Written by Abigail Wharne, Archivist
Friday, 29 September 2017

Over the years, we’ve had many exciting events at Brighton College – several of which are documented in the archive. Out of these, one really stands out. I would even go as far as to say it is mentioned at least once a week, usually by an Old Brightonian. This event is the Queen’s visit in 1962.

The Argus describes the Queen’s 1962 trip to Sussex as being the most popular among Brighton residents. Her Majesty was visiting the area to open the George Street Renovation Programme in Hove. As part of her tour of the city, she also popped into the College. 

Regular comments from OBs who were here at the time, also indicate that her visit is a favourite memory of theirs. We consequently thought it would be great to share some archived photographs, which you may have never seen before:

Were you at the College on this day? If so, we’d love to hear from you. It would be brilliant to share some of your memories to bring life to the photographs.

Abigail Wharne


Abigail joined the Development team in April 2015, having previously worked for the University of Sussex Special Collections, East Sussex Record Office and Towner Art Gallery. She regularly answers historical enquiries and catalogues archive material, so that it can be accessed by College staff and the public.

Abigail also manages the school’s heritage collections, including rare books and a wide range of artefacts. As a qualified teacher, she enjoys using archives to inspire and educate Brighton College pupils.

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