Eastbourne celebrates seaside nostalgia in vintage exhibition

A free ‘Vintage Summer Holidays’ exhibition will open at Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress on July 23, chronicling the town’s development from a Victorian seaside ‘tennis town’ to a 1970s mass-market resort.

The exhibition runs to September 5, and includes arts and crafts, seaside tourism artefacts and archive film footage of Eastbourne holidays.

Short tourism films from Eastbourne’s Publicity Department can be seen, dating from the late 1950s through to the 1970s, with titles such as Eastbourne – The Warmest Welcome on the South Coast; Eastbourne – Britain’s Quality Resort; and Eastbourne – Sun Trap of the South.

Councillor Margaret Bannister, Eastbourne Borough Council lead cabinet member for tourism, said: “It’s a great opportunity to discover the stories of Eastbourne’s famous visitors, including Lewis Carroll, and see the holiday bed desk from where he penned many of his ‘Wonderland’ imaginings.”

Children can make postcards and play with vintage pedal cars, balance bikes and seaside-style peep-through photo boards.

A photobooth section allows visitors to pose on a deckchair and recreate a vintage photograph from a past holiday in Eastbourne.

Picture by Matt Kuchta shows children playing with vintage pedal cars at Redoubt Fortress.