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Brighton Pink Plaques is your convenient personal tour guide to Brighton's LGBT past and the perfect companion during Brighton's LGBT History Month.

Are you in Brighton or planning a trip soon?
Do you enjoy learning about social history?
Would you like to discover some of the LGBT stories of the City of Brighton & Hove?

Brighton Pink Plaques isn't only an engaging treat for anyone interested in the LGBT history of the UK's queerest city. It is full of delightful stories of excitement, subterfuge, fun, protest and love - providing an affordable and rewarding way to enrich your experience of this vibrant city.

If you have walked down its streets today then you will know that there's plenty to see but there's also much more below the surface and Brighton Pink Plaques can help you uncover it.

Brighton Pink Plaques is packed with stories, photos and facts from the "Walkie Talkie" tours of Brighton-based author and local historian Rose Collis. Since 1985, her features, interviews and reviews have appeared in over 30 publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Mail On Sunday, The Independent, The Times, TV Times, The Bookseller, Time Out, City Limits and Tribune. Her tours have featured in a number of festivals and annual events, including

• The Brighton Fringe Festival
• Brighton & Hove Open Door 2009 & 2010
• Winter Pride
• The Word
• Brighton Libraries’ series of ‘Encyclopaedic Knowledge’ local history events in 2010
• Events for ‘JourneyOn’ and VisitBrighton.com.

After downloading Brighton Pink Plaques you will know* the hotel where Anne Lister had a dirty weekend, the pub at which a certain pop group's manager, Brian Epstein, quaffed and which gay bookstore owner was prosecuted for stocking 'obscene' material. It's all possible even if, unfortunately, you live far from this exciting city.

Brighton Pink Plaques features:
• three themed tours written by Rose Collis
• 75 virtual plaques across the city (55 for free, remainder via In-App purchase)
• text, address, photograph and web site (if appropriate) for each
• each plaque identified on a map of Brighton
• create personal tours by grouping existing plaques to suit your interest
• sort the tours by theme or estimated duration
• configurable walking speed and time spent at each plaque
• choose your own pace
• respects your preferred iOS7 font size
• enlarge photographs for more detail
• all device orientations supported on most pages
• VoiceOver integration

Rose has provided three tours; "Hotels", "Cafes and Shops" and "Pubs and Clubs". The information for some plaques may simply be factual, but many have intriguing and frequently surprising and occasionally hilarious anecdotes about the lives of the city's famous residents and visitors and the places at which they stayed.

Using Brighton Pink Plaques, you can set off along the city's pavements taking in all a tour's sights (stopping now and then for refreshment of course!), perhaps using any accompanying website link to see what happens there now, rather than 60 or more years ago and wonder at changes since the lives of people laughing, protesting, working and loving all those years ago.

In the UK Blue Plaques on a building denote a historical significance. We felt that Pink Plaques would be a great way of commemorating the wonderful LGBT history of Brighton, albeit virtual. Maybe one day there will be physical ones too ...

* Assuming that all 75 plaques are unlocked.

What’s New

Version 2.1

• Now provides the convenience and security of using Safari itself to view any plaque’s web site (requires iOS9 or later)
• A few web site addresses have been updated
• Internal enhancements.

If you enjoy using Brighton Pink Plaques then please leave a review; if not, contact me! Thanks.

Ratings and Reviews

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1 Rating

Ric Morris ,

Wonderful revelations about Brighton's gay past

There's something gay around every corner in this city - and it goes back further than you might realise. Interesting and unexpected tales about people and places - with photos and maps. Good to read on its own or while wandering around Brighton.


Stephen Watson
11.8 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this application.
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
Unrestricted Web Access
Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
© 2015 Stephen Watson
In-App Purchases
  1. Complete set of Plaques £0.99


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