Resorting to the coast- aspects of holiday history

Dr Geoffrey Mead SpeakerNet Sponsor

South East
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Local interest/professional
Paid: £80 plus travel if needed
12th October 2020

To many of us holiday history is linked to our childhood memories of a coastal visit, whether it is of a caravan on a windswept clifftop, a B&B in a large resort or a posh hotel on a glittering seafront. Somewhere in that memory comes a stroll on a pier, a battle with a deckchair or a round of golf [9 hole or Crazy] a charabanc trip or a paddle steamer along the coast. This talk looks at how the seaside replaced the inland spas as a destination, how we reached these distant spots and how the facilities and entertainments, hotels and piers developed there and changed over time.

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About Dr Geoffrey Mead

I am an Associate Tutor with the Geography team at the University of Sussex where I thought I had retired...10 years ago! I specialise in the landscapes of SE England, in both urban and rural areas and I did my doctorate in the suburban growth of the interwar period. I taught adult education for nearly 30 years at Sussex where I worked in the Landscape Studies degree team and was Convenor for Local History. I give talks across SE England to a wide range of groups, from universities to local history societies, WI groups , U3A, Probus and Round Tables. I run weekly classes at local community centres. The most requested from my range of talks are those that combine social history, geography, geology and a 'sense of place'. I can adapt my talks to particular areas or interests.

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