Mapping Mithras

Exploring Brighton residents' Moulsecoomb memories

Mapping Mithras Project

The University of Brighton is seeking residents’ Moulsecoomb memories for Mapping Mithras, an oral history and heritage project

Local people in Moulsecoomb and surrounding areas are being encouraged to take part in a new oral history and heritage project exploring the changes taking place around the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus.



The Mapping Mithras project – named after Mithras House, which sits at the heart of the campus on Lewes Road and soon to be new location for the School of Humanities and Social Science – aims to capture local community, student and staff perspectives on the rich and varied history of this corner of Brighton.

Aerial view of Moulsecoomb, Brighton, showing housing and University of Brighton buildings including Mithras House, beyond it the cityscape and the sea in the distance.

Project organisers are looking for community input and volunteers to help collect memories in the form of oral histories which will help form both mobile and permanent exhibitions in the area, plus other learning resources.

The project team will be offering free oral history training this spring to those getting involved with Mapping Mithras, as well as public events and building tours. They will draw on existing community archives and history groups located in the area, alongside Moulsecoomb’s public library and The Keep.

Dr Deborah Madden, Principal Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science, said: “This project will explore the history of Mithras House and its precursor, the Allen West factory, and the local Lewes Road area. We want to encourage members of the community, both past and present, to share their memories and to help us collect the memories of others in this part of the city.

“The resources we gather will open up social and community histories, alongside histories of neighbouring Bates Estate, Saunders Park and Bevendean. Saunders Park will be one hundred years old in 2024, so there is scope for this history to be folded into our project too. Together, we want to strengthen local connections through community research and oral history.

Working with local stakeholders including schools, community groups and businesses, we are looking forward to designing, developing and delivering a programme of creative activity that will highlight the area’s rich history and give creative expression to diverse voices and stories from our past”.

The project’s outputs will be displayed at the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus, where Mithras House itself is undergoing renovation to provide spaces for learning and research, including a home for the School of Humanities and Social Science. They will also tour further afield in the local schools, community centres and libraries.

Our website here,, will provide regular updates as the project progresses.

If you are interested in participating, please contact project manager Nicola Benge at

Nicola will also be sharing work on the project on Twitter via

@benge_nicola using the hashtag #MappingMithras.

Deborah Madden • March 30, 2023

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