Dr Alan Meades, Principal Lecturer in Games Design, at Canterbury Christ Church University, has been researching and documenting one of Britain’s most-loved activities for the past decade.

Arcade Britannia is a celebration of British amusement arcades and their central roles in seaside communities. For over a hundred years, these spaces have delighted and scandalised their visitors, and emerged as important regional economic, social, and cultural hubs.

Dr Meades has written a comprehensive, entertaining book on British arcades, investigating their long history, their place in British society.

His work has also been a centrepiece featured at the London Design Biennale exhibition this year, which included an interactive digital recreation of two 1980s British arcades. The exhibition was curated by Dr Katie McGown, Head of Arts and Culture at the University, with the assistance of staff and students from the Games Design course.

This project is a continuation of Canterbury Christ Church University’s coastal communities research and included alongside the arcade is Rob Ball’s arcade photography and Amusement Arcade Carpet book.

The University’s BA (Hons) Games Design programme has been ranked third in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2024 for Animation and Games Design.