Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! This summer you don’t have to leave London to enjoy the Great British Seaside. The work of four of Britain’s best seaside photographers is on show at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Copyright is a big issue for all photographers and so close up images are not allowed. Selfies on the indoor beach however are very much encouraged. I was rather pleased, with this my first attempt at using a selfie stick.

Seaside selfie Kiss Me Quick

Everything is black and white when you walk in. Seaside scenes from the 1960’s look out at you from the walls, these are the work of Tony Ray-Jones. When he returned from a trip to the USA he became concerned that British culture was becoming increasingly Americanised and so headed out with his camera to capture scenes of British life before they disappeared for ever. Think of besuited men asleep in deckchairs with their eyes covered with a large handkerchief and the Punch and Judy man. Next is David Hurn, a Welshman proud of his country’s 749 miles of coast and the fact that nowhere in Wales is more than 40 miles from the coast. He and his camera are drawn to the seaside, here he his with some of his photographs.

David Hurn photographer Great British Seaside

Take a step you your right and the highly coloured saturated pictures of Martin Parr loom into view. Seagulls and sunbathers seek our attention.

Deckchairs Martin Parr Great British Seaside

The Great British Seaside Show ends with Simon Roberts who has photographed all 56 of the remaining English seaside piers (although not all are on show here). He also took inspiration from Tony Ray-Jones’ photographic journey round our coast and set off in a motorhome to capture as much as the coast as he could.

If you love the seaside and love photography this is the show for you. Greenwich as many things to do beside the National Maritime Museum, I have enjoyed visits to the Queen’s House, an up close and personal tour of the Painted Ceiling and love the Cutty Sark.

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
23 March 2018 – 30 September 2018
OPEN: Daily 10am – 5pm
ADMISSION: Adult £11.50, child £5 concessions available.



    • Catherine
      March 25, 2018 / 7:37 am

      You are surrounded by seaside inspiration!

  1. March 25, 2018 / 1:14 am

    We might have to check this out – after all the snow, a reminder of the seaside would be no bad thing!

    • Catherine
      March 25, 2018 / 7:38 am

      The perfect antidote to snow!

  2. March 25, 2018 / 7:32 am

    What an interesting exhibition. I’d love to see how the experience of visiting the beach has changed. Well done on your selfie. #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine
      March 25, 2018 / 7:38 am

      I think that I might have to put a selfie stick on my birthday list!

    • Catherine
      March 25, 2018 / 8:54 am

      I thought that you might like it!

  3. March 25, 2018 / 9:06 am

    Love the selfie, and it looks like a great exhibition.

    • Catherine
      March 25, 2018 / 9:15 am

      Always good to visit the maritime museum

  4. March 25, 2018 / 11:42 am

    Looks like a great exhibition, what a lovely subject with everyone longing for the nicer weather. love the selfie!

  5. March 25, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    It looks like a very uplifting type of exhibition that would remind me of my childhood. I love your kiss me quick hat!

  6. bavariansojourn
    March 25, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    We’ve been to the seaside this afternoon. There’s something so special about a good English seaside! Sounds like a great exhibit! 🙂 #sundayphoto

    • Catherine
      March 25, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      Lucky you …. we have been Mum and Dad taxi!

  7. April 17, 2018 / 9:35 am

    That exhibit looks great. It also sounds a little like it should be a cooking show, with Rick Stein maybe? 😉

    • Catherine
      April 17, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Oooooh now I want Fish and Chips

    • Catherine
      April 17, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      I know! What’s not to like!

  8. April 17, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    What a fabulous hat and sunglasses combo. I do love the seaside and some of the images in the exhibition sound wonderful, fascinating shots of a lost time. I also hadn’t realised how close everywhere in Wales is to the sea! Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    • Catherine
      April 17, 2018 / 10:09 pm

      And just how much Coast Wales has, as it is quite ‘crinkly’!

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