Behind the Scenes at Preston Manor

There’s no surer way of provoking interest than by putting up a big ol’ sign saying “No.” This “no” could be followed by anything, really. In Museum Land, there are usually lots of “nos” for us to deal with: no photos, no touching, no licking the objects… Usually we understand not to do these things,…

Maggie Thatcher and the IRA Bomber

October 12th 1984: a date that should live on in infamy in British Politics. It was the date when an IRA Bomber detonated an explosive device at Brighton’s Grand Hotel, where the then PM, Margaret Thatcher was staying during the annual Tory Party conference. Regardless of what you think, or indeed thought, of Maggie Thatcher…

Brighton Pavilion’s Secret Tunnels

If you have ever been to Brighton, chances are you’ve visited the fabulous Royal Pavilion, the eye-catchingly exotic former holiday home of the Prince Regent, who later became George IV. Built in stages between 1787 and 1823, the extravagant pleasure house has been many things in its lifetime: Palace, Museum and even a war-time hospital….

Object Stories at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

“Brighton and Hove,” the new Object Stories trail at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery tells us, “is often referred to as the gay capital of the UK.” With that status in mind, this new trail explores objects in the museum with a link to the history of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans) community….

Let’s Be ‘Aving You: Brighton’s Old Police Cells

Located in the basement of Brighton’s Town Hall, you would be forgiven for not noticing this tiny but fascinating little museum at first glance. Look a bit closer, make a note of the contact details and clear a space in your diary (for you have to pre-book a visit). Trust me, it’s worth the effort….

Top 5 Animal Mummies

Yes, you did read the title correctly! Today I am exploring and revealing the top 5 mummified animals I have found in my adventures so far. We all know the Egyptians would mummify their dead, but not everyone realises that they would also mummify their animals too. There is lots of evidence to suggest that…

Brighton’s Old Penny Arcade Museum

Growing up in a seaside town, Penny Arcades were a fairly big part of my summer, Easter and Christmas holidays. Oh and weekends. It was always a treat to take my bag of 2p coins to the beach and try to win big. (Trust me, you wouldn’t want to go swimming. I was being euphemistic…

Toy Story

To begin this adventure I’d like to introduce you to someone very special indeed. He has lived a long and interesting life.How long, I cannot say because I’m not sure if Bear Years are the same as Human Years. What I can say for certain is that his name is Panda and he looks after…

I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost…

The sun was slowly sinking below the horizon as I made my way towards one of the oldest and most haunted buildings in Brighton: Preston Manor, the Stanford stately pile since 1764 and with a history going back to before the Domesday Book. Sweat started to inch its way down my brow. It was getting…

In which the Adventurer visits a celebrity badger…

Taxidermy might, to some, represent all that is wrong with museums. Beautiful specimens are ripped from their natural habitat, stuffed and placed in a glass cabinet to be gawped at as they accumulate dust. To others, taxidermy can represent all the positive aspects too; the preservation of beautiful specimens.  A chance to see an animal…

Brighton Rocks

“So many steps are involved in the preparation of a really splendid lobster thermidor” trills Julia Child, “No wonder it costs a fortune in any restaurant!” However, I was not ordering from a fancy eatery when I was lucky enough to sample this most luxurious of sea-meats, no, instead it was a birthday treat from…

We, Robots

When dealing with Robots, there are three things to keep in mind at all times: 1)      A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction allow a human being to come to harm. 2)      A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders conflict with the First…