Maritime Lecture Series: The Changing Faces of the Seaside

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12 July | 11am - 12.30pm
£8 | Concessions: £6
National Maritime Museum, Lecture Theatre
The Great British Seaside

In Britain, a long history of day-trippers and dirty weekends has told us the beach is primarily a place of fun, frivolity and escapism but this means that social issues and problems of any kind, let alone those related to race, have only recently gained critical attention.

This lecture by Daniel Burdsey explores how and why the English seaside is often mistakenly seen as a discrimination-free zone, ignoring the experiences of minority ethnic seaside communities – residents, tourists, revellers and workers.

Daniel Burdsey is a Reader at the University of Brighton. He is the author of Race, Place and the Seaside: Postcards from the Edge.

Maritime Lecture Series: The Great British Seaside

From the history of fish and chips to innuendo-ridden postcards, discover why the British seaside is the way it is with these expert lectures.


19 July: ‘Walking on Water’: a social history of seaside piers

26 July: British Seaside Postcards and Censorship: How Far Do You Go?


Banner image: The Last Day of Shravan, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. 2017 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos