6-10 themes of 18 in total
  • 1960s

    1960s

    A scene from Qudraphenia - apart from the clothes!

    45 photographs

    The 1960s saw an influx of young people. Students came for new courses at the University of Sussex (opened in 1962), whilst Mods and Rockers, two rival youth cultures made the town its playground. They clashed several times, the most infamous occasion being the 'Battle of Brighton' during the Whitsun holiday, 17-18 May 1964. This was the inspiration of the 1979 film, Quadraphenia, in which a Bank Holiday weekend in 1965 provides the excuse for the rivalry to come to a head.

  • 1950s

    1950s

    Big bands and big beats!

    79 photographs

    Between 1950 and 1951, Brighton was affected by an outbreak of smallpox - all mass meetings were cancelled; schools were closed and shops were only open for a few hours a day. However, the outbreak was swiftly contained and the town was clear of disease in time for the Coronation in 1952. This was celebrated with street parties. More usual forms of entertainment were the coffee bars (Paisley's, the Milk Bar, the Caribbean etc); ice rinks (Ritz Roller and the SS Sport Centre) and ballrooms such as the Regent.

  • 1940s

    1940s

    Post war austerity years

    14 photographs

    It was almost impossible for anyone living in Brighton during the Second World War to avoid the war. Brighton was not bombed as badly as Portsmouth, Coventry and many other towns; but it suffered from 'tip and run' raids as it was very close to German air bases in Northern France. There were fifty six air raids, although the sirens sounded the alert 1,058 times. One hundred and ninety eight Brightonians lost their lives in air raids. The last was on 22 march 1944. After the war, street parties dominated.

  • 1930s

    1930s

    Brighton Rock and all that

    65 photographs

    To prevent erosion, a sea wall was built from Black Rock to Rottingdean and a rock garden was laid out in Preston Park but THE 'Brighton Rock' that is most often recalled is the 1938 novel by Grahame Greene. Later made into films in 1947 and 2011, the novel is a murder thriller featuring antihero, Pinkie Brown, a teenage sociopath and up-and-coming gangster. A slum, possibly frequented by Pinkie, was in Circus Street. This was demolished in 1937 to make way for a new market.

  • 1920s

    1920s

    Arguably, the most decadent and debauched of all decades

    27 photographs

    In 1920 Brighton & Hove Albion were elected to the Football League as founder members of the new Third Division. In 1925 a boating pool was built. Then, in 1928 there was a major expansion of the Brighton area, with the villages of Patcham, Ovingdean and Rottingdean being absorbed.

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