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'Our Pier': Leisure activities and local communities at the British seaside

Brydon, Lavinia, Jenzen, Olu, Nourse, Nicholas (2019) 'Our Pier': Leisure activities and local communities at the British seaside. Leisure/Loisir, 43 (2). pp. 205-228. ISSN 1492-7713. E-ISSN 2151-2221. (doi:10.1080/14927713.2019.1613171) (KAR id:70961)

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The seaside resort has long held a distinctive position within the history of British leisure. Its peculiar physicality whereby the natural landscape of sea and sand combines with distinctive architectural elements, such as pavilions and piers, has accommodated many and varied leisure activities across the years. However, to date, the majority of research on British coastal resorts considers these activities solely in connection with tourism. Using a combination of contextual archival research, participant observations, semi-structured interviews and oral history narratives, this article attempts a deliberate shift in focus where the leisure activities of a young local population are brought to the fore in the history of British seaside entertainment and, in particular, their experiences of pleasure piers in the post-war era. The article also explores the potential for the concept of the ‘community pier’ in terms of nurturing seaside leisure cultures in the present and future.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14927713.2019.1613171
Uncontrolled keywords: Seaside resorts, pleasure piers, youth culture, leisure spaces, popular culture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (
Depositing User: Lavinia Brydon
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 11:57 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 01:26 UTC
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