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Conference: Resorting to the Coast: Valuing the Past to Shape the Future

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Columbine Centre

Princes Esplanade

Walton-on-the-Naze

CO14 8PZ

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Resorting to the coast’ has been a national pastime since the Victorian period, evolving to address demographic changes, greater mobility, fluctuating levels of prosperity and competing leisure activities. The conference will look at the current issues in the national debate around seaside coastal resorts in relation to promoting their often unsung heritage. Specifically, our focus will be on the Tendring coastal resorts of Dovercourt, Walton, Frinton, Clacton and Jaywick Sands. Local history groups associated with these resorts are heavily involved in archiving and promoting their seaside heritage, but we ask whether this valued work is sufficient to attract new visitors? In a world of uneven development, how does a resort set itself apart from the competition? How do you unite as a coastal region when the reality is you’re in competition with each other? Can lessons be drawn from the past in order to resuscitate the ‘Great British Seaside Holiday’ as an object of desire, or is it time to wipe the slate clean and start from scratch?


Full programme will appear on this site soon.

Twitter: @RTTC

FB: https://m.facebook.com/resortingtothecoast/

Website: https://www.tendringcoastalheritage.org.uk/

Confirmed Speakers, guests and activities include:

Dr Tony Lidington (Keynote speaker)

Dr Kathryn Ferry (Historian)

Dr Toby Butler (Historian)

Dr Daniel Burdsey (University of Brighton)

Dr Tim Gale (University of Bournemouth)

Joanne O’Connor (Journalist)

Tim Burrows (Journalist)

Club Critical Theory (University of East London)

Harwich Society

Clacton & District Local History Society

Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust

History Fair

Cinema screenings

‘Curator’s corner – ask an expert

Tickets: Free but reservation bookings via this site are essential

Travel: Hourly trains from London Liverpool Street to Walton-on-the Naze

Buffet lunch and refreshments provided on the day, but please state any food allergies, vegetarian or vegan requirements clearly on your booking form (next to your name)

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Getting here: Free car parking at the venue: http://columbinecentre.co.uk/map.html

Resorting to the Coast Website

The University of East London

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Princes Esplanade

Walton-on-the-Naze

CO14 8PZ

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