|Title ID||8380||Collection ID||1188|
|Title||On the West Pier|
|Theme||Early film in the South East Seaside|
|Keywords||Piers [West Pier, Brighton] Piers Everyday Life Beaches Seaside Resorts Clothing Children|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Visitors to the West Pier filmed from a single fixed position by James Williamson in the late 1890s.
Visitors to the West Pier, old and young, male and female, pass before the camera. The promenaders look and wave in its direction. Some carry parasols or push prams. Men wear bowler hats, top hats or boaters. All are smartly dressed for their day out. Young boys tip their hats and bow to the camera.
The film is also known as 'Early Fashions on Brighton Pier' (1898) and copies are held at the British Film Institute (BFI)