About and Contact

The Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission was formed in 2013 to campaign for the preservation and enhancement of the character and amenities of the city. We are also an umberella organisation representing the concerns and interests of many heritage and community groups across the city, each of whom are actively involved in maintaining, and, when necessary, defending the heritage value of their area against threat.

We believe the importance of heritage cannot be overestimated. In Brighton and Hove heritage forms the city’s cultural identity and informs a sizeable part of the cultural life of our city to this day. Heritage is a tangible link to our history and few people would come to Brighton and Hove if they did not also think it a special city and worth coming to visit.

However sadly there are those who would happily see our heritage bulldozed for the sake of short-term financial gain and the erection of poor quality characterless buildings with a 50-year shelf life, if fashion does not replace them first. As English planning directives and regulations devolve and dilute, this threat grows greater.

Whilst BHHC are not against change, we believe change should evolve sensitively and for the long-term, involving full local consultation and genuine vision for the future, so Brighton and Hove can remain special, and even act as a benchmark for other towns and cities facing the same challenges. We want visitors to be able to visit in 200 years time and still find Brighton and Hove to be a special and vibrant city. A city with a past as well as a future.

We welcome new members and groups who share our feelings and who seek to join us as campaigners rather than commentators.

If you are interested in joining us please fill in membership form BHHC Membership Form 2018 and return.

Press and Media enquiries: Please contact Roger Amerena Tel: 01273 203599 or Email: [email protected]


5 thoughts on “About and Contact

  1. Hello – Is BHHC responsible for the heritage plaques that the city places on buildings to commemorate notable people who lived there?

    If so, can you tell me how the recommendations for the plaques are submitted, and how those who are commemorated are ultimately chosen?

    Damon Taylor

    • Hello Geoff. Not sure if Roger has replied but it will be 20th July 2019. Email invitation going out soon. best wishes, Laura

  2. C.A.R.S. (Classic Automobilia & Regalia Specialists) U.K.
    Classic Car Memorabilia, Automobilia, Car Badges & Motoring Mascots, Railwayana, Toys, Models & Trains along with associated Ephemera as Auction Catalogues, Reference Books & Magazines.

    Did you know that Madeira Drive was first conceived as a motor racing circuit (by Brighton Borough Council at the time). Built as an oval running round from the Aquarium up Dukes Mound to Black Rock in a similar vein to Brooklands, but not on that vast scale.
    The Whistler News and views from the West Hill / Seven Dials area of Brighton Feeds: Posts Comments « West Hill Watch » Madeira Terraces June 1, 2018 by westhillwhistler
    The Madeira Terraces in Kemp Town were built in 1890 as a tourist attraction by Brighton Borough Council. Sadly, 130 years later they have become unsafe and have been closed off.
    During an annual inspection big cracks were noticed in the Terraces. A survey was later carried out, which revealed that the cracks were due to the structure being built without expansion joints, and also that the girders that make up the walkway were all corroded.
    The estimated cost of restoration was £24m. A group of Kemp Town residents formed a group on Facebook to start fundraising for the Madeira Terraces restoration. Suggestions were made including: sponsoring a plaque and holding a garden fête in Marine Square.
    Eventually the sponsoring turned into a crowd-funding scheme and the fete turned into a community raffle.
    The raffle tickets were sold through 45 outlets, including businesses in Seven Dials: Fullertons and Seven Cellars Wine Merchants, which also gave a prize, as did Mermaid Island.
    The Flour Pot Bakery sold specially made Madeira cakes for our benefit, so thank you everyone in Seven Dials who bought tickets and gave us a prize. The raffle, possibly Brighton’s biggest, raised £16,700 which, together with the crowd-funding, raised nearly half a million pounds.
    That means that this year work can start on restoring the first 3 arches. There are 151 altogether, which means that more money needs to be raised. As it was so popular and successful the group decided to have a second one, a Midsummer Raffle, to be drawn on 30 June.
    This time we aim to get 700 prizes and raise £20k for the restoration fund. I am pleased to say Seven Dials is supporting us again, with Ayten Gasson, Seven Cellars and Fullertons selling our raffle tickets and Homage donating a super raffle prize. Other businesses have also pledged prizes and any businesses, artists, crafters or residents who would like to offer a raffle prize, please get in touch via Facebook or pop into one of the shops which are selling our raffle tickets.
    To see the list of over 400 prizes collected so far, to donate and buy tickets, please join Save Madeira Terraces Raffle Group on Facebook.
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    “Please do your bit to save Madeira Terraces as all the classic car, classic bike and related motoring events happen down here for all things automotive related including the World famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. This being the UK’s most prestigious motoring hub and the HQ of The B&HMC. So we need your kind help urgently and…. NOW!”

    Save Madeira Terraces… Yes they MUST be saved! This is the most prestigius venue in the UK for the nations veteran and classic car runs, gatherings & meetings of not only classic cars, but veteran & vintage commercial vehicles, motorcycles of all eras, along with the world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and The Classic & Kit Car run (along with many more) both anual events at both ends of the classic car calendar. ALL of these events take place along Madeira Drive and the Terraces can no longer entertain the supporting activities either below or above, so they MUST be saved for us and for future generations. This is also the home of the Volk’s Electric Railway (the worlds oldest and still running) and the B&HMC which has its headquarters at the end of Madeira Drive…. So come on do your bit and buy some raffle tickets right NOW!

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