Names on the buses

611 Dr Clifford Musgrave

Connections with Brighton and Hove : As director of the Royal Pavilion in the years after the Second World War, Dr Musgrave had the unenviable job of rescuing the palace from wartime disrepair. But he did much more than that. He persuaded Brighton Council, which owned the Pavilion, to restore the Pavilion to its original splendour. Each summer, Musgrave presided over the Regency exhibition during which original furniture which had gone elsewhere was lent to the palace. In the end it was returned to the palace for year-round display and Musgrave managed to up the number of visits to almost half a million a year. Musgrave also did a fine service to Brighton and Hove in 1945 when he became a founder member of the Regency Society which has done great conservation work ever since. But his most lasting achievement was to have written a seminal book on the town he loved called Life in Brighton. First published in 1970, it gives a loving and learned account of the resort from its earliest days to modern times.

611 Scania Omnidekka carried name since delivery in June 2003, repainted into new Metro 1 livery April 2007. Metro 1 branding removed April 2012. Bus sold May 2015.

Life in Brighton book

Photograph of Dr Clifford Musgrave reproduced with the kind permission of the Royal Pavilion, Libraries and Museums (Brighton and Hove).