22 July 2013

Grants awarded to restore Royal Pavilion's Saloon

A landmark project to conserve and restore the Saloon in the Royal Pavilion has received a significant boost, with grants of £100,000 from The Monument Trust, and £50,000 from the J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust. 

The Royal Pavilion, one of the most remarkable buildings in Europe, was created for the Prince of Wales, later King George IV. The Saloon is the centrepiece of the Royal Pavilion. This project will fund vital conservation work, and recreate the Saloon’s dazzling decorative scheme in gold, silver and crimson.

Completed in 1823, King George IV wanted the Saloon to inspire a sense of amazement and awe in his visitors. The impact of this restoration will be that, once again, the Royal Pavilion’s 350,000 visitors per year will step into a room of breathtaking beauty, and experience a rich sense of its history.

These grants have been awarded to the Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation, the registered charity that raises funds to support the Royal Pavilion & Museums. The Monument Trust and J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust awards mean that the Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation is now well on its way to achieving the project’s fundraising target.  This will culminate in a public fundraising appeal this Autumn.

Sir Hugh Roberts, Trustee of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation, said “The Royal Pavilion is of exceptional importance, both nationally and to the people of Brighton & Hove. It is wonderful news that The Monument Trust and J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust have responded to the need to conserve the central and oldest part of the building”. 

Janita Bagshawe, Director of the Royal Pavilion & Museums, said “These grants will help restore the magnificent decorative scheme of the Saloon, for the benefit and enjoyment of the millions of people who will visit the Royal Pavilion over the coming years”.



The Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation

The Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation is a registered charity (no. 275242).  It raises funds to help the Royal Pavilion & Museums conserve its historic buildings, share its collections, and bring the very best of art and culture to Brighton & Hove.

The public can support the ongoing work of the Royal Pavilion & Museums by becoming a Member of the The Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation

The Monument Trust

The Monument Trust is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, 18 grant-making trusts established by three generations of the Sainsbury family. The trusts’ donations to charitable causes over several decades represent one of the leading examples of sustained philanthropy in Britain.

www.sfct.org.uk/the-monument-trust

The J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust

The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust was endowed by Sir John Paul Getty, KBE, who died in April 2003 in London, where he had lived since the 1970s. The Trust started distributing funds in 1986, and since then it has awarded nearly £70 million in grants to thousands of charities across the United Kingdom.

www.jpgettytrust.org.uk

Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

  • The Royal Pavilion & Museums is amongst Britain’s leading museums services set in the Cultural Quarter at the heart of Brighton & Hove
  • The Royal Pavilion & Museums encompasses Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Hove Museum & Art Gallery, The Booth Museum of Natural History and a number of stunning historic properties including the world famous Royal Pavilion and Brighton’s ‘upstairs-downstairs’ Edwardian home, Preston Manor. 
  • Collections include: Decorative Art, Fashion, Fine Art, Local History, Film, Toys, Craft, Natural History and Community History and a forthcoming state-of-the-art World Stories gallery.
  • Find out more about our work at www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk

Venue information:

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Free admission

Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE Tel 03000 290900

Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm

Closed Mon (except Bank Holidays 10am–5pm); 24 Dec (from 2.30pm), 25-27 Dec, 1 Jan

Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Free admission

19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4AB Tel 03000 290900

Open Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 2–5pm

Closed Wed; 24-28 Dec, 1 Jan

Booth Museum of Natural History

Free admission

194 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 5AA Tel 03000 290900

Open Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 2–5pm

Closed Thu; 24-27 Dec, 31 Dec, 1 Jan

The Royal Pavilion

Admission fee payable

Brighton BN1 1EE Tel 03000 290900

Open daily Apr–Sep 9.30am–5.45pm (last admission 5pm)

Oct–Mar 10am–5.15pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Closed 24 Dec (from 2.30pm), 25 & 26 Dec

Preston Manor

Admission fee payable

Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD Tel 03000 290900

Open Apr–Sep Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm

Closed Mon (including Bank Holidays)

Closed Oct–Mar except for pre-booked groups, school visits and special events.

The Old Courtroom

118 Church Street (side entrance), Brighton BN1 1UD

Open for events Tel 03000 290902