Memories sought from Brighton Dome’s 150-year history as a performance venue

12 Sep 2017

To mark 150 years as a performance venue, Brighton Dome is seeking memories from across its rich history. Submissions will help inform new heritage displays which will go on show when the refurbished buildings re-open in late 2018.The Grade I listed Brighton Dome, which was originally designed as the Prince Regent's riding…

In Pictures: Early birds head to Royal Pavilion Gardens for Yoga and Tai Chi as part of Brighton Dome’s Rise and Shine

7 Sep 2017

Early risers stretched into gear with Brighton Dome’s Rise and Shine, two free early morning sessions of meditative movement and music in the Royal Pavilion Gardens. With the sun rising behind the Royal Pavilion as backdrop, the Indian and Chinese decorative and architectural influences of the Estate were enjoyed and…

Historic letters found on Royal Pavilion Estate give a fascinating glimpse into the everyday lives of soldiers hospitalised on site during the First World War

5 Sep 2017

Several personal letters dating from the First World War usage of the Royal Pavilion Estate as a hospital for soldiers, have been discovered during redevelopment work at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. The letters, which were discovered in both whole pages and in fragments, by workers on site, give a fascinating glimpse of…
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 –…

Video: Designing our Future - Meet the Architects

25 Jul 2017

Peter Clegg and Tim Healey of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the architects appointed to remodel and revitalise our Grade 1 listed Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Grade 2 listed Studio Theatre, as part of the first phase of our ambitious vision to restore and reunite the Royal Pavilion Estate, give an insight into…

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…

Interview: We hear from the Archaeologists carrying out excavations at the newly-found Quaker burial site

7 Jul 2017

Following the exciting discovery of a 200-year-old Quaker Burial site during the Corn Exchange redevelopment, we spoke to some of the team from Archaeology South East who are carrying out the excavations, Darryl Palmer (Assistant Director, Head of Fieldwork & Survey), Garrett Sheehan, and Dr Paola Ponce.Can…

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…

£3m funding boost as work starts on Phase One of Royal Pavilion Estate project

23 Mar 2017

We are delighted to announce that the first phase of our joint vision to revitalise the Royal Pavilion Estate has been awarded £3m from the Coast to Capital Local Growth fund. The grant award will go towards a major refurbishment of the Grade 1 listed Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Grade 2 listed Studio Theatre as the…

Contractors appointment kick-starts first phase of Royal Pavilion Estate development

16 Jan 2017

Britain's oldest and most established building company, R. Durtnell and Sons Limited, have been appointed by Brighton & Hove City Council as contractors to start works on transforming the Grade 1 listed Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Grade 2 listed Studio Theatre - the first phase of our joint development plans for…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Phase One preparatory work to start in the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre this autumn

18 Aug 2016

Since 2013 we have been working towards an ambitious culture and heritage-led vision for the Royal Pavilion Estate and its surrounding areas in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council and the Royal Pavilion and Museums, starting with a major refurbishment of Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.The…

Partners light up Royal Pavilion Estate for 50th Brighton Festival

29 May 2016

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, the partners working on the vision to revitalise the Royal Pavilion Estate, came together to present a major commission for the 50th Brighton Festival which - quite literally - illuminated its shared history.Created by performance…

Video: ITV Meridian talks to Andrew Comben and Warren Morgan

5 Feb 2016

Following news that our joint vision for the Royal Pavilion Estate has received a £5m funding boost, ITV Meridian's Malcolm Shaw talks to Andrew Comben, Chief Executive Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Cllr Warren Morgan, Brighton & Hove City Council about the buildings' unique heritage and why the project…
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£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…
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Planning permission granted for Phase One of vision to revitalise Royal Pavilion Estate

17 Nov 2015

Planning permission has been granted for plans to develop the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre as the first phase of a larger and longer term ambition to reconnect and reunite the Royal Pavilion Estate.The first phase of the proposed development specifically comprises a refurbishment of the Grade I Corn Exchange,…
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Architects appointed for first phase of vision for Royal Pavilion Estate

12 Aug 2015

Award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCB Studios) have been appointed to remodel and revitalise the Grade 1 listed Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Grade 2 listed Studio Theatre as part of the first phase of the wider vision for the Royal Pavilion Estate. The scheme will allow the refurbishment of the…
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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…
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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…
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A phased approach to reawakening Brighton's Royal Pavilion Estate

26 May 2014

In November 2013 an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund was submitted on behalf of the two custodians of the Royal Pavilion Estate (Brighton & Hove City Council’s Royal Pavilion & Museums and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival), initially for development funds to work up designs to address a series of…
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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…
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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…
History & Heritage

Vision for Brighton's cultural heart revealed

14 Nov 2013

Plans to revive and revitalise Brighton's Royal Pavilion Estate have been announced by Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival.The proposal is a joint initiative from the custodians of the estate who are working together in a wide reaching partnership helping put in place a plan which…