Our History

These buildings have formed the backdrop for thousands of memorable moments for over 200 years.

Prince Regent built Brighton Dome as a rather grand riding house and stables. Later, Victorian gentry donned their roller-skates and rumbled and roared under the grand arches of our Corn Exchange. During WWI, over 4,000 soldiers were nursed back to health in a make-shift hospital sited across the Royal Pavilion Estate. And in WW2, allied soldiers danced their cares away every Saturday night with local Brightonians.

Brighton Dome has been an art installation, a thwarted suffragette protest, a boxing ring, a conference hall, held graduation ceremonies and is of course responsible for hundreds of eclectic, pioneering and boundary pushing performances.

The importance of our buildings to Brighton is significant. Brighton Dome is the first building of the Regency culture in Brighton and the Corn Exchange roof is the widest span timber frame building in the country. As a venue the Corn Exchange is a one of a kind, there is no other space quite like it.

The heritage of these iconic buildings needs protecting for future generations and for the future of our city.

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