The Story of Dreamland
My Dreamland Animation
My Dreamland - behind the scenes
By East Kent College
at SEAS Photography.
The Dreamland Heritage Trust holds a large archive of historic material, including images, ephemera and documentation from the early 1870s through to the present day. Part of the archive has been digitized by SEAS, and a section of it if now accessible via the Dreamland portal on the SEAS website.
The South East Archive of Seaside Photography (SEAS) is located at Canterbury Christ Church University. The collection includes Dreamland (commissioned by the Dreamland Trust) and the substantial Sunbeam Photographic Company Archive, the main commercial photographic company that ‘worked’ the Isle of Thanet’s coastline. This latter collection is owned by Thanet District Council.
FilmHere is a selection of footage from Dreamland over the decades, but there is plenty more footage, right up to present day Dreamland, on YouTube.
THE DREAMLAND STORY
From the 1920s until today, discover the story behind Kent’s most iconic theme park.
Just before Christmas 1919, and almost exactly one year after the end of the Great War, John Henry Iles purchased Margate’s The Hall By The Sea.
Give someone a pencil, ask them to draw a Margate building and the chances are that they will come up with an interpretation of the wonderful Art Deco-style cinema on the sea front.
The first half of Dreamland’s 1940s was, of course, dominated by the war effort on the home front and overseas.
The arrival of the 1950s marked a new era of hope and of leisure after the austerity of the war years.
Seen by many as the golden era for Dreamland, the 1960s were very much a classic time for the site.
Dreamland began the 1970s under new ownership, in the shape of the rather uninspiring-sounding Associated Leisure Entertainments Ltd.
Dreamland gave Margate yet another iconic structure in 1980, in the shape of the new Big Wheel, which stood proud of the clock tower at 180-feet high.
Dreamland got its rightful name back in 1990, when the Bembom Brothers decided that a minor revamp would be best promoted by the name...
Rumours of closure, demolition and a potential change of owners were all rife as the new millennium was ushered in...
After many years of campaigning to save the Dreamland site from redevelopment, and successful funding bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund...