Regency Society Image Collections

The Regency Society provides access for the public to two unique digital collections of historic images of Brighton and Hove.

The James Gray Collection

Visit the James Gray Collection

James Gray spent his working life in insurance but his real passion was for the streets of Brighton and Hove.

His vast collection of topographical pictures began in the 1950s with the chance acquisition of a few images showing the Western Road. From then on, he bought, swapped and commissioned a huge range of views of the city and beyond.

After his death in 1998, the Regency Society was lucky to buy the collection, which offers a unique photographic record and provides invaluable insight into the way our city has looked during the second half of the 19th and much of the twentieth century.

The 39 volumes of the James Gray Collection, contain around 7,500 annotated photographs arranged by area. 

The Regency Society Brighton Prints Collection

The Society of Brighton Print Collectors has made available an extensive digital collection of prints of the Brighton and Hove area produced from the late eighteenth century onwards. A website to display these is under construction and will be made available in late 2017.

Top: Brighton seen from the Chain Pier. Steel engraving 1845. Reproduced courtesy of the Society of Brighton Print Collectors