Title ID 7228Collection ID876
Title[Brighton: Visit to West Pier]
Date[ca. 1994]
CollectionB. C. Suter
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeSeaside Leisure
KeywordsPiers Piers [West Pier, Brighton] Cultural Heritage Local History Buildings Outings Seaside Resorts
RegionalBrighton & Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionB. C. Suter
CameraB. C. Suter
FormatColour Silent
Duration3 min. 48 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Various shots taken during a guided tour of the West Pier, shown in severe decline, as filmed by by B. C. Suter in the early 1990s.


This amateur film shows a guided tour of the dilapidated West Pier in Brighton. The tour group dressed in safety equipment (hard hats and life jackets), make their way onto the structure following a briefing by their guide. Debris is piled up and scattered across the Victorian structure, still standing, but in deep decline. Sections of the iron framework stand in the sea, the decking having fallen away. Kiosks and buildings stand atop the structure in disrepair, with views inside. The group stand in a line, listening while the guide speaks. Interior views of the buildings follow, their windows looking out onto the beach. Their exteriors, cracked and peeling and covered in sea birds and pigeons.


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SASE holds a viewing copy of footage of Brighton's West Pier before its decline, titled On the West Pier (1897), which was taken by pioneering film-maker James Williamson around thirty years after the pier was built. Promenaders are filmed from a fixed position, walking on the Pier in their finery.

West Pier, an animated feature produced by Mark Collington, offers a poetic illustration of the pier's history and fall into decline, now 'little more than a grade one listed rusty skeleton'.

Further films taken by B. C. Suter of the West Pier, include [Brighton: West Pier] (July 1994) [Brighton: West Pier Scenes] ([1986?]) and Brighton: West Pier Revisited (1986).