The secret areas!

As I have mentioned before I am hoping to make an app for Brighton Museum, which will be able to help show works, such as prints, that cannot be put on display due to fragility or unsuitable conditions.

Last week I took a walk round the Pavilion and was lucky enough to be taken up the main onion dome of The Royal Pavilion. This got me to thinking about the secret areas of the Pavilion that the public don’t normally get to see due to health and safety (the spiral staircase that led upto the onion was leaning in towards the centre and did not feel at all safe, especially for loads of visitors to trapes up and down!) or due to high costs to restore the area to it’s former glory.

This second point to me is unimportant as I found seeing the old graffiti, exposed walls and piled junk to be more exciting than a pristine room, and made me feel like I was doing something I wasn’t supposed to and that not many people have done.

© Graham Spicer

© Graham Spicer

© Graham Spicer

I have always been fascinated by bizarre forgotten buildings, particularly ones that you can imagine were splendid back in the day!

Take for example the Underwater Ballroom of Whitley Park:

There has also recently been an article in The Guardian about a group that explores the abandoned London Underground stations:

Their website has some interesting finds too (The places they have explored are not all in the UK)

Such as an old Stella Artois brewery, in Leuven

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