Britain on Film Coast & Sea

‘West Sussex Coast & Sea’

Explore the history of the Sussex coastline at the West Sussex Record office throughout August and September and enjoy a talk by Dr Frank Gray on 26 September as he presents ‘Sea Sussex’ a portrait of maritime Sussex illustrated with films drawn from the collection of Screen Archive South East.  He will introduce the different uses of film within everyday life to capture and record particular times in history such as the launching of the Selsey and Shoreham lifeboats, ‘swallows and amazon’ style sailing in Itchenor in the 1930s, and in glorious colour: Sunday School outings to Littlehampton in 1949 and the bustling activity of Shoreham Harbour.  

West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street, Chichester, PO19 1DD tel: 01243 753602

‘Bawleys, Barbels and Owlers – Life along the Kent coast’

Enjoy a fascinating glimpse into Kent’s coastal history from oyster farming, sea-bathing, shipbuilding and smuggling. With archive film from Screen Archive South East including a visit to North Foreland Lighthouse in Broadstairs, Herne Bay pier ablaze in 1970, cockles & whelks and the Hoverlloyd in Ramsgate harbour, and the earliest publicity film of Margate from 1923.

Supported by a varied programme of talks and events featuring pirates, bronze age boats, naval defence, sea shanties and more. 

Kent History & Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ

5 August – 28 October 2017.

For more information on talks and events visit Kent History & Library Centre

or call: 03000 414404

Film digitised by funding from the British Film Institute’s Unlocking Film Heritage Project and the exhibition is made possible by additional funding from the British Film Institute’s Britain on Film Programme Development Fund.

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