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Click to enlargeJANE AUSTEN BY THE SEA
Jun 17, 2017 - Jan 8, 2018
This new display will explore Jane Austen’s relationship with coastal towns, and life in Brighton during her time, to mark the bicentenary of her death. It will look at the seaside context of Austen’s plots and paint a picture of the leading resort of Brighton in the early 1800s, when it was a fashionable ‘watering place’ featured in novels like Pride and Prejudice. Although there is no clear evidence that Austen visited Brighton she included it in several of her works, and the display will reassess her relationship with the town in the light of a long-term misunderstanding arising from a hand-written 1799 letter

Jul 20, 2017 - Jan 6, 2019
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ much loved classic picture book, come and discover the magic in this exhibition of the original illustrations.
In 1982 The Snowman was adapted for the screen and some of the original hand-drawn cels, celluloid sheets used for traditional animation, are also on display.

30 June 2018 to Summer 2019
This fascinating display of outfits and oral histories from LGBTQ individuals from Sussex, from the 1950s to the present day, looks at how individuals construct identities, both personal and collective, through dress.
Local LGBTQ communities have informed the content of this display, including the comedian Zoe Lyons, journalist Sophie Cook and trans campaigner Fox Fisher.

Oct 13, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019
A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling is one of Hans Holbein the Younger’s earliest English portraits and it is one of his most engaging and beautiful works. This touching portrait holds many secrets to decode. Alongside this 16th Century Masterpiece, the functions and meanings of portraiture from the period will be explored through a selection of works from our own collection.


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