Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

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4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton and Hove

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Jim Morey Jim Morey

I just thought I’d tell you about my experiences attending a temporary exhibition at the museum in Brighton yesterday.

I am sight-impaired. I go to a lot of museums and galleries with my wife.

Many galleries and exhibitions offer some sort of large print guide, usually in the form of a printed booklet or laminated card. Some offer audio guides.

What these well-meaning people nearly always forget to do is to actually help you link the captions in the large print guide or audio guide to the actual exhibits or to the layout of the room.

Many of you will know what I mean: captions which relate to very small numbers printed near to the exhibit (but often not obvious and sometimes missing); exhibits placed where you don’t expect them to be (or where you can’t find them); no clues as to which way round to go; etc.

At the Brighton Museum’s current exhibition: ‘Gluck: Art and Identity’ (to 11th March 2018), the large print guide actually had helpful instructions [in parentheses] to help you find where you are.
Such a small (and obvious) detail meant that I could enjoy the exhibition instead of wasting my time trying to match the exhibit with the caption.

Big kudos to the Brighton Museum for doing this.

But I have to mark them down for not putting these large print guides somewhere where people could actually locate them!

I didn’t do a full audit of the museum, but it does have step-free access to most areas and there is ample room to circulate. There is seating throughout the museum / galleries.
NB the floors are a little uneven and some areas (such as the Gluck exhibition) have heavy manual doors which some people may require assistance to open.
However, the staff seemed very friendly and would be able to help if asked.

The museum also has a permanent collection of art, applied art and crafts which is well worth seeing in itself.
There is a modest shop and (an even more modest) café (mostly self-service – which is a no-no for me, but I am sure that staff would assist).

Please see other reviews for details of blue badge parking nearby and toilet facilities.

Just one thing – if you’re thinking of travelling to Brighton from places west of Chichester (eg Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth), then you should be aware that there are engineering works in the Havant area this coming weekend (as there were yesterday).
The rail replacement buses that Southern hired to take passengers from Portsmouth to Chichester were NOT wheelchair accessible. They had ramps, but the actual wheelchair docks had been filled with extra standard seats.

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