Past Event
Heritage & Tours

Heritage Open Day

Mon 12 Aug 2019

We will be celebrating the rich heritage of Brighton Dome as we open our doors for our annual Heritage Open Day, with this years theme exploring People Power and the role Brighton Dome has played in affecting change both nationally and within the local community during our 216-year history. See the Heritage Open Day programme:

Backstage Tours

10.15am, 10.45am (BSL Interpreted), 11.15am, 1.30pm 
Free, but pre-booking essential

'The Lungs of the Town': how the Royal Pavilion Estate was saved by the people of Brighton for the people of Brighton.

With Philip Morgan

12.15pm–1.15pm | Concert Hall

When Queen Victoria decided she wanted to distance herself from the scandalous activities of her uncles George IV and William IV the Royal Pavilion Estate became surplus to the requirements of the Royal family. The Pavilion itself was stripped of its contents and the entire estate put up for sale to the highest bidder. What developed was a conflict between rich entrepreneurs and hoteliers who would have demolished the buildings and developed the site and a small group of influential Brighton men who resolved to preserve the estate for the benefit of the population. This talk traces the decline, almost disintegration and eventual survival of the Royal Pavilion Estate and brings to life the main protagonists in the struggle for its survival.

This talk will be BSL interpreted. If you require this service, please email [javascript protected email address] so we can reserve you an appropriate seat

Organ Recital with Michael Wooldridge

2pm–3pm | Concert Hall

Michael Wooldridge is one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed theatre organists, having played at such major venues as the Troxy Stepney, Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Odeon Leicester Square, Worthing Wurlitzer and many more. He has also made countless trips to perform in Holland, Germany, Switzerland and even Australia. Other work has seen him playing alongside the Mantovani Orchestra and accompanying many star names from the golden years of entertainment, including top comedians Supersonic Syd Little, Jimmy Cricket, Don Maclean and Stu Francis, Ireland’s Eurovision star Dana, top pianist Bobby Crush, star magicians Paul Daniels and Martin Daniels and many more.  Michael’s concert will show our mighty Dome Organ in many styles, including show tunes, big band favourites and much more.

Miss Represented Exhibition

12pm–4pm | Founders Room

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror explores identity and perception; the different sides we present to the outside world; in real life, on social media and how the world views us back. Since April a whole new group of Miss Rep girls have been exploring these themes and developing artwork and music that expresses their ideas, experiences and reflections of themselves and the world around them. The exhibition presents a thought-provoking insight using photography, spoken word, music and installation.

Can You See Me Now?

A chance to see the Miss Rep documentary.

Filmmaker Lauren Joy Kennett followed Miss Represented around back in 2017 when they created and toured their critically acclaimed show Can You See Me Now?, a cross art show full of hope and truth documenting young women’s experiences of systems and institutions; school, social services, the care system.  


10.30am – 3.30pm

Live Music

11.15am – 12pm and 1.15pm – 2pm

Stables Exhibition

 10am – 5pm | Brighton Museum (Admission free)