 years on from the first women in the country being granted the right to vote, Brighton Dome has been officially recognised as one of 41 buildings across England that were at the centre of suffragette action. The sites, which include Westminster Abbey, Epsom Racecourse, and Manchester’s Free Trade Hall, have been…

Photos: Take a peek at the latest update from behind the hoardings

4 Jun 2018

Our Studio Theatre is really making progress, with the steel frames now installed to form the new balcony seating. Heritage features of the Corn Exchange can now be seen, with the paint completely stripped off the arched roof. On the north side of the space, the balcony structure is complete, with the steel in place…
David Bowie at Brighton Dome

Local journalist Melita Dennett recalls the life-changing moment when she saw David Bowie at Brighton Dome

23 May 2018

Imagine, or re-live, the moment David Bowie performed Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane at Brighton Dome, on this day in 1973, with help from Melita Dennett's wonderfully detailed recollection of the show (even down to the nail varnish she wore)“And then came the news I'd been awaiting: Bowie was playing in Brighton.…
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Seat dedications - celebrating our performance history

17 May 2018

As part of the major refurbishment of the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre we will be installing brand new seating, including fixed balcony levels in both venues. The work will not only increase the number of seats (up to 500 in the Corn Exchange and 200 in Studio Theatre), it will improve the sound-proofing,…

Videos: Meet the Archaeologists helping us uncover our rich history

9 Jan 2018

WW1 letters and a 200-year-old Quaker burial ground were among last year’s exciting discoveries during our redevelopment work at the Studio Theatre and Corn Exchange. We caught up with the team at Archaeology South East to find out more about what they have learned from their post-excavation assessments:Uncovering a…
ABBAversary at Brighton Dome 2014

Eurovision returns to Brighton Dome!

16 Nov 2017

Over 40 years after playing host to Abba’s famous Eurovision victory, our historic concert hall is to stage BBC2’s Eurovision: You Decide 2018, co-hosted by Måns Zelmerlöw and Mel Giedroyc Eurovision: You Decide, the national song selection show for the UK entry, will take place on Wed 7 Feb 2018, live from Brighton…
Four Tops at Brighton Dome

Celebrating Black History Month: A glimpse into our past...

23 Oct 2017

Throughout its history, Brighton Dome has played host to some of the world’s finest black and Asian artists, across artforms, from Jimi Hendrix in 1967 to Anoushka Shankar in 2003.Among the legends who have graced the stage at Brighton Dome are early jazz pioneers, the Southern Syncopated Orchestra, which played at Brighton…

Celebrating Black History Month: Family Open Day at Brighton Dome

20 Oct 2017

We had a wonderful time hosting the celebration of African Caribbean arts and culture at the Black History Month Family Day.Thank you to everyone who came along to enjoy this special event and to those who contributed their time and energy. We remember some of our favourite moments with this photo gallery...Maracatu opened…
Brighton Dome Quaker Burial  Excavation August 2017

Two more historic burials discovered at Quaker’s Croft site on Royal Pavilion Estate

31 Aug 2017

Two more burials, believed to be 200-300 years old, have been uncovered at the historic Quaker’s Croft site which was discovered earlier this month during redevelopment work at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange on the city’s Royal Pavilion Estate.This recent discovery - thought to be the final remaining burials on-site –…

In pictures: Excavations at historic Quaker burial site on Royal Pavilion Estate

19 Jul 2017

New images - which have just been released - give a unique insight into excavations at the historic Quaker burial site which was discovered during redevelopment work at Brighton Dome Corn ExchangeA total of 15 complete skeletons have been exhumed and removed from underneath the area that was formerly the venue’s mini…

200-year-old Quaker burial site discovered on Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Estate

5 Jul 2017

The historic site has been discovered during redevelopment work at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange.Skeletons have been uncovered on-site and are in the process of being exhumed respectfully and sensitively from underneath the area that was formerly the venue’s mini conference room. The remains are thought to be from 'Quakers…

Blue Plaque unveiled at Brighton Dome by BBC in honour of ABBA’s landmark 1974 Eurovision win

27 Jun 2017

A Blue Plaque unveiled at Brighton Dome honouring music legends Abba is one of 47 announced on Wednesday 14 June by BBC Local Radio, BBC Asian Network and The British Plaque Trust, commemorating people or places that have influenced the musical landscape across the country.BBC Sussex’s Blue Plaque, on Brighton Dome,…
Brighton Rockers Roller Derby at Brighton

Brighton Dome Corn Exchange recalls its skating rink history by hosting Roller Derby Special

23 Nov 2016

The historic Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, itself once a popular skating rink back in the 1870s, is to be the unique setting for a one of the fastest growing sports in the world, Roller Derby (Sat 10 Dec, 4.45pm). Played on roller skates it's a high impact, high scoring, full contact sport.Brighton's home team - the Brighton…
Brighton Dome exterior

Memories sought to help reawaken the Royal Pavilion Estate

7 Sep 2016

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…
History & Heritage

Heritage Open Day: The Royal Pavilion Estate as it was and might have been

2 Sep 2016

Ahead of her talk at this year’s Heritage Open Day, Alexandra Loske, Curator at the Royal Pavilion, gives an insight into some of the lesser known facts about this gem in the heart of the cityLast year I became the Curator of the Royal Pavilion Archives and have been spending much time looking at materials relating…
Photo by Peter Prior

Brighton Dome Heritage: Sitting in the Stalls - you’re sitting in the Stables!

18 Aug 2016

A brief history of Brighton Dome Concert Hall Next time you're visiting Brighton’s famous 'Dome' (now our Concert Hall) to see a show try to arrive early. Take your seat in the stalls, relax and take a moment to imagine these surroundings as the home of Prince George's horses. That's right, not much longer than 200 years…
Brighton Dome exterior

£5 million funding boost for the Royal Pavilion Estate

28 Jan 2016

Brighton & Hove City Council, The Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival are delighted to announce that their joint vision to revitalise the Royal Pavilion Estate has been awarded nearly £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).The money will help to pay…
Snow Queen at Brighton Dome

What’s on at Brighton Dome: Mon 21 Dec – Sun 3 Jan

18 Dec 2015

Crumbs it's already Christmas! We hope you all have lots of excellent plans and heaps of fun, but if you fancy a little break from all the traditional yuletide activities and want to see some high-flying daredevilry, bewitching dance or a spot of satirical comedy, then we’ve got plenty of events for you to enjoy over…
Gemma Rosefield with Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra at Brighton Dome

Prince Regent’s cello heads to Brighton Dome for special concert

27 Oct 2015

311-year-old instrument is played at Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra concert. A cello once owned and played by the Prince Regent, later King George IV, is to feature in Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s November concert at Brighton Dome. The instrument, made in Naples in 1704 by Alessandro Gagliano, was allegedly…
Brighton Dome Concert Hall. Photo by Peter Prior

Brighton Dome receives grant from American Express Foundation to restore distinctive heritage features

29 Sep 2015

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival have been awarded $80,000 from the prestigious American Express foundation to restore some of Brighton Dome’s heritage features.The grant will enable a variety of improvements including renovations of the Dome’s decorative pinnacles, distinctive mosaic flooring and upgrades to…

Hauntings, Strange Smells, Roller Skating and ABBA...

22 Jun 2015

Brighton Dome's colourful history and heritage...Our venues have seen a lot. What building completed in 1808 hasn’t? Here's a little kiss and tell piece about a few of the things we’ve seen and heard.Some believe that we are situated on the site of a Saxon cemetery, which could explain some of the alleged paranormal…
Photo by Victor Frankowski

HLF earmarks £5m to Royal Pavilion Estate

24 Nov 2014

Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival are delighted to announce that their joint vision to revitalise the Royal Pavilion Estate has received a significant funding boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).The Heritage Lottery Fund has earmarked a sum of £5m to the project - subject…

Shostakovich Stories: 10 facts about one of Russia's most influential composers

13 Nov 2014

This weekend Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra join us for Sublime Shostakovich. In homage to a lineage of influential Russian composers - who have shaped the form of classical music as we know it - they'll present a stunning evening of music performing Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.2 alongside works from Tchaikovsky…
Royal stables

Arts Council England pledges £5.8m towards first phase in vision to revitalise Royal Pavilion Estate

21 Oct 2014

We are delighted to announce that Arts Council England has pledged £5.8m towards a major revitalisation of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s heritage venues following a successful bid by the joint custodians of the Royal Pavilion Estate – Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival.The…

Wrestling with Brighton Dome's Sporting Past

3 Aug 2014

Forget the Rock and Hulk Hogan, Brighton Dome has it’s own legendary wrestlers – Francis ‘the Cornish Wonder’ Gregory and John ‘Italian’ Devalto. With the next in the series of Brighton Dome Discovery Tours on the horizon we've  taken the opportunity to delve into our extensive archives and stumbled…

Alternative things to do in Brighton during the World Cup

13 Jun 2014

Love football? Hate football? Either way - we've kicked about a few ideas of events for you to enjoy over the coming World Cup weeks here at Brighton Dome.Brighton Dome Discovery TourSun 22 Jun & Sun 20 JulCome explore Brighton Dome's rich heritage on our special behind-the-scenes guided tours. Discover more about…

ABBA Facts: The 1974 Eurovision Song Contest at Brighton Dome

20 Mar 2014

The city of Brighton and Hove can lay claim to a vast number of truly exceptional cornerstones in the history of popular music. Pink Floyd debuted Dark Side of the Moon here, Fat Boy Slim’s Big Beach Boutique was a date saved in everyone’s diary, and we were even the setting for one of The Who’s - and arguably Stings’…

Come and face your Waterloo on the Brighton Dome Stage

6 Mar 2014

Don’t miss this chance to perform on the world-famous Brighton Dome stage and be part of a video installationOn 6th April 1974 ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest at Brighton Dome with their performance of Waterloo. To celebrate 40 years since their victory on Thu 27 Mar we are offering the rare opportunity to perform…
Brighton Dome exterior

The potential economic impact of reawakening the Royal Pavilion Estate

23 Feb 2014

One of the key tenets of the project being led by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and the Royal Pavilion & Museum - is that in addition to the financial benefits accruing to the two partner organisations there will be economic impact on the city of Brighton & Hove itself. The project will have a major impact…
Brighton Dome, Royal Pavilion Estate Gardens

Podcast: Andrew Comben discusses the joint vision for Brighton's Royal Pavilion Estate

24 Jan 2014

The Royal Pavilion Estate is the heart of Brighton & Hove’s city centre, recognised by its iconic domes and its designated Cultural Quarter status.The two custodians of the estate - Brighton & Hove City Council’s Royal Pavilion and Museums and Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival - are working together in a…