Potential themes and ideas
The following list of themes is by no means exhaustive, and we welcome any new and fresh ideas of how we can illuminate the past. There is a wealth of resources and information available about the sites, and if you would like to find out about any of the above or the site more generally, please get in touch at [email protected].
Including images of the Corn Exchange being used for two decades as a roller rink with live musicians; suffragettes who bought tickets to the roller rink (and who also disrupted political rallies in the Corn Exchange – one was also arrested for hiding in one of the organ chambers in the Brighton Dome Concert Hall); the women who were nurses during the spaces use as a hospital during WW1; and those not permitted to be nurses.
The many functions of the building during its lifetime so far
- A Quaker burial ground
- Stables and exercise yard
- WWI hospital for Indian soldiers
- Regular markets for corn
- Sports venue (boxing, wrestling, table tennis, roller rink)
- Political rallies and town hall meetings
- Alternative comedy of the 80’s and raves in the 90’s.
A permanent heritage interpretation in the Upper Bar (a digital interactive totem of screens) already shows much of the building’s history on a timeline, so responses to this brief would need to feel different. Work that brings the story right up to date and includes artists and shows that have been in the building since it became a performance space would be especially interesting.
A creative response that tells the story of the Brighton Dome’s construction
This could include the various materials used, such as wood that was shipped in from other countries, and the craftsmanship that created this incredibly unusual and architecturally significant building.
Capturing some of the most unusual or ground-breaking events
The Corn Exchange has been a major live performance venue for BDBF all year round and has hosted particularly ambitious live performances during the Brighton Festival. There are people who can be interviewed to tell many of these stories, as well as images in the archive.