Pierdom: Photographs of Britain’s piers

3 October 2015 to 21 February 2016, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

West Pier, Brighton, 2011 © Simon Roberts / courtesy Flowers Gallery
West Pier, Brighton, 2011 © Simon Roberts / courtesy Flowers Gallery

A century ago over a hundred piers fringed the British coastline, built to provide a tantalising taste of the sea, without getting wet. Today, less than half of these still stand. Internationally renowned photographer Simon Roberts, who lives in Brighton, has completed a three-year quest to document all of Britain’s remaining pleasure piers. Simon’s striking and evocative photographs celebrate the personality, architecture and history of each structure. They also examine the connections between the landscapes and the communities who live and play against the backdrop of these pleasure piers.

Alongside Simon Roberts’ lyrical images, this exhibition presents film material exploring the photographer’s working process and the history of the Brighton piers, together with items from the museum’s local history archive and personal stories of seaside memories.

Hastings Pier, East Sussex, March 2011
Hastings Pier, East Sussex, March 2011

 

 

 

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