NPS Year of the Pier Lecture Series: Walking on Water: The Social History of Britain’s Pleasure Piers with Kathryn Ferry

Event Start Date:
16 March 2023
Event End Date:
16 March 2023
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In this lecture, Kathryn examines how seaside piers have been used since their introduction as leisure spaces in the early nineteenth century. Created as an extension of the promenade, piers were also distinct from it with fees charged to maintain a certain social tone. Throughout the year they fulfilled different functions for locals and holidaymakers, offering a range of entertainments in often exotic settings, as well as sports including angling, roller skating and swimming. While piers provided excellent people-watching opportunities they could also afford spaces for more furtive encounters above and below the pier.

Kathryn Ferry is a seaside historian, author and lecturer. Her books include titles on beach huts, the British seaside holiday and the official history of Butlin’s. She regularly contributes to television and radio and since 2019 has been Media Relations Officer for the National Piers Society.

This is event is free to attend for NPS members/ £4 for non-members.

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