Brighton’s Royal Pavilion was a palace built for banquets and balls, but during WW1it was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers from Britain and India.

This website allows you to explore some of the rooms used as hospital wards 100 years ago. Young writers bring the hospital back to life with diaries and letters written by imaginary patients.

Explore the Pavilion Estate and listen to the stories.

The Indian hospital
1914 - 1916
The Pavilion was first used as a hospital for Indian solders. These were men who had grown up in small villages in India, and had never expected to fight in a war in Europe. Now they found themselves being treated in a beautiful royal palace – which they were told had been given for their use by King George V. These stories were written and recorded by Year 9 students at Hove Park School.
The hospital for limbless men
1916 - 1920
Thousands of soldiers lost arms and legs during WW1. Often this was because wounds had become infected, and limbs were amputated before deadly gangrene could set in. Over 6000 men were treated at the Pavilion Hospital for Limbless men. They were not just given medical treatment and artificial limbs. The hospital was set up to train the men in new skills so they could build new lives for the future. These stories were written and recorded by the Young Carers, Brighton & Hove. Young Carers are young people that take on a significant caring role for family members that are ill or disabled.