The South East Archive of Seaside Photography (SEAS Photography) was first established in 2012 with assistance from a Heritage Lottery Fund award. It is located at Canterbury Christ Church University: Broadstairs Campus under the Directorship of Dr Karen Shepherdson. SEAS Photography currently consist of two inter-related heritage strands:
The first strand focuses on digitally archiving the substantial Sunbeam photographic collection. Sunbeam, was the dominant commercial photographic company, which ‘worked’ the Isle of Thanet’s (Margate/Broadstairs/Ramsgate etc) coast. This visual heritage is not in print form, but consists almost wholly of glass and film negatives. The collection archived here is owned by Thanet District Council and is normally stored at the Margate Museum. For the purpose of archiving and digitising Thanet District Council and Margate Museum have generously agreed for the collection to be relocated at CCCU. Except as otherwise expressly permitted under copyright law, the content of this site may not be copied, reproduced, republished, downloaded, posted, broadcast or transmitted in any way without first obtaining written permission from TDC as copyright owner.
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The second strand focuses on locating, collating and archiving ‘Walkies’ photographs taken along the South East Coast. Whilst predominantly taken by Sunbeam photographers, there are few of these images in the actual Sunbeam Collection – they were not at the time of taking regarded as worthy of archiving. But this strand offers an exciting opportunity to raise awareness of the rich visual heritage residing within many of the homes of the local communities.