Essay Plan

Curatorial approach 

  • Why have i chosen it ? Why are you interested in this content and this history? – Sports Stadium , west pier are not longer with us anymore, it’ something lost history , ghost history
  • Explain the history
  • What aspect of the past does it reflect? – character of the Brighton (beach and activities , sea side town , entertainment from 1840- railways)
  • Explain what am i going to explore


First film – Brighton beach and activities –

Detail 6214 – Screen Archive South East (

  • Brighton have been a resort even in the 1930s
  • Content / representation of past – a variety of different leisure time, activities and events
  • Focus on identity history in brighton

 Second film – Sports Stadium (entertainment stadium –

Detail 556 – Screen Archive South East (

  • Brief the content – introduce each scene of opening ceremony and inaugural swim in brighton’s new indoor pool
  • History of sports stadium (1935~1962)
  • The reason why it was demolished
  • What kind of entertainment is replacing this sports stadium currently

Third film – Brighton : visit to west pier

  • Summary of content – A guided tour of the dilapidated west pier in brighton
  • Representation of history – why the west pier was demolished
  • Why no one is trying to restore this cultural heritage
  • what does this meant right now (2021/22)
  • In order to remember the missing building, there is a process of giving meaning to the data through voluntary recording and collection, but the “context of disappearance” is deleted.Why it disappeared into what economic, social, and cultural context. = importance of archive

Detail 7228 – Screen Archive South East (

The programme:

  • how do your films, within a particular order, combine to represent your theme? – The introduction focuses on aspects of Brighton’s seaside identity and how aspects of it have changed and also remained the same.
  • From a view of Brighton in the 1930s – as a typical seaside resort with its two piers and attractions to the building a stunning new indoor swimming pool
  • To give a sense of a confident city – continuing to build and develop
  • But then a change of gear – the decline of West Pier: what does this mean? If the seaside exemplifies life, energy, health and beauty – the West Pier’s demise brings destruction and death to this happy place
  • However we could better understand the present by describing something that we have missed, disappeared that we cannot see at this time 2021/22.
  • SS Brighton – A new iconic building and its very short life
  • Other aspects of the seafront which is unchanged such as the Regency terraces and squares

               – The audience:

  • What information and views will you offer through a programme guide? Given the rarity of archive film shows – What can be seen through the programme and my introductions
  • Placing each film in context – presenting the relevant histories, highlighting the contrasts (crudely life vs death)
  • How do you want your programme to influence what an audience thinks about archive film and film heritage? –
  • how archive films can capture a moment in time – and what this says about the past;
  • asking the audience – What does Brighton mean to you? How has it changed? What do these changes mean to you?
  • what do you want an audience to learn and/or feel as a result of your programme?
  • encouraging an audience to therefore reflect on then and now; encouraging an audience to reflect on time and change
  • how will the individual films change when they become part of the programme?; the use of a soundtrack (music and / or narration?) – 
  • By combining the archive content (these three films) within this particular sequence content with introductions, the audience is guided through a screen experience that engages with the meanings of a place (Brighton), continuity and change

Theme and lists of curation project

  Film lists

  1. Brighton beach and activities (1930)
  2. [Sports Stadium; Opening of the SS Brighton Swimming Pool] (1934)
  3. [Brighton: Visit to West Pier] (1994)

(Not California : This is Surfing in Brighton, 2002 – have been eliminated as not match with the theme and vibes of these other 3 of film after first tutorial )

Feedback from the first tutorial on 30.11.2021

  • How you bring the history of brighton to your programme.
  • Sports Stadium and West pier are not longer with us. something like lost history, forgotten history, Ghost brighton.
  • Archive film often does catch up the film which no longer exist.
  • Tell us what we are looking at
  • Brighton beach and activities – turn on brighton , forever brighton , sea side town , entertainment = London and brighton Railway (1840) – intro

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