Friday, 21 October 2016

Experimental Motion

Coming soon to a gallery near you. - In fact the Spotlight Gallery of Brighton Museum  on
22 October 2016.

A new display will tell the story of experimental film-making in Brighton & Hove, from 1896 to the present day.

Unknown to many, both Brighton and Hove have played a rich and important part in international film history. Early film-making pioneers including George Albert Smith and James Williamson, who became known as the Brighton School and worked here at the turn of the 20th century, while modern and contemporary filmmakers and moving image artists – like Jeff Keen, Ben Wheatley and Ben Rivers – have cemented the city’s status as a hotbed of experimental film.

Pavilion Banquets - a sell-out

The Banquets of the year, are now sold-out. But the Pavilion should still be well worth a visit in the run up to Christmas. We have heard that extensive festive decorations including several decorated trees are planned throughout the building. The largest tree will be positioned in the Great Kitchen. The trees will be decorated to reflect the decor of the room in which they are placed and the fabulous dining room will be set as for a Christmas banquet.

Father Christmas will be relocated to Preston Manor.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

To be a Farmer's Girl

Reminiscences of farming life in Yorkshire, Sussex & Cornwall during and immediately after WW2.

Cleaner streets on the way?

The council has launched four new multi-functional all-season machines that will allow it’s street cleansing teams to clean the city’s pavements faster and with greater frequency.

The small, compact sweepers can also be quickly converted in minutes into grass cutters, snow ploughs or gritters, enabling them to be used all year round.

Cllr Gill Mitchell, chair of the council’s Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee, said: “They are small, lean cleaning machines that can travel on virtually any pavement and will allow our teams to blitz our high density areas more often and with more power.”

Using the time saving machines will also mean street cleansing teams being able to concentrate on other areas of the city.

The machines will be used in the main city centre area and other busy streets throughout Brighton and Hove.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Aboriginal ancestral remains returned to Australia

A special Handover Ceremony to mark the return of aboriginal ancestral remains from Brighton Museum to Australia has taken place at Australia House, London.

The ceremony on Oct.14, organised by the Australian High Commission, saw the ancestral remains returned to the Ngarrindjeri Community of South Australia, from whom historical information suggests they were taken. The remains were received at the ceremony by Mr Major Sumner, Elder and representative of the Ngarrindjeri Community. The ceremony was attended by Brighton & Hove Councillor Alan Robins and Director of the Royal Pavilion and Head of Museums and Arts, Janita Bagshawe.

The remains were originally donated to Brighton Museum by keen scientist and collector, Frederick William Lucas in November 1925. They were part of a large group of osteological and ethnographical items, most of which had been on loan to the Museum since September 1922.

The repatriation is part of an Australian Government programme to assist Indigenous communities in pursuing the unconditional return of ancestral remains held in overseas collections and within Australia. So far, more than 1,000 Indigenous Australian ancestral remains have been returned from the United Kingdom to Traditional Custodians with the support of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Repatriation Program.

The repatriation process for Brighton started in 2005 when the Australian Government requested the return of five Australian Aboriginal Ancestral Remains held by Royal Pavilion & Museums: four remains in the Natural History collection, and one in the World Art collection.

In September 2008, the then Culture, Recreation & Tourism Cabinet meeting of the city council agreed to return the Natural History remains. These were collected by Major Sumner and George Trevorrow, representatives of the Ngarrindjeri Community, on Friday 15 May 2009. The occasion was marked by a ceremony outside Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

In May 2009, the Full Cabinet of the city council agreed to return the World Art remains.

The council has received a Handover Certificate, a formal record of the transfer of the remains to the Ngarrindjeri Elders representing their community.