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Seaside Entertainment workshops coming in May

MEMBERS of the public are being invited to take a detailed look at one of the key factors which shaped Twentieth Century Bexhill. With That’s Seaside Entertainment, the Society of Bexhill Museums is offering three half-day workshops in the Egerton Road museum’s education room. 

On Saturday, May 12, Don Dray will give two audio-visual presentations based on the memories, music, stories and personalities behind the popular British entertainment of the mid decades of the last century. The History Of The British Seaside will take a nostalgic, musical, and light-hearted look back at an important part of our social history – the delights of the British seaside, and in particular the seaside holiday.  He will also look at another engaging slice of social history with The Story of British Music Hall and Variety. 

On Saturday, May 12, museum curator Julian Porter will tell the story of The Kursaal. This truncated pier once stood on the site of the present Sailing Club. A model of the Kursaal, opened in 1896 with a flurry of excitement, is currently the subject of a special exhibition at the museum, The 8th Earl De La Warr engaged the musical director of Drury Lane to manage the Kursaal, bringing the finest artistes in the country to Bexhill. 

Resorting To The Seaside is Geoffrey Mead’s subject on Saturday, June 2.He will look at the growth of the British seaside resort and the development of such infrastructure as hotels, piers, aquaria, casinos and theatres which this entailed. 

Each course is from 2pm to 4pm with registration at 1.50pm. Courses cost £8.50 per session (£7.50 for society members) or £24 (£21 for members) for all three with early booking recommended to avoid disappointment.  


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