Brighton's Royal Pavilion will be closed from Monday 23 January to Friday 3 February 2012, to enable a period of essential maintenance to take place at one of Sussex's top attractions.
Conservation staff will be deep cleaning many of the palace’s special items, which is a task not usually possible around normal visitor hours. Items being cleaned include upholstery, furniture, and the beautiful murals on the Music Room walls. As well as this a number of the Royal Pavilion’s many chimneys will be swept.
Preparatory work will begin on improving the reception area, giving it a fresher and more welcoming feel for visitors when they first arrive at the Palace. Conservation staff will be working in public display rooms including the Octagon Hall and Music Room Gallery, and the restoration of the hand painted glass laylights in the South Gallery on the upper floor will be completed, after their meticulous repainting by the Glass Conservator. The improvements are being made possible by external funding secured by the Royal Pavilion to help carry out these works.
The Royal Pavilion is usually open 7 days a week all year round, normally much of the ongoing maintenance and conservation work takes place early in the morning or during the night to avoid disruption to visitors.
The Royal Pavilion attracts of thousands of visitors from across the globe each year, helping to make the city a prime location to come and enjoy. So far in this financial year the Royal Pavilion has welcomed 30,000 more visitors than in the same period last year, and this increase shows no sign of slowing down. The closed period allows for a more significant impact to be made in public areas to ensure that visitors enjoy the best experience possible.
Before the maintenance works take place, The Royal Pavilion is opening its doors for free for the People’s Palace Open Day on Sunday 22 January. During the day there will be the chance to experience A Regency Utopia, the soundscape specially-commissioned for the Royal Pavilion and used for last year’s annual White Night.
Visitors wishing to catch the Dress For Excess exhibition before it closes can visit on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February. The display will then be removed, and the installation of Charlotte, the Forgotten Princess will commence, ready for the exhibition opening on 10 March 2012.
Published 19th January 2012
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