Royal Pavilion & Museums Insider - 19 June 2020

Although Brighton Pride will not be going ahead this year, we're joining in with Digital Pride, a national online event celebrating some of the work we've done recently sharing LGBTQ+ stories.

We're getting out in nature with Kerrie from the Booth, learning about a firing squad in Hove and inviting you to join in the Windrush Day celebrations this year. 

Celebrating Digital Pride 2020

Over the last few years the Royal Pavilion & Museums have programmed a fantastic set of exhibitions, events and community projects highlighting LGBTQ+ lives and stories.

Spurred on by this year’s Digital Pride (22-27 June) we have now collated all of the content related to these projects with our Focus on LGBTQ+ page, featuring videos, a podcast, zines and a range of other media.
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Forget-me-nots and nightjars

Our team from the Booth Museum are really helping us to see nature all around us during lockdown. This week we've published two posts on our website by Collections Assistant Kerrie Curzon. 

She features the nightjar as the Bird of the Month and explains why they are associated with witches. 

She has also written a useful piece about how to identify and enjoy wild flowers - perfect timing if you are venturing out to a local park or beauty spot as the lockdown slightly eases.
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Anniversary of an execution

In case you missed it, here's a Close Look at a controversial event in the history of Hove. In June 1795 two soldiers were executed for mutiny at Goldstone Bottom. 

Were they a danger to military discipline or victims of political injustice? 

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Honouring Windrush Day online 

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is pleased to host the Windrush Day Online Event to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush generation to British social, cultural and political life.

The event on Monday 22 June at 7.30pm includes a talk from Patrick Vernon, social commentator, campaigner and cultural historian followed by a panel discussion with Dr Bert Williams MBE and Shirley Williams (pictured); and featuring performances performed and curated by the members of the Cultural Heritage Network in Brighton.

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Cricket mystery solved with your help

A few weeks ago, we asked for help in identifying this mystery women's cricket team thought to be in the early 1900s.

Thanks to Brighton University BA Fashion and Dress History student Milly Westbrook who produced her 2020 dissertation on these uniforms we can confirm they are pupils of Roedean School, Brighton.

The distinctive djibbah uniform was said to be inspired by North African tribesmen and was designed by Sylvia Lawrence, part of the founding Roedean family. 
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