Kathryn Ferry - a historian of architecture, design and seaside culture, guides you through the interwar modernist trends that transformed the coast of Sussex and beyond.

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In the 1930s, sunbathing swept the nation as the latest holiday trend and working people finally got the right to paid leisure time. At seaside resorts around Sussex competition for visitors played out in architecture and more. Looking beyond the De la Warr Pavilion, Dr Kathryn Ferry will guide you on a tour of the Modern buildings of Sussex and across the UK that defined an era and provided the backdrop to those sun-drenched railway poster images so redolent of the interwar years. Prepare to visit streamlined lidos, stunning hotels, ocean liner-inspired apartments, flat-roofed bungalows and sleekly curved bus shelters.

As well as the buildings themselves, Kathryn will elucidate the contexts that made them possible; this was a time when ‘men with ideas’ sought to transform towns into places of national significance through modernist architecture and design.

Kathryn Ferry is a historian and author who loves to be beside the sea. She has published on the history of beach huts, British seaside holidays, bungalows and holiday camps and wrote the 80th anniversary official history of Butlin’s. Her latest book is Seaside 100: The History of the British Seaside in 100 Objects. When not walking on the prom or collecting old seaside postcards she can be found sharing her enthusiasm via TV, radio and podcasts.

She can found @SeasideFerry and at www.kathrynferry.co.uk.

The talk will commence at 5pm for approx one hour, followed by a Q&A.

It will take place online via a Zoom Meeting, exclusively for DLWP Members & Patrons. During the event, you will have the option to turn on your camera, but we will ask attendees to remain muted.

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Eat before the show

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On the night: If you have pre-booked please come to the bar to order from the gig menu and sit at one of the reserved tables.

No re-entry

Please be aware that we operate no re-entry for gigs. This means that once you have entered the building, you cannot go out and re-enter. This policy is in line with other major music venues across the UK and put in place on police advice. No re-entry is clearly signposted as you come through security on the front door.
There is a fenced-off area on the terrace for people who go out to smoke or vape.

Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following:

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
    Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for up-to-date train travel information.
  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
  • Parking
    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 7pm. After this time parking is free.

Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on boxoffice@dlwp.com to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
  • Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
  • Ramped access into the Studio
  • Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.

Facilities for blind or visually-impaired

  • Large print season brochures

Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.