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Published: 10 July 2021

By Andy Ross

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Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Brighton, on the South Coast of England, is a surprising place, filled with artists and bohemians, and it has a great Museum and Art Gallery too. 

Since the last visit to the seaside town the Museum access has changed and now entry is from the Pavilion side of the building. (If you do not know what the Pavilion is, follow this link.) The redevelopment of the Museum has continued inside the building, with a new ethnographic gallery telling the stories of young people from different cultures and a fashion gallery. One of the recent additions has been an African collection of textiles, costume, art and photography that aims to fill gaps in the recent (post 1960) history of the continent. Have a look at this clickable map to find some of the interesting pieces from Fashioning Africa including this set of weaving articles used to make kente strips. 

The performance gallery is also well worth visiting. Created from the collections of masks, costume, instruments and sets, the gallery features fascinating pieces from a diverse array of festivals, events and theatre performance.