The Great British Seaside

National Maritime Museum

23 March – 30 September 2018

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Beach huts, deck chairs and fish'n'chips are all part of the now iconic imagery associated with a British day at the seaside – showcased in this stand-out photography exhibition.

GB. England. Kent. Margate. 1986.

Taking a nostalgic look at the customs and eccentricities that characterise the nation’s relationship with the seaside, this exhibition brings together over 100 works by four of Britain’s most lauded photographers.

From Brighton to Blackpool, photographs from the archive collections of Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts – alongside negative contact sheets and video footage – trace strange continuities in the activities and traditions associated with the seaside (including the British determination to enjoy a day out whatever the weather), even as fashions changed across the six decades this exhibition represents.

A highlight of the show is a series of 20 new works by Parr, commissioned by the National Maritime Museum and shot in summer 2017 across a diverse selection of the country’s local beaches.

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Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm. Closes 6pm during summer holidays. Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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