Dreamland research

Dreamland in Margate was once emblematic of the British seaside holiday. The promise of excitement, fresh air and sunshine brought crowds to the coast of Kent before the arrival of the package holiday called time on a thriving cultural experience. A number of academic staff in our Centre for Research on Communities and Cultures have research that relates to Dreamland and we are thrilled that the theme park has now reopened.


Dreamland Project

In collaboration with the Dreamland Trust, Rob Ball has received funding to undertake a photographic research project that records the current state, reconstruction and resurrection of the Dreamland Amusement Park in Margate.

Find out more about the Dreamland project


Arcades Cultures and Arcade Heritage

Alan Meades hit the arcade culture jackpot when two vandalised Street Fighter 2 cabinets in the corner of the Dreamland site in Margate turned out to be not mere historic curios, but the only known instances of the ‘Ken Sei Mogura’ game in the world.

Find out more about the game

SEAS Photography


Photographs from the SEAS project have been featured recently in the Guardian newspaper as well as the local press in Kent .

Find out more about the South East Archive of Seaside photography project




The countdown is well and truly underway until Margate's Dreamland theme park reopens on Friday. And there's a new exhibition of photographs of the site to whet your appetite. They were taken by a photographer from Whitstable -- and go on display in London today. Piers Hopkirk's been taking a look.

Posted by BBC South East Today on Tuesday, June 16, 2015



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