The Music Room

This room was built for performances by George IV’s private band. Up to 46 musicians would play in the band, and would regularly entertain George and his guests at the Pavilion.

Royal Pavilion music room during 1826 at a dance

© Royal Pavilion & Museums, Music Room, 1826

The room gave guests plenty to look at while they listened to the music. Nine chandeliers hung from the ceiling, while dragons and serpents crept across the walls.

As an Indian hospital, this room was used as a large ward. Screens were placed over the walls, so that the decoration would not be damaged.

Music room as a hospital ward for Indian soldiers during WW1

© Royal Pavilion & Museums, Music Room as Indian Hopsital Ward, 1915

In the Limbless Hospital, this room became a recreation room. The patients could play billiards and card games here. A stage was set up on one end of the room so that the men could watch shows by local musical and theatre groups.

Photograph of the limbless WW1 soldiers in the Royal Pavilion Recreation Room

© Royal Pavilion & Museums, Music Room as a Recreation Room for Limbless Men, 1917

Some of the patients of the Limbless Hospital also set up their own band, and probably performed in this room.