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On 22 July 1736 the Reverend William Clarke – together with his wife, the first recorded visitors to Brighton for leisure and health - wrote to a friend that ‘We are now sunning ourselves upon the beach at Brighthelmstone’.
Following these two early adventurers, millions of other holidaymakers were to visit Brighton and spend time on the beach.
The town quickly became England’s greatest and most important seaside resort. World famous, it was endlessly copied. The centrepiece and focus of seaside Brighton was the beach. Literally the margin between land and sea, the Brighton beach became a very special place where society and nature confronted each other.
The beach was the launch pad for getting into the sea to paddle, bathe or swim. It was also a place for social mixing, pleasure, the search for health and an extraordinary array of entertainments. And the beach led to grand architectural feats such as Brighton’s astonishing piers.
Brighton beach has changed over time, always accommodating new ideas and new fashions, including the twentieth-century love affair with the sun.
This permanent exhibition explores three elements of Brighton beach – swimming and Brighton Swimming Club, Punch and Judy shows and the once wonderful but now derelict West Pier.
The exhibition is open 7 days a week and admission is free of charge.