Brighton College has just celebrated its 175th anniversary, with commemorations taking place throughout the school.

This collection of photos provides a fascinating snapshot of its past.

The Argus: The college as it looks todayThe college as it looks today

A college spokesman said: “We wish all of our pupils, parents and staff a very happy birthday.

“It is remarkable to look through old photographs and see how the city and college have changed over time, and we look forward to sharing the next 175 years with Kemp Town.”

The Argus: A print of Brighton College in 1885A print of Brighton College in 1885

Brighton College, which was Sussex’s first independent school, was founded in 1845.

It has played an important role in the development of education in Britain, including having the first purpose-built science laboratory at a school.

The Argus: The college was almost destroyed by a fire in 1907The college was almost destroyed by a fire in 1907

And it has had many notable events in its history – including a fire in 1907, which saw the college nearly burnt down.

Community service has long been a part of school life. In 1942, it converted its engineering workshop into a munitions factory with staff, pupils and parents making nose caps for bombs to help with the war effort.

The Argus: The school was used as a munitions factory during the Second World WarThe school was used as a munitions factory during the Second World War

Some of the photos show the college’s more recent history, with pictures of the Queen’s visit in 1962, as well as photos which reveal day-to-day life outside the college in Eastern Road in 1970.

Until Covid struck, pupils volunteered and worked with charities throughout the city all year round.

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The college recently launched its “Opening Doors” scholarship programme, offering free places for talented and ambitious local sixth formers.