Now in it’s third year, Brains at The Bevy is a series of short and enlightening talks from local academics delivered an The Bevendean, Britain’s first community owned pub. Developed in 2016, the programme is back by popular demand and once again promises to provide an array of interesting topics running from April through to November with talks including:

What is feminism?

The power of cafes as places of creativity

The People’s Pier – Regeneration, community, and popular culture heritage

How the Arts Can Change the World (Again)

Urban mammals: what happens in your garden after dark?

Food allergy: facts and fiction

Sole Searching – Shoes and stories of our modern material culture 

How to save our NHS


All talks will start at 6pm and last for an hour, including lots of time for questions and discussion. Tea and coffee will be provided during the talk and all are welcome to stay on afterwards to enjoy food and drink available at the Bevy. Full listings and details can be found on our Events Page



All the talks are free but booking is essential. You can RSVP to and tell them which talks you would like to attend.


“Absolutely great. Communities need more events like this to connect people together. Well presented, well publicised. Glad I made it.”

“Speaker was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. She pitched the whole talk perfectly. A thoroughly wonderful evening. More of the same please”


Brains at The Bevy was developed in partnership with CuPP (Community University Partnership Programme) at the University of Brighton and The Bevy, and is funded by the Sussex Learning Network