Archive for January 2015

Schools Education Workshops

BHT Heritage has developed two FREE interactive 1-2 hour outreach workshops for Years 5 & 6, to engage students in heritage learning and to dispel common myths around homelessness

Delivered as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project, the workshops are designed to encourage imagination, creativity and empathy and can be tailored to groups’ specific needs and requests.

Homelessness in Brighton & HoveThe free outreach workshops cover:

Modern Homelessness in Brighton and Hove
This session uses film, oral history clips, discussion and role-play to support students’ learning about who’s affected by homelessness, the causes, what it’s like to face homelessness and what support is available

First Base exterior

The Fascinating Hidden History of St Stephen’s Hall
During this session students will piece together the fascinating history of St Stephen’s Hall. Students will use maps, prints and newspaper articles to learn about its role as a ballroom in 1766 and the building’s transformation into King George IV’s chapel 1822, prior to being moved to Montpelier Place in 1851

This really helped the children to understand and empathise with people who are homeless. It was very thought-provoking for them.

Year 6 Teacher, Brighton

Fantastic! Nothing but positive comments from staff and children alike. Thank you.

Year 6 Teacher, Brighton

Groups can book one or both workshops and we are flexible regarding days and times. If you are a teacher or youth group co-ordinator and would like to discuss these workshops further please contact Sara Peskett, Heritage Project Officer by email:

Tour of Regency Town House

On Wednesday January 7th 10 clients from across BHT visited Regency Town House, a Grade I listed building in Brighton’s Brunswick Square.

Regency Town House

Our tour began in the basement of No. 10, where we learnt about life as a servant in Regency Britain. A typical family in Brunswick Square would have had around 8 servants. The first room we entered was the Housekeeper’s, where all the linen for the household would have been stored under lock and key. We then moved along the hallway to the servants’ hall; a cold and dark room where the staff would have eaten their meals and slept on confined bunks.

Further along the hallway, at the back of the basement, was the kitchen where all the meals for the household would have been prepared. Water was taken from the well in the courtyard and was heated by running it along pipes behind the large stove – a very modern commodity! The household stables would have been accessed via a passage to the rear of the kitchen.

ExteriorAfter leaving the basement of No. 10 we briefly visited the basement of No. 13, which is in the early stages of renovation and will form research and archive rooms.

Positioned at the front of the house, the dining room was the first room we visited when we ventured ‘upstairs’. It was painted a soft purple colour, which was thought to aid digestion, and had a large gilded mirror on the back wall to reflect light and brighten the room. Behind this was the Parlour where the Lady of the house would have taken tea with her guests.

HallwayOn the first floor were two drawing rooms, connected by concertina doors. The room at the back would have been used by the Gentleman of the house and the other would have been where the family hosted visitors. The large ornate fireplace and views out onto the square would have made this room a very pleasant place to relax!

Bedrooms for the household would have been found on the second floor, with rooms in the attic above for the servants.

“Well worth a visit – really good”

“Very interesting to learn about the ingenuity of people in the early 19th century. They were able to build and run such amazing houses!”

Further information about Regency Town House can be found here: