Continuity and change of Brighton

The appearance of West pier, which used to be a tourist destination and the center of entertainment for many travelers in the past, is clearly different from the current appearance. Now west pier  is just staying without meaning. it might be a  destiny for people not to forget it and history. Brighton’s unchanging characteristics, buildings, and the history of something on the streets are being forgotten. However, as objects “exist”, It is essential to remember.




Third Archive – Brighton: Visit to West Pier (1994) with only afterimage.

Third film is a Brighton: Visit to West Pier (1994) with only afterimage.

Detail 7228 – Screen Archive South East (

This  film shows a tour of the collapsed West Pier. Its visitors take a small boat from the shore to the pier. n.d. The History of Brighton’s West Pier

  • This site is organized with pictures of how West pier has developed  since 1866, what role West pier has played, and how looks like today.
  • Through the pictures and contents, Brighton beach, the other shops, streets and even the character of Brighton are still there. But the symbols, characteristics, and roles of the west pier have disappeared.


Second Archive – Sports Stadium; Opening of the SS Brighton Swimming Pool] (1934).

Second Archive film is a [Sports Stadium; Opening of the SS Brighton Swimming Pool] (1934).

Detail 556 – Screen Archive South East (

In Brighton and Hove page, there are history of SS Brighton,1934-1935

Worthing, G., 1934. Advertisement for the SS Brighton. The british library board.

  • These references are the only remaining pieces of information describing the history of the sports stadium, how much it influenced the Brighton Entertainment market, and how it was established and disappeared.
  • It described how SS Brighton turn the pool into an ice rink with the process of history in 1934 to 1965.

News to announce the opening of the SS Brighton in 1934.

First Archive –  Brighton beach and Activities (1930).

First Archive –  “Brighton beach and Activities (1930)”.

Detail 6214 – Screen Archive South East ([1]







  • In this film, you can see people’s leisure activities and parts of life in Brighton in 1930,  so it is a suitable book to investigate what Brighton is like as a whole.
  • Through the first film, i want to show the personality of Brighton and what kind of city Brighton is.

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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