Where: Hove Museum and Art Gallery, 19 new church road, hove
Being a Hove-dweller I often find myself in the wonderful Hove Museum and Art Gallery. It’s a great family-friendly environment where you can while away the hours. Situated in a Victorian villa with an Indian twist, there is an array of exhibitions and art to appreciate. It’s easily accessible and catches the eye with a Jaipur gate opening onto the grounds of the late 19th century building.
Although the main or feature exhibits change over the months, you’ll always be impressed by the quality of what’s on offer at this quaint museum. Inside there’s a little something for everyone – the highlight being the eerily mesmerising Wizard’s Attic. Keep an eye out for the sleeping Wizard too!
The exhibit’s based on the fairy-tale notion of a wizard working his magic to fix a variety of children’s toys. It houses an enormous range of mechanical figurines, creepy dolls and model trains from the 1700s to the present day. It’s an unusual feeling, as the eyes of people’s forgotten childhood friends follow you around the room. Personally I found the craftsmanship of the older items to be the most beautiful and beguiling part of the exhibition. These were the days before the scarily addictive Bop-It or controversial Barbie. They show the real craft involved in making toys.
I also find the Local History Gallery to be extremely fascinating. It follows the antiquity of the area from prehistoric times to the Brighton & Hove we see today. Using archaeological exhibits and models you are shown how varying communities developed over the centuries and the hardships they endured.
The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10am-5pm &
Sunday: 2-5pm. It’s about a 20 minute bus ride from the city centre. The 1, 1A, 6, 49 and 49A from Brighton’s North Street or Churchill Square stop near the entrance.
Image by Brighton Culture