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Brighton Royal Pavillion Museums

The Brighton Royal Pavillion Museum has published a clean subset of its collection data, with images.

The files are taken from their collections of

  • Archaeology (17 records)
  • Costume (193 records)
  • Craft (33 records)
  • Decorative Art (1914)
  • Fine Art (422)
  • Local Photographs (1777)
  • Natural Science (40)
  • Toys (41)

Fields are Asset type, date created, description, ID, linked accession no, orientation, size

The data files are available to download from their site and includes zip files of images.

Used In Anger

Map the Museum uses some of this data, and also generates more open data and object images that are being released through that site.

New Cabinets for New Curiosities used the data sets to encourage hacks with the data as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2012

Artist Tom Hamilton created Wunderflies using the data, which won funding from the New Cabinets project.

Technical Details

The data is 3* open: CSV files to the Spectrum Standard. The image files are just over 1GB to download.

An example entry:

ID  Category    Object Name Common Name Producer    Date Produced   Collector   Place Collected Date Collected  Culture Materials   Measurements    Description Image ref.
HA220004    Archaeology Polished Axe            Neolithic   Ernest H Willett    Portslade, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom, Europe            Flint   Whole: 118 mm x 66 mm   This is a Neolithic polished flint axe which was found re-used as part of a wall in Portslade, East Sussex. dmas_ha220004_d01_cc1024.jpg

Dataset Size

Around 4.5k records.


CC0 for data so no restrictions. Images are Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs so you can use but not modify, and must credit The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove.

Contact information

Via Comment on Site or Twitter @BrightonMuseums

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