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Passion for Piers: a Delightful Look at the History of Piers
Lecturer: Jackie Marsh-Hobbs
Location: Aula/Auditorium of The International School of Hamburg, Hemmingstedter Weg 130, 22609 Hamburg
A delightfully entertaining look at the history of pleasure piers covering just over 200 years, from the first pier in the Regency period up to the present day.
Almost 100 pleasure piers were built around the British coastline, diverse in design and some crowned with exotic palaces or pavilions. These elegant structures bear witness to the remarkable skills of the Victorian engineers and are an important part of social history symbolizing the nation’s love of days out and summer holidays at seaside resorts.
This is a celebration covering the heyday of piers, how generations have enjoyed the fresh air and sea views, been captivated by the amusements and entertained by a variety of artists. The incredible stories of the surviving piers, whether they are successful flourishing or sadly in trouble, their future and the ongoing struggle to keep them.
Jackie Marsh-Hobbs is a lecturer, specialist guide, researcher and teacher working at the Royal Pavilion, Preston Manor, and Brighton Museum. She has taught on adult education courses on behalf of the University of Sussex covering architecture, decorative arts, local history, and research skills. She initiates, researches and runs own tours of Brighton Station, Palmeira Mansions and The Old Ship Hotel; local history walks and piers. She has worked on various research projects and books, including the Heritage Lottery Funded Floating Memories conducting tours on sea bathing heritage.
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