The Dreamland Heritage Trust is a registered charity supported by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), set up to protect and promote education and the historic and brand proposition of Dreamland, Margate and safeguard them for the future.
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk.
Thanet District Council
Dreamland has a long and important history. It has been one of Britain’s most famous seaside amusement parks and, for many decades, was central to the economy of the area as Thanet’s most-visited tourist attraction. That history, and its significance, is reflected in the Grade II* listed Scenic Railway and Grade II listed nineteenth century menagerie cages. Both the Dreamland Heritage Trust and Thanet District Council shared a vision of re-establishing a traditional seaside amusement park and preserving and protecting these important heritage assets. Thanet District Council and the Dreamland Trust worked together, along with public organisations and partners, to secure £18m of public funding for its restoration. Visit the Thanet Council website
Sands Heritage Limited
For the last two years, Sands Heritage Limited (SHL), the commercial operator of Dreamland Margate, and the Dreamland Heritage Trust have been working collaboratively on programmes and initiatives due to take place both on park and in the community.
There is a huge enthusiasm to realise and reinvent the activity plan for the park and, since opening, artists, producers and archivists have continued to engage with the park, its operators and The Trust.
Together in 2016, we hosted an open day with SEAS and CCU to collect new archive material, and ran talks and tours for Heritage Open Days. The ground work behind the scenes in 2016 has resulted in some exciting collaborations for the forthcoming season, as well as The Dreamland Trust having a space on the Dreamland estate to display exhibitions, the archive and host events alongside SHL.
We see this as a mutually supportive relationship, with both SHL and the Dreamland Trust complementing each other's activities for a better Dreamland. We are confident this approach will allow us to engage audiences not only in its past but also in it's future. Visit the Dreamland website.