Paul Farrington, a member of Brighton Swimming Club received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in July 2011 to create an accessible archive that delves into a fascinating and extensive heritage of swimming in Brighton using archives that date back to 1860. Until now, the club’s archives have remained hidden, unseen and unknown to members of the club, the public and historians.

Founded on the 4th May 1860, at a meeting held at the Jolly Fisherman’s Inn in Market Street, Brighton. The club promotes an ongoing heritage of swimming in the sea, the pool, water polo, sub aqua, diving and synchronized swimming. Traditional annual events are still held, such as the Christmas Day Swim (dating back to 1885) and the Pier to Pier race (dating back to 1936).