From the first nudist camps of the 1920s to the launch of the first official naturist beach (in Brighton) in the 1970s, social disrobing in Britain operated in a hostile environment. This revealing talk looks back to nudism’s hardy pioneers and their utopian ambitions, and reflects on nude conditions today, a hundred years after the movement’s British beginnings.
Annebella Pollen is Professor of Visual and Material Culture at University of Brighton, where she researches the lives and afterlives of images and objects. She is the author of several books on art, history, photography and fashion, including 2021’s Nudism in a Cold Climate: The Visual and Material Culture of Naturists in Mid-Twentieth Century Britain.
Ticket includes complimentary glass of wine.