Re-building by the sea: post-war seaside architecture with Kathryn Ferry – October 17th 2024

Access to the coast was severely restricted during World War II and many resorts suffered bomb damage to key parts of their tourism infrastructure. This talk looks at the recovery period, as the pent-up demand for seaside holidays helped resorts bounce back and start building new visitor attractions that embodied the optimistic mood of the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Kathryn Ferry is an author and historian who specialises in the architecture and culture of the British seaside. She has written the official history of Butlin’s, as well as books on beach huts, bungalows, and 1950s kitchens. She regularly contributes to TV and radio and is a founder member of the Seaside Heritage Network. Her next book on Twentieth Century Seaside Architecture will be published in March 2025.

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