Janita Bagshawe

Director of Royal Pavilion and Head of Museums - Royal Pavilion and Museums

Janita has over thirty years’ experience in the museum sector, much of it gained at the Royal Pavilion and Museums where, prior to becoming Director, she held a number of senior management positions. Her introduction to museums was through voluntary work for the National Trust and Norfolk Museum Services. She went on to have posts in museum education and teaching in Norfolk, Swindon and Brighton. She currently sits on Brighton and Hove’s Arts Commission and its steering group representing city wide heritage interests.

 The Royal Pavilion and Museums is run by Brighton and Hove City Council which is the only local authority to own and manage a former royal palace. The organisation is also responsible for three museums, an Edwardian manor house and 1 million items in the collections. Currently RPM is a partner with East Sussex County Council and the University of Sussex in a major £19m capital project to develop an historical resource service for the city and the county of East Sussex which will house and provide research and learning facilities for archives, including the University’s Mass Observation Archive, and RPM’s local history 2D collections and resources.  It is due to open in late 2013. The organisation is working on a range of future projects including improvements to the Royal Pavilion Estate with performing arts partners Brighton Dome Festival ,who occupy buildings in the Estate and a feasibility for an environmental interpretation centre,  drawing on the natural history and archaeology collections.

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