Get Ready for the Beach!

Historic England’s tourism history expert Allan Brodie has dipped into the Archive and come up with a handy list of things to pack for your holiday!Read more

Modernism at the Seaside

The 1930s saw a great diversity of architectural styles: from Neo-Georgian for town halls and mock Tudor for suburban semis, to ‘anything goes’ for the latest cinemas. But the seaside was the setting for some of Britain’s first and finest ventures into Modernism, a new movement that espoused the benefits of sunshine, simplicity and space. Here are six of the finest examples of Modernism at the English seaside:  1. The Midland hotel, Morecambe Designed by Oliver Hill, one of the England’sRead more

On the Beach

The first August Bank Holiday in 1872 prompted an exodus of people from England’s cities to the seaside, including to Hastings where the new pier opened on that day. And each year since, except during the wars, millions have followed them. Historic England’s beach bum, sorry seaside expert, Allan Brodie looks through our archive to illustrate how beach holidays have changed over the centuries. The recorded story of days on the beach begins in the early 18th century. In theRead more

8 Beautiful Piers to Promenade

The seaside pier is perhaps the most iconic symbol of the British holiday resort and for many of us it is the epitome of excursions to the seaside. Despite the massive losses in the 20th century – through fire, the power of the sea and neglect – we still have more seaside piers around our coast than any other country in the world.Read more