Originally conceived as a ‘People’s Palace’, the De La Warr Pavilion is an experiment in democratic social enterprise; the prototype for the modern cultural centre and the blueprint for the Southbank. Today, over 85 years after opening in 1935, we are proud of our rich architectural and social heritage. We explore and champion our heritage through our programmes and work tirelessly to conserve the fabric of Grade I Listed building for future generations. This blog shares some of the work we have done despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Over the past six months, we’ve enjoyed sharing the story of vital remedial repair works to our south staircase window. This was funded by a grant from Historic England as part of the Culture Recovery Fund, the Government’s £1.57 billion package to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sectors from the impacts of Covid-19.

Now that the works are complete, Historic England has worked with the DLWP team and those within our community to produce a video celebrating the project. It features members of our team, Young Creatives, volunteers, Members and Rossana Leal – founder of the Refugee Buddy Project, Hastings, Rother & Wealden. You can read more about the announcement and start of the works on our blog. Watch the new video below:



If you love the Pavilion’s rich architectural and living social history, you may wish to relive our online Members & Patrons events, so far, on YouTube.

From Victorian to Modern: Bexhill & DLWP
Bexhill Museum Curator Julian Porter explains how DLWP, an icon of modernism, came to be in a Victorian seaside town and our story since. WATCH

Wartime Bexhill – Were We Really Closed?
Julian Porter takes a deeper dive into the wartime history of DLWP and Bexhill from the outbreak of war to post-war recovery. As you will discover, we were far from closed! WATCH

Carl Gent, in conversation with Rosie Cooper
Acclaimed artist Carl Gent, raised in Bexhill, explores their practice, career, and alternative histories of Bexhill with DLWP Head of Exhibitions Rosie Cooper. WATCH

We will be sharing further talks on our YouTube in due course, including Rossana Leal: Solidarity, Community & Action and Sussex Modernism by the Sea, with historian Kathryn Ferry.


All these events were delivered exclusively for our Members & Patrons. As well as exclusive online content, our Members enjoy a 10% discount in our Café Bar & Shop, priority booking for live events, Members gig bar and more…

DLWP has been bringing communities together through culture for over 85 years. We are your Pavilion and we still need your support. The best way to do this is by joining us as a Member or Patron.


by Dan Scales, Fundraiser

Posted by dan on Friday 14 May 2021