Brighton Seafront Heritage Trust

Brighton Seafront Heritage Trust

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  • Arts
  • Education
  • Museums / heritage

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We are a charitable trust that plays host to a small fishing museum and a number of small retail outlets. We are located on Brighton seafront's lower promenade between the West Pier and the Palace Pier. The museum is open to the public every day except Christmas Day, we have a reasonably high footfall due to the roughly 8m people that walk along the seafront every year (VisitBrighton figures). There are three main galleries, the largest all about fishing in Brighton, a second with displays about Brighton’s iconic West Pier and the Brighton Swimming Club and the third houses short term exhibits by local artists. The museum is central to the Brighton Fishing Quarter which also plays host to seafood shops, a working Fisherman's arch, a workshop and a museum shop. The Quarter is flanked on either side by clubs, bars, cafes and various artist and water sport facilities.


The trust consists of five voluntary trustees and a handful of further volunteers who undertake to maintain the museum and welcome its visitors throughout the year. We also have about 40 school group visits during May, June & July. During the Brighton Festival in May, we also play host to the iconic Mackerel Fayre and blessing of the nets. The forecourt is also used for various performances throughout the summer.

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