• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Brighton Pavilion: Members Excursion

Royal Pavilion Indian Army Hospital, c1917

The Royal Pavilion during its use as an Indian military hospital, c1915

Join us for an exclusive members-only excursion to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, exploring its fascinating history as an Indian Army hospital during the First World War.

During the First World War, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton became a makeshift hospital specifically catering to soldiers of the British Indian Army. 

Join us on an exclusive tour, featuring talks by experts and curators from both the Royal Pavilion and the National Army Museum. 

Constructed as the seaside pleasure palace of King George IV, the Pavilion was converted into a military hospital at the outbreak of the First World War. It was first used for Indian Army soldiers who had become sick or wounded while fighting on the Western Front. Careful arrangements were made to cater for the cultural and religious needs of the patients. 

A coach will be provided for return travel between the National Army Museum and the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.


11.00am – Depart from the National Army Museum
12.45pm – Arrive at the Royal Pavilion
1.00pm – Introduction by Dr Alan Jeffreys and Kevin Bacon
2.00pm – Guided tour of the Royal Pavilion
3.15pm – Free time to explore the Royal Pavilion
4.00pm – Depart from the Royal Pavilion
5.45pm – Arrive back at the National Army Museum

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