SEAS Beyond the View Exhibition 20 Aug – 4 Sep

seas dreamlandSEAS Archive-Beyond The View Exhibition

The Droit House, Stone Pier, Margate CT9 1JD
(Next to the Turner Contemporary)

20 Aug 2016 – 04 Sep 2016

Beyond the View is a small temporary exhibition displaying some of the remarkable images held in the collections of the South East Archive of Seaside Photography.

As part of the temporary exhibition programme there will be Community Collection Day on the 27th August and a talk by the SEAS Photography Archivist at 2pm on the 4th September.

The exhibition is delivered with the support of the Discover Thanet’s Coast project – funded through the Coastal Communities Fund.

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SEAS Photography Community Collection Day – Saturday 27th August 11am-4pm

The South East Archive of Seaside Photography (SEAS) project is locating, collating and archiving “Walkies” photographs taken along the South East Coast.

These images were mostly taken by Sunbeam photographers, but not considered worthy of archiving. The photographer would snap couples or families walking along the prom, or with props such as the famous Sunbeam donkeys – you can see a restored Sunbeam donkey at Margate Museum. The photographs would be rapidly printed (postcard size) and available for purchase from purpose-built kiosks.

Do you or your family have any “Walkies” photographs to add to our collection?

They must have been taken by Sunbeam or another commercial photographer, and they will have a number or company name on the front or back. They may even be in a special “holiday wallet”.

Please come down to the Beyond the View exhibition at the Droit House and have a chat with archivist Nigel Breadman and the SEAS team.

Any photographs you offer will be scanned, credited to you, catalogued with any detail you can provide, and safely returned to you.

If you wish to see how the ‘walkies’ collections are archived go to the SEAS Photography website at

SEAS Photography Archivist Exhibition Talk – Sunday 4th September 2pm

Nigel Breadman the Archivist for the South East Archive of Seaside Photography (SEAS) will be giving an informal talk about the Sunbeam photographic company, from its inception in Margate just after the First World War, through to the company’s demise in 1975.

Nigel will talk about the subsequent rescue and digital archiving of the Sunbeam collection by the team set up at Canterbury Christ Church University, Broadstairs, and funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The talk is free and starts at 2pm. No need to book, just come along.

About SEAS Photography
The South East Archive of Seaside Photography (SEAS Photography) was first established in 2012 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The archive is located at the Broadstairs Campus of Canterbury Christ Church University where staff, volunteers and students undertake research into seaside photographic practices, communities and cultures.

SEAS Photography specialises in organising exhibitions and events that offer new and exciting perspectives on British seaside photography.

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