Brighton Dome Guide

Brighton Dome Guide

History Of The Buildings

Clarence House, which was built in 1827, is the only original building of Brighton that is still used for its original purpose. The other royal residence, Brunswick House, stood where the Grand Hotel now does. It was occupied by Prince George, who became the Prince Regent when his father George III fell mentally ill in 1811. Brunswick House and its gardens were purchased by Parliament in 1830 for use as an Asylum and Lunatic Ward for soldiers of the Royal Pavilion.

During World War I it was one of many buildings across Brighton requisitioned by the military to house troops as accommodation became necessary for the huge numbers of wounded soldiers, Brighton Town Press ( Porden, who was born in Wimbledon but had links to Hanwell, had studied architecture under Sir William Chambers and worked as a draughtsman in between his travels through Europe before returning to England in 1798. He submitted two designs to the Prince Regent a smaller Music Room (Corn Exchange) and a much grander scheme for a Great National Gallery to be erected on the site of the old Palace of Whitehall.

After extensive deliberations between Porden, the Prince and his advisers, it was decided to build both projects but on a reduced scale from the original plans and they were completed in 1808 at a cost of £160,000. When the development plan was first presented in 1800 by local architect William Porden, the new buildings were to be stables and a riding house. However, it quickly became clear that the cost of building such substantial stables would be prohibitive.

Following advice from James Wyatt, architect of Aldwych, it was decided to adapt the scheme for a concert hall instead. The existing riding school would provide suitable space for the musicians'gallery. The Prince had intended the complex to be completed in time for the celebrations of his patron saint's day, Saint George's Day in April 1804. However, a dispute between the Prince and Porden resulted in the latter resigning until he was eventually dismissed in June 1805 after a second dispute.

The original contractor James Lewis also resigned from the project, and George Modling took over as contractor. The Regent (later George IV) and the riding school and concert hall were completed in 1807. They have been designated as a Grade I listed building by English Heritage. The architecturally significant north front of the Riding House with its five pedimented entrance bays is unaltered. The Town Hall (now Lloyds Bank) was completed in 1804, in the Greek Revival style and built of Bath Stone.

World War 1

As well as the troops, these hospitals also cared for some civilians who were caught up in the fighting. According to the Brighton & Hove Gazette, "During the occupation by the Indians, many of their womenfolk visited their camps and used to bring flowers and fruits for the soldiers. " In 1916, the 69th Field Ambulance Carefully selected music was also played inside the building to help boost morale as was mentioned in a letter in 1916: "Whole time of day is given up to various entertainments, there being concerts at 3 p.

m. in an Indian bandstand near by and cinematograph shows in the evening. ". Hospital wards were set up in the Picture Gallery, the King’s Drawing Room, Zelotti’s Saloon and in the Indian Waiting Hall. In addition, a fully equipped operating theatre was established in the basement of the Indian Pavilion for use in emergencies. The officer in charge of the hospitals was Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Campbell-Carter who had served in Malta, Turkey, Egypt and Mesopotamia before being transferred to Brighton.

He was awarded an OBE on 1 January 1919 for his excellent service while working at Brighton Pavilion during World War I. An estimated 120,000 Indian soldiers died in World War I, and a further 60,000 were wounded. Most casualties were sustained on the Western Front and Gallipoli. The remains of over 2,500 soldiers were repatriated to India between 1921 and 1922 for burial in their home towns. Sixty-six caskets containing the remains of Indian soldiers arrived in Bombay aboard the battleship HMS Revenge (1871) on 13 August 1921.


Pink Floyd came to the attention of former Beatles manager Allen Klein when they opened for Jethro Tull in 1969. In June 1971, he became their manager and signed the group to a record deal with EMI / Harvest. At the instigation of EMI executive Terry Doran, Dark Side was recorded at Abbey Road Studios 'Studio 3. Pacing themselves and working slowly, the band spent more time on Dark Side than on any previous album to ensure high quality.

Most of the songs were recorded during studio time reserved for Roger Waters 'compositions. The other band members were not made aware that Waters planned to use only one other guitarist, namely Richard Wright. Wright was often able to continue practicing while Waters used. A year after recording The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd returned to the studio on 7 January 1973 with an assortment of rough ideas. They began recording "Obscured By Clouds", and halfway through the song the backing came to a stop.

Wright had recorded an impromptu piano melody (having experimented at home on a Farfisa organ) during a break in the session. Gilmour and David Gilmour added guitar lines and voices to the new piece while Richard Wright experimented with an EMS VCS 3 synthesiser, which replaced the Hammond organ's gentle swells with cascading, wailing glissandi. :164 At this point, Waters suggested that the existing piece be used as. Dark Side of the Moon was the first Pink Floyd album to achieve great success, reaching No.

1 in the UK, US and many other countries. It remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album except for the compilation Dance Mania, which charted for 826 non-consecutive weeks from 1979 to 1988. On 28 October 2006 it re-entered the UK album charts at No. 4, following an acoustic version being performed on Later. with Jools Holland by surviving members of Pink Floyd.

This was reported in The Times newspaper as being the longest ever time span between an album first entering and leaving the UK charts. The world would come to know the new album as The Dark Side of the Moon, but that was not its original name. After band members David Gilmour and Roger Waters finished work on individual compositions, they began piecing together the rock opera. Its working title was Eclipse (which is also the working title of the current Blood on the Dance Floor album), but when that failed to connect with Waters’ lyrics, he changed it to The Dark Side of the Moon (inspired by a line in the Today programme that referred to "the dark side of the moon" as a metaphor for obscurity).

Pink Floyd's 1973 album 'Dark Side of the Moon'is considered by many critics to be one of the best albums ever made. It has remained on the charts for over 2,000 weeks, selling an estimated 45 million copies worldwide with 35 million sold in the United States alone  ( 1 ). It is a Grade I listed building resting on foundations laid by Roman Engineers. I have seen business people from the. ".


As the Brighton Dome is a historical building it is important that its original features are retained whilst keeping up with new technology and trends. The design team have worked hard to create a visually stunning space that respects its past as well as providing modern facilities to keep our customers at the forefront of technology. The project has been on site for 4 months, we just need the client now – we cannot wait to see how this spectacular venue looks and feels when we’ve finished our work.

The Brighton Dome conference centre is located in the heart of Brighton, just five minutes from the seafront and Brighton railway station. With free on-site parking, a flexible range of spaces and state of the art facilities The Brighton Dome conference centre has something to suit all event needs. For many years, Brighton Dome has been home to the city’s leading entertainment venues and is a leading national presenter of comedy, dance and music. The Grade II listed building is also a popular conference venue being voted ‘best conference venue in the South East’ at the 2009 Catey Awards.

With its exclusive position above Brighton Pier and within easy reach of vibrant schools, health care centres, venues and tourist attractions Brighton Dome is capable of hosting the most extravagant corporate events while also giving kudos to the smaller, more intimate gatherings. With a rich history and incredible architecture, Brighton Dome is the ideal setting for your event. The Dome has an atmosphere all of its own with its impressive domed ceilings, Victorian arches and stunning architecture.

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