A Georgian/Victorian builder materialises

Some time ago, we purchased an architectural drawing by C A Busby, 'the Regency architect of Brighton & Hove'. Busby's plan had been 'contractualised' by a speculator and builder, each signing and dating the drawing and agreeing a price to develop the property shown. The builder was one, George William Sawyer. Just the other day, we received a telephone call from his great-great-great-granddaughter and, after a long discussion, we have agreed to meet and swap information about this intriguing fellow. In due course, hopefully, we will bring you more information about G W Sawyer and the Brighton & Hove streets he helped to build.

MHMS goes to Helsinki

In June, Erica Calogero, a long-term Town House collaborator working at Brighton University, will be presenting a paper about MHMS at CIDOC2012. Running with the strap line, 'Enriching Cultural Heritage' CIDOC's Helsinki conference runs 10-14 June. For further information, see:

Note - CIDOC is a constituent committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and is ICOM's International Committee for Documentation, providing the museum community with advice on good practice and developments in museum documentation.

Refining 2012 plans

This year, in addition to our already established plans, we will run a series of MHMS exhibitions in the autumn where we will be providing the occupancy data to a small number of the properties in a street. Our plan is to whet people's appetites with this material and invite residents to assist us complete the data gathering work that provides listings for every house. Let us know if you would like your street to feature! 

Plans for 2012 developing

We are getting along now with developing our 2012 MHMS offer. Plans are still not entirely finalised but we do now know that we will be researching several new streets, including North Place, Gardner Street and Gloucester Street. Watch this space in a couple of months time for an update on our plans, we hope to have a definitive itinerary in place by early-June.

Occupancy data now provided

The first of our occupancy data is now available for searching. We have uploaded information from the census for ten streets. Next we will add data from the directories for the same ten streets and, in time, both census and directory data for additional streets.

To see this information, go to Occupancy data.

Thanks Amy, for all your hard work tweaking the IT system :-)

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