Brighton Royal Pavillion and Museum

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The James Henry Green Charitable Trust
One of the key collectors was James Henry Green, who assembled an important collection of textiles, photographs, notes, books and diaries from the northern hill states of Burma (Myanmar) in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1992, the James Henry Green Charitable Trust chose Brighton & Hove Museums to be the long-term caretaker of the collection. This provided an annual endowment which has enabled the museum to develop the collection in exciting and dynamic new ways, including through collecting, commissioning, audience development, publication and research.
The support of the Trust and other funders has also enabled the world art collection to be used as a platform for engagement with source communities outside the UK and with diaspora and other communities living in Brighton & Hove. Sustained partnerships continue – for example, with makers and researchers in Burma, and with local organizations such as the Hindu Women’s Group.

Since its foundation in 1873, Brighton & Hove Museums have actively collected objects from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. The bulk of the collections were acquired between 1870 and 1940, as members of the colonial service and missionaries returned from the outposts of empire to retire to the south coast. A number of significant late 19th and early 20th century collections were thus obtained, either purchased or donated as museum bequests. These included the extensive Oceanic collections of James Lloyd Ashbury and William Kebbell; the exceptional Mendeland textile collections of Thomas Joshua Alldridge; and Frederick William Lucas’s unique collection of objects made from animal, human or plant materials from across the globe.