Trafalgar Street regeneration project (PressRelease 2021-07)

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Press release for the Upper Trafalgar Street Regeneration Project proposal:


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Opening Up The North Laine Gateway

Brighton Toy and Model Museum renovation project will bring light and life to the top of Trafalgar Street, making it the “North Laine Gateway”

One of the first things visitors to Brighton see is a gloomy underpass daubed with graffiti and strewn with old posters and stickers. It’s funny to think that this underpass houses one of Brighton and Hove’s most individual visitor attractions: Brighton Toy and Model Museum.

Brighton Toy and Model Museum, working alongside Benedict O’Looney Architects and the Railway Heritage Trust, have submitted a planning application to replace the modern brickwork which fills the Victorian arches with glazing to regenerate the area by bringing light and life to the underpass, making Trafalgar Street the “Gateway to the North Laine”. Brighton and Hove Tourism Alliance and Network Rail are also involved in regeneration proposals, with plans of their own to improve the space beneath Brighton Railway Station’s entrance. Their contribution to the project includes a plan for the removal of the tattered posters and graffiti at the top of Trafalgar Street, replacing it with an attractive new mural instead. The Railway Heritage Trust has pledged 40% of the structural costs, and with an additional 10% from the Toy Museum, we are already at the halfway mark and are now looking for additional partners to help with match-funding. North Laine is a vibrant area known for its many quality independent traders, but is often overlooked as visitors head straight from the station to the sea. If you are able to contribute to this fantastic scheme, please contact Brighton Toy and Model Museum.

Jan Etches, Brighton Toy and Model Museum’s General Manager said “We are keen to use this opportunity to regenerate our end of Trafalgar Street so that visitors to Brighton get a much improved first impression of the city and also draw their attention to Trafalgar Street and the other wonderful North Laine independent traders. We hope that everyone gets as excited about this project to improve our community as we are!”


Brighton Toy and Model Museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Chris Littledale, Founder and Director, established the museum in 1991 in order to share his love of toys and models. The museum’s mission is to bring “endless pleasure to boys and girls of all ages”. Covering the Golden Age of Toymaking, from the late 1800s-1960s, the museum houses one of the finest exhibitions of toys and models in the world, rarely seen on public display as collections of this quality are often in private hands. Brighton Toy and Model Museum inspires learning for all ages through its educational programmes including, schools, guided tours for special interest groups and family friendly activities. The museum is a unique venue for hire for corporate events, performances, special occasions and is one of the quirkier venues for Brighton Festival Fringe.

Contact Jan Etches, General Manager

01273 749494

52-55 Trafalgar Street