Chefs cooking in the Indian Hospital Kitchens
Past Event
Heritage & Tours

Heritage Open Day 2021

Fri 30 Jul 2021

Heritage Open Day is back and for this year’s theme of Edible England, we’ll be celebrating the rich history of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival through a series of in-person and online events exploring our culinary links to the past.

Learn about the kitchens that cooked traditional food for Indian soldiers recuperating at Brighton Dome during the First World War, the lashings of plum pudding served at a party to celebrate the Prince Regent’s birthday in 1814, discover the flavours of Brighton’s famous North Laine and forgotten recipes from the Suffragettes. We are pleased to offer our much-loved Brighton Dome backstage tours for small capacity groups to explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the venue.

Throughout the Day

Browse displays of heritage materials and information, including from our own Heritage Volunteers who have been researching and writing about Brighton's culinary history. Plus the cafe will be open all day.

Letter Writing Workshop


Backstage Tours

10.15am, 10.45am (BSL Interpreted), 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm
Free, pre-booking required

Explore behind-the-scenes and learn more about our history, from the Prince Regent's Stables, to Suffragette Protests, and over 150 years of performance history

Chattri Memorial Group Heritage Talk

11.15am | Free

The Chattri talk will focus on how India became involved in a European war, and the journey for some to Brighton Hospitals. Here, through their letters, we will get a glimpse of their experiences of the war as well as their treatment in the Royal Pavilion and other Military Hospitals.