Brighton before the Pavilion looks at aspects of the town that were important before the arrival of the grandees; the physical geography that ensured it was the largest town in Sussex, the social geography that gave it the liberal spirit and its radical edge and the psycho-geography that makes Brighton…Brighton!

Geoffrey Mead was born and raised in Brighton, educated at Brighton & Hove Grammar and University of Sussex where he took a geography degree. He worked in adult education for Sussex from 1984 – 2010 and did a PhD in Brighton’s interwar suburban growth at Patcham. From 1997-2002 Geoffrey was a West Pier tour guide, ‘One of the best jobs I have ever had!’