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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The long and the shore of it: seaside network boosts heritage preservation

Scarborough Museums Trust is spearheading a national network of organisations and individuals keen to preserve the UK’s unique seaside heritage.

Scarborough's North Bay. Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
The Seaside Heritage Network will comprise professionals working with seaside collections and all those interested in seaside history, heritage and culture.

The network is being launched as part of a project by Scarborough Museums Trust, which has a large collection of seaside-related items, and is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.

Project manager Esther Graham said: “From the introduction of bathing machines to Kiss Me Quick hats, the seaside resort culture of the UK is absolutely unique.

“But because a lot of the items relating to the days out at the seaside that we all remember are seen as throwaway, more often than not they’re not preserved: we’re in danger of losing a remarkable part of our collective culture.

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“Our new network is open to everyone interested in preserving our seaside heritage, whether they’re members of the public, museums, or heritage organisations. And, of course, we’re always interested in receiving donations of objects which will boost the seaside element of our collections.”

One of the network’s long-term goals is to kick-start a collections mapping exercise locating what seaside-related collections are held around the UK.

A steering group is in place members including representatives of Scarborough Museums Trust, Southend Museums Service, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Manx National Heritage, Blackpool Museum project and the National Piers Society, as well as independent, individual members.
 
Membership is free for the first year with a small charge possibly introduced in the second year to help support admin costs.

Further information: www.seasideheritage.org

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