JULY 2014 NEWSLETTER

IT’S A HIT!

The Visitor & Learning Arcade is proving to be a tremendous hit with locals and visitors to Margate – we’ve welcomed over 12,500 visitors since we opened 25th May. We even have our regulars who drop in to catch the latest film showing in the bijou cinema, people who previously worked at Dreamland, the curios and folk bringing to us their archive photographs, memorabilia and memories.

Now showing in the Arcade is our short documentary film, Dreaming of Dreamland, an affectionate portrait of Dreamland, Margate and our seaside heritage as told by the local community. The film takes the view on an exciting journey through Dreamland’s chequered past, present and looks toward a bright future.

Also this month, we are super excited to welcome on board our newly appointed Learning & Community Officer, Donna Watford. So passionate about Margate and Dreamland is Donna, that she is relocating from Brighton to the Original Seaside! Donna will be responsible for schools and community engagement and is in the process of putting together our programme of activities for the new academic year.

COME TO THE CABARET 

Bringing back glamour, class and sophistication with a side of humour, La Voix is a lady you can’t help but admire and adore. Winning many prestigious awards which include Best Drag Act at the London Cabaret Awards 2014, Winner of Drag Idol 2012 and most recently the Gold Award winner for Best Drag Act at the Boys Scene Awards.

So it is no surprise that we are thrilled to bits to announce that LA VOIX will be hosting our fundraising cabaret with the legendary Private Widdle Social Club, Late@theArcade on 15 August 2014. For the past 10 years LA VOIX has been taking on the big divas and making them her own, on both stage and screen. More recently she was found on Britain’s Got Talent, where she left the judges entertained up to the semi-finals.

LA VOIX is a vivacious performer, her many talents add saucy layers to her shows, with live spine tingling vocals that are the finest in the industry. Her uncanny ability to switch between the vocal styles of Tina Turner, Shirley Bassey, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland or Cher with the click of a finger leaves the audience mesmerised.     The Private Widdle Scoial Club provides a cornucopia of the cult and bizarre including musical artistes, salacious dancing, performance poets, illusionists and so much more all set in the dramatic surrounds of Dreamland’s 1934 Grade II*-listed cinema arcade.

Our complimentary Dreamland cocktail will get things swinging. Lifeboat bar, Burger Bros basket meal and raffle available – all funds raised help keep the Arcade open!

All funds go toward sustaining Dreamland’s Visitor & Learning Arcade – ticket numbers are limited due to capacity, so booking is absolutely essential!   Full details and tickets available at latacomedycabaret.eventbrite.co.uk

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FROM THE ARCHIVE…   ALL ABOARD THE CATERPILLAR! MEMORIES OF A DREAMLAND ICON  

One of Dreamland’s most memorable rides, the Caterpillar was first introduced to the park in 1922, and became a favourite with generations of visitors until the early 1980s.

John Henry Iles bought the sole European rights for the ride the previous year, and it was therefore forever associated with Dreamland. For many years, Iles operated Caterpillar rides at a number of British and European amusement parks, each under individual operating tenders. Over the years, countless thousands of people were whirled around an eighty-foot diameter undulating track at increasing speed.

At the peak of the ride, participants were plunged into darkness by a continuous, tent-like covering, to the accompaniment of a wailing Klaxon. Moments later, the cover would be pulled back and a blast of compressed air would be blown under each individual rider, much to the merriment of bystanders.

The Dreamland archive possesses an original paper order from the Caterpillar Company in the U.S. for the purchase of the original Dreamland Caterpillar.  There were similar Caterpillar rides at Barry Island, Southport and Battersea Pleasure Gardens.

If you have any memories of the Caterpillar or Dreamland we would love to hear your stories and see any photographs to build up the Dreamland archive. Email us at arcade@dreamlandmargate.co.uk or pop down to the arcade and speak to one of our lovely staff.

Undated Dreamland Caterpillar: John Hutchinson Collection

THIS MONTHS POP-UP EXHIBITIONS   THE HALL BY THE SEA LIGHT SHADES…  

Last month, local resident, Gordon Frankland donating 3 stunning mid-century Italian light shades believed to be from the Hall by the Sea’s ‘Speciality Bar’.  We’ve been searching the archive for more information about this bar and wonder if any out there can through some light on this (‘scuse the pun!).    These beautiful light shades are now on exhibition in the Arcade for all to enjoy.

JUNIOR WHIP CARS

We now have on display 3 delightful Junior Whip cars thanks to Dave Love and supporters who helped salvage the ride for Dreamland.   These fabulous dragon-themed cars are from the last surviving Junior Whip ride in the UK following the demolition and complete rebuild of the American Whip at Southend’s Adventure Island in 2009.   The Junior Whip opened at Pleasure Beach Blackpool in 1927 as the Fairy Whip. It was believed to have been originally located in Bingle & Bob’s, the children’s park set up that same year between the Jack n Jill Slide and the Scenic Railway.   In 1924, it was moved to the replacement children’s park, Emberton’s Kiddies Park, where it was located immediately south of the Zipper Dipper.   It operated until 2008, in recent years as Griffin’s Magic Dragon, and in 2009 it was dismantled and moved to Dreamland where the ride awaits assessment for restoration.

WHATS ON@THEARCADE

The Dreamland Expo: A Past, Present and Future

Open daily from 10am until 5pm, free entry, no booking required At the heart of the summer programme is an exhibition charting the revival of one of the UK’s best loved amusement parks. The Expo is an interactive experience for all the family evoking Dreamland’s heyday and charting the journey toward next year’s official re-launch of this British institution and immersive entertainment destination. Situated in a vintage style arcade in Dreamland’s 1934 Grade II* listed cinema complex, the Expo explores Dreamland’s rich heritage and houses a collection of 1950s and 60s arcade games and pinball machines, fairground and amusement park artifacts, bijou cinema and more.

Summer@theArcade

Sundays from 2pm-5pm at the Dreamland Visitor and Learning Arcade, free entry, no booking required In celebration of British seaside cultural heritage, The Dreamland Trust is running classic holiday camp events including knobbly knees and lovely legs with a little 1960s and 70s disco in the background. The event is sponsored by vintage clothier, Madam Popoff and seaside emporium, Kiss Me Quick. Also look out for the What a Vintage Carry on! bus running between the station, the Dreamland Arcade and Turner Contemporary on the weekend of the 16 and 17 August.

Carnival@theArcade

2 – 3 August, free entry 2pm-5pm Sat 2nd Aug and 12pm-3pm Sun 3rd Aug Over Margate Carnival weekend, The Dreamland Trust will be celebrating Dreamland’s early origins in circus and parade with gravity-defying displays of vertical acrobats and athleticism performed by Phases Studio. We will also be the pick-up point for the Soul Weekend for wrist bands, programmes and info.

Late@theArcade

15 August, 7:30pm-11:30pm, Tickets £15 including a complimentary cocktail, booking essential at http://bit.ly/1kDxBYh An exclusive Late@theArcade event with the legendary Private Widdle Social Club – an evening of outrageous cabaret, laughter and cocktails hosted by the fabulous La Voix (as seen on Britain’s Got Talent). Club rules, there are no rules!

Art@theArcade

On now till 10th Aug The Arcade will exhibit an installation by Canterbury based multi-disciplinary artist, Stuart John Peiter Brough. Brough has created an interactive memory box for collating Dreamland memories with sound created by Joe Wright. Accompanying the memory box is a series of Dreamland-inspired album cover artworks, produced for the award winning Elliot Galvin jazz trio.

Gaming@theArcade

Exhibition: 27 September – 4 October free entry, no booking required, preview on the 27 September at 7:30pm A free pop-up display, the Exhibition of Lost Cabinets will be at the heart of Gaming@theArcade. The exhibition features a collection of rare gaming cabinets missing from the historic archive, reviving classic games through MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) for contemporary machines. Curated by Dr A F Meades, Senior Lecturer in New Media Theory at Canterbury Christ Church University. Late-night gaming Friday 26 September from 7:30pm, tickets £5 on the door A late night gaming event on Friday 26 September will feature gaming, DJs, pizza and beer.

AND FINALLY…

Margate Carnival organisers are looking for volunteers and stewards to help with celebrations – if you are interested, please contact margatecarnivalgroup@yahoo.co.uk or contact Jack Packman on 07791426025.

 

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WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE…

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On Friday 15 August 2014 The Dreamland Trust launches the first in a series of exclusive Late@theArcade events with legendary The Private Widdle Social Club in the exciting lead-up to the opening of Dreamland in 2015.

These bi-monthy soirees at the Visitor & Learning Arcade in Dreamland’s 1934 Grade II*-listed cinema complex, promise to be an evening of outrageous cabaret, divine cocktails and provocative entertainment hosted by the fabulous drag artiste and star of Britain’s Got Talent, La Voix!

The line-up includes a plethora of exuberant talent from performance poet and short-listed BBC Radio 4 Best Newcomer at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Malcolm Head; torch singer of Madam Jojo fame, Alfie Ordinary; tattooed ladies, salacious dancing, magicians, ventriloquist and more.

Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £15 includes a complimentary cocktail. Bar and basket meal available. Wheelchair access (some limited resources due to the age and condition of the building) Club rules: there are no rules.

Numbers are strictly limited and booking is absolutely essential.  Tickets available at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/latethearcade-comedy-cabaret-tickets-8992640229 and the Dreamland Visitor & Learning Arcade.

 

 

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THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Art Crowd Returns to Kent, England by Andrew Testa

Dreamland gets a mention in The New York Times this week – full story can be viewed here…

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/travel/the-art-crowd-returns-to-kent-england.html?smid=fb-share.

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JUNE 2014 NEWSLETTER

Come One Come AllWhitsun weekend saw the opening of our vintage style Visitor & Learning Arcade in Dreamland’s former Bali-Hai bar with over 5,000 visitors coming through the door in the first week.  The young and not so young queued outside waiting for the count down with Chairman, Nick Laister; Hon Secretary, Susan Marsh and Board Director, Sarah Vickery who jointly cut the red ribbon and led the community through the doors.

The arcade houses the Dreamland Expo: a past, present and future – an immersive and interactive experience for all the family evoking Dreamland’s heyday, charting the revival of one of the UK’s best loved amusement parks and looking forward to things to come in the exciting lead-up to Dreamland’s Phase One opening in 2015.

Describing Dreamland’s rich heritage the arcade also plays host to a collection of 1950s and 60s arcade games and pinball machines, amusement park artefacts, fairground paraphernalia, bijou cinema, more…

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Last November, the local community raised funds to open the arcade at an art auction organised by Fontaine Decorative and this spring an army of volunteers, led by John Cripps, worked tirelessly to transform the space for all to enjoy.

The Arcade is provides a unique setting for community activities, school trips, presentations and special events – for more information please email arcade@dreamlandmargate.co.uk.

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FREE ENTRY open daily from10am until 5.00pm – no need to book, just rock up and have fun! Wheelchair accessible.

Visitor & Learning Arcade, Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1JX +44 (0) 1843 297755

SCENIC RAILWAY PROGRESS 

The Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway running gear is currently being surveyed and tested in Doncaster by the engineering company, WGH Engineering Ltd.  We took the opportunity to interview the team when they came to Margate to remove the gear last month and boy, is there story interesting!

Our history goes back to the coal mining industry from the late 1960’s through to the early 80s when we designed and built rope haulages, rope hauled vehicles, self-propelled vehicles and locomotives for use on narrow gauge underground tracks.

We operated around the world but the NCB, as it was then, in the UK was by far our largest market. However after the miner’s strike in 1984 it became obvious that the whole mining industry was going to change dramatically, it was certainly going to contract and was definitely not going back to how it had been.

We decided then that we needed to start looking for a new outlet for the skills we had gained over the previous 20 years and pared back the business to its most basic level. The conclusion was that we designed equipment to run safely on very difficult and challenging tracks.

A railway track underground in a mine is nothing like the underground in London, it is much tighter and built on continually moving ground that can change daily. Even with good maintenance the track conditions are very challenging with lots of very tight curves, twist and misalignment, very similar to a roller coaster!   That literally was how we identified a logical extension to the business, which over the next five years actually replaced the mining sector entirely.

As WGH we have been successfully designing and building all manner of leisure rides; roller coasters, log flumes, suspended and ground mounted track rides and much more since1989.

Currently we have dismantled and examined most of the haulage equipment to establish firstly how the system worked and then what can be salvaged and reused.

We have also built two timber bogies based on various photographs, drawings and some intuition to again determine how they worked and identify the important dimensional interfaces between the vehicle and the track.

We have been analyzing the performance of the vehicles on the track using our standard data as we would normally but then comparing our findings with timed film evidence of the actual ride to try to trim our assumptions to match the actual conditions of this particular ride.

This is taking shape and we can now see where the problem areas are likely to be.

From left to right: size twin pivot intermediate timber bogie. Final dive shaft with the driven chain sprocket and rope drive pulley.  Main flat belt drive wheel dismantled for inspection.

PROJECT UP-DATE

And back in Margate, the Scenic Railway design and build contracts are now out to tender with the council anticipating a selection by early August and expressions of interest to restore the Corbierre Wheel and Junior Whip have now been received by the council who are in the process of evaluating the restoration method. The main works contract was put out to tender at the beginning of June and the park operator opportunity is out to tender with a deadline for responses by 25 July – visit Thanet District Council website for details.

FROM THE ARCHIVE

Every month we will be featuring a story from the Dreamland Archive penned by our very own Mr Graham Ward. This month Graham talks about…

DANCE HALL DAYS: SANGER BRINGS THE MASSES TO MARGATE

Originally constructed in 1866 as a railway terminus by the Kent Coast Railway Company, the Hall-by-the-Sea was taken over by Spiers and Pond for a period of seven years, and became a place of entertainment that catered to the delights of Margate’s residents, as well as for the burgeoning number of day-trippers to the resort who were arriving by sea from London. At the end of the tenure, the railway authorities failed to find a buyer, but it was subsequently purchased by Thomas Dalby Reeve, the ex-mayor of Margate, for a sum of £3,750.00. The property acquired included the Hall premises and some allotments at the rear, On Dalby Reeve’s death in 1875, ‘Lord’ George Sanger took sole ownership of the property, and the site remained in his hands until 1919, when it was bought by John Henry Iles.

Sanger was an illiterate showman of vast business acumen and energy. The son of an itinerant showman, James Sanger whom, it is said served as a press-ganged sailor on Nelson’s ‘Victory’ at Trafalgar, it is claimed that George Sanger’s earliest shows featured a flotilla of miniature ships that fired tiny fireworks whilst being towed by goldfish! Sanger, with his brother John, began a travelling circus which toured the United Kingdom. In 1849, he married the celebrated ‘Lion Queen’ Ellen Chapman. She would later appear in Sanger’s circus parade as Britannia, with a live lion at her feet. When the circus came to Margate in 1870, Sanger met Reeve, the then-owner of the Hall-by-the-Sea, and the two men entered into a partnership. After Reeve’s death in 1875, Sanger became both owner and proprietor. He ran the venue as a music hall and bar, with dances in the evenings, later opening a roller-skating arena to cater for the latest craze then sweeping the country. Installing 8000 square feet of maple flooring, and with daily demonstrations by one ‘Professor’ Chambers, named ‘the Skateorial King’, who schooled the more faint-hearted participants in the new art, the skating enterprise was a huge success. Sanger’s first enterprising act was to reduce the price of admission to the dancehall from five shillings to one, which resulted in a huge influx of attendees to the Hall-by-the-Sea. He then turned the land behind the Hall into an ornamental pleasure garden, complete with ‘ruined abbey’ folly, a lake, statuary and, most notably, a menagerie. Sanger’s principle motive for the opening of the zoo was as a breeding and training place for the animals he employed in the travelling circus and at Astley’s Amphitheatre in London’s Westminster Bridge Road, which he had taken over in 1871. He was credited as the instigator of the famous ‘Three-Ringed Circus’ concept, and introduced the first Wild West shows into England.

Sanger’s Hall-by-the-Sea Menagerie occupied the western half of the present Dreamland site. The railway embankment was remodelled into a series of terraces which featured walkways with trees, interspersed with copies of Roman statuary made from cement and painted to resemble marble. Against the western and southern boundary to the park, a wall was built which served to prevent views of the railway line that served the Margate terminus. Against this wall, Sanger built the abbey folly, a groundsman’s cottage and three animal cages designed, it is said, to contain live bears. Sections of the wall, a small portion of the cottage and the cages still exist, and were listed in 2009. The cages, which date from the early 1870s, are an extremely rare survival from the Victorian era. The menagerie contained lions, tigers, baboons, leopards and wolves. There was a slaughterhouse behind the main building which was screened by trees. The pleasure gardens contained a series of ornamental lakes, stocked with waterfowl. Tea gardens and refreshment kiosks were situated nearby, and there was also an area given over to amusements such as swing boats, roundabouts and an early waxwork show. At night, the gardens were illuminated with hundreds of Chinese lanterns suspended from the trees, and there were regular firework displays to delight the nocturnal visitors.

Sanger made Margate his home, and he lived there until his death in 1911, when news of his demise made headline news throughout the world. HIs funeral cortege was as elaborate as his circus parades, and he is interred in an elaborate tomb in Margate cemetery, next to which is that of his brother John, which is crowned by an impressive marble Mazeppa stallion.

In 1919, John Henry Iles bought the Hall from Sanger’s daughter and son-in-law. An advertising executive with a penchant for brass band music, Iles visited Coney Island in 1906, and was impressed by the brash new face of the pleasure complex as seen there. Particularly taken by the novelty and perceived profitability of the Luna and Dreamland theme parks, he also acquired the European rights to construct scenic railways, which were then very much a feature of the American park experience, and he subsequently built the first at Blackpool’s South Shore, quickly followed by that at the Franco-British Exposition of 1908. Iles renamed the Margate site Dreamland and made the Scenic Railway it’s thrilling centrepiece attraction. He also had major interests in Yarmouth, Aberdeen and Belle Vue, Manchester, and was responsible for the construction of the Margate Lido in 1926. An early afficionado of greyhound racing, Iles built a stadium in Ramsgate which was demolished only in 2001, and was also actively involved in the promotion of boxing, wrestling, football, zoos and chariot racing. It was his investment in the revival of the British film industry, notably as a major stakeholder in Elstree Studios, that finally lead to his financial downfall in 1938.

AND FINALLY… 

The Visitor & Learning Arcade was made possible by our local community, donators and committed volunteers who deserve a huge THANK YOU!  We would especially like to thank…

Stuart Atkinson and Kiel Shaw – Fontaine
Claire Blackwell
Claire Budd
John Cripps
Suzannah Foad
Abigail Simpson
Anne Swift
Blue Swift Gallery
Jim Moir
Joe Machine
Kate Smith – Updown Gallery
Keith Grossmith
Leigh Mulley
Mark Hampson
Matthew Penn
John Houston – Outside the Square Gallery
Paul & Magdalena Jebka-Scuffins
Robin Coates
Sophie Von Hellermann
Talma Gow
Tom Swift
Tracy Emin
Tracy Kendall
Anne Carrington
Arnold Schwartzman
Graham Ward
Kim Steward
Bluebird Coach
Coombs (Canterbury) Limited
Deborah Ellis – Madam Popoff
East Kent College
Eddie Gadd – Gadds Brewery
Michael Moyles Builders
Simon Cowell – Premier Flush
Allyson Jones - Morgan’s of Margate
Dan Thompson
Stephen Mina
Dom Bridges – Haeckles
Jo Willis
Lisa Hemingway – Cupcake Café
Lynne Hadley
Naomi Tomkin
Penny Miller
Peter King
Ron Mayoh
Nick Dermott
Carlos Dominguez – Cadaphoto
Chris & Jason – Rent-a-Bar
Eli Thompson – Westcoast Bar & Grill
Jerome Hillion – Jerome Hillion Hair and Make Up
Nova Clarke – Nova Clarke’s Workshop
Zoe Davis & Kristina Walker – Phases Dance & Fitness Studio
Lee Collier – Classic Cars
AG Studios
Age & Sons
DBA Editions
Jayne Bishop – Walpole Bay Hotel
Jilly Sharpe – Belvidere Place
Kelly Whiting – Beach View Guest House
Kim & Ted – IMMI Photography
KLM
Matt Lacey – Bannatynes
More than Yoga
Nick Cottington – Sands Hotel
Russell’s of Clapton
Two Spoons Catering
Andy Orrill – Stonaco Fabrications
Brian Thomas – SFL Construction Ltd
Harbour Arms
Julian Newick – The Lifeboat
Karl Wozny & Paul Emin – The Burger Bros.
Lee & Simon Eyles – IOT Scaffolding Ltd
Spencer Ray – TW Services
Kapo, Mandy & Gavin Kapucinski – Stylish Ice Cream Co.
Pete Heath and Phil Crow – Pinball Parlour
Alexandra Roarke
Annie Newstead
Beci Louise
Bobbie Mayoh
Claire Licence
Clark Miller
Harry Heath
Heather Keen
Iain Aitch
James Henderson
Jan Wheatley
Josh Woodcock
Katie Whicker
Lucy Austin
Samantha Vassiliou
Tia Jordan
Vincent Mirams
Rory Waitt
 
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VISITOR & LEARNING ARCADE OPENS

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We invite you to join us in the opening of the visitor & learning arcade with the launch of the exciting Dreamland Expo: a past, present and future on Sunday 25 May 2014 at 2pm.

The local community, Dreamland supporters and volunteers held a glittering celebrity art auction in the former Grade II*-listed cinema amusement arcade last November to raise funds open a visitor & learning arcade in the lead up to Dreamland’s Phase One opening in 2015.

Volunteers have been working tirelessly to transform this space into an interactive and immersive exhibition evoking the atmosphere of Dreamland, charting the revival of one of the UK’s best loved amusement parks and looking forward to things to come.

Come one, come all – family fun and games including the pinball museum, face painting, ice cream, Nick Evans book signing, archive film screenings, tunes and dancing if the fancy takes you.

On Bank Holiday Monday, The Arcade will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Margate’s infamous youth culture clash with an all-dayer and a chance to win Fred Perry’s Margate on the Run T shirts.

The exhibition is free entry and will be open every day from 10am until 5pm with occasional fund raising music events, film screenings, presentations and activities throughout the year.

Dreamland Expo: a past, present & future

Visitor & Learning Arcade

Dreamland Cinema

Marine Terrace

Margate CT9 1JX

 

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LEARNING & COMMUNITY OFFICER

Job Title: Learning & Community Officer

Responsible to: Finance Director

Responsible for: Apprentice, work placements, interns, learning providers, and volunteers

Hours: 25 hours per week (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)

Salary: £18k pro-rata (£13k per annum)

Application deadline: 27 May 2014

 

The Dreamland Trust will be opening an interactive and immersive Visitor & Learning Arcade this spring to engage as broad an audience as possible with Dreamland’s rich heritage, its listed assets and cultural themes.

The Dreamland Trust is now seeking to appoint a Learning & Community Officer to join the Visitor & Learning Arcade team to define and deliver the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Activity Plan learning programme through a range of wide-reaching and highly accessible platforms.

The successful candidate will have creative flair, imagination, relevant teaching experience and a genuine passion for British seaside cultural heritage.

 

The Role

 The purpose of the role is to define and deliver a captivating and imaginative programme of learning activities to ensure that The Dreamland Trust meet the HLF’s strategic aims to tell people about their own and other peoples’ heritage.

The learning programme will engage both formal and informal learners with the Dreamland’s unique and nationally significant history and important place in the history of British seaside amusement park heritage.

Responsibilities

Formal learning:

Set up a new Learning Department, devising appropriate systems and resources for the smooth running of the facility, liaising with learning providers, colleagues, outside agencies and partners and develop a service that responds to local, regional and national agendas.

Develop, deliver and evaluate high-quality, cross-curricular learning sessions, using exhibitions, Dreamland’s heritage assets, historical themes and archival material, for formal education groups from Early Learning Years to Stage 4, ensuring that National Curriculum needs are met.

Develop, deliver and evaluate tailor-made programmes of study for post-16 students, highlighting the uniqueness and international importance of the Dreamland site.

Provide direct teaching both onsite and offsite as required.

Research and prepare marketing materials for the learning programme and associated activities, working with the Heritage & Engagement Manager, Events Manager, design team and marketing staff.

Supervise, support and monitor apprenticeships, work experience placements, interns and Devise and facilitate training for teachers, student teachers, volunteers and staff.

Informal learning:

Attract family visitors to the Arcade through a dynamic and creative programme linked to Dreamland’s heritage themes and Margate’s wider events programme. Work closely with the Heritage & Engagement Manager to develop engaging opportunities for family and adult learning, taking into account the current national and regional initiatives.

Key tasks:

  • Maintain existing and build new learning partnerships
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate the learning programme for both formal and informal learners
  • Seek out and initiate project work
  • Apprenticeship schemes and work placements
  • Create and update online content and teacher’s packs
  • Marketing and bookings
  • Keep up-to-date with the national curriculum and government policies
  • Ensure safeguarding of visitors
  • Work closely with Heritage & Engagement Manager
  • Work with external partners to develop and build joint activities and cross promotion
  • Produce reports

Other duties and responsibilities:

  • To act as ambassador for Dreamland and point of contact for visitors to the Arcade
  • Identify external funding and sponsorship opportunities
  • Keep up-to-date with current education theory and practices
  • Recruit, train and co-ordinate a pool of learning facilitators and volunteers
  • Supervise casual learning facilitators, volunteers and freelancers as necessary
  • Be aware of health and safety legislation and ensure compliance with legal responsibilities associated with cultural activities, the Health and Safety at Work Act, the Council’s Safety Policy, The Equality Act and the Department Safety Policy
  • Be aware of child protection legislation and ensure compliance with legal responsibilities associated with children’s activities
  • Work closely with other attractions in and around Margate to maximise shared resources
  • Monitor and manage the learning budget in compliance with The Dreamland Trust’s financial rules and procedures
  • Provide reports to the Heritage & Learning Manager and General Manager as and when required
  • Review of the Learning Policy and Plan

Working condition and environment:

Based in the Visitor & Learning Arcade in Dreamland’s Grade II*-listed cinema building, occasionally required to work from The Dreamland Trust HQ at Marine Studios, schools and other venues as required. Some evening and weekend work may be required from time-to-time for which lieu time will be given.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and covering letter to opportunities@dreamlandmargate.co.uk

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VISITOR CENTRE MANAGER

Job Title: Archive & Arcade Manager

Responsible to: Finance Director

Responsible for: Volunteers and casual staff

Hours: 9am – 6pm Thursday – Monday inclusive

Salary: £16k-20k

Application deadline: Monday 19 May 2014

Start: Immediate

 

The Role

The Dreamland Trust will be opening an interactive and immersive Visitor & Learning Arcade this spring to engage as broad an audience as possible with Dreamland’s rich heritage, its listed assets and cultural themes.

The Dreamland Trust is now seeking to appoint an Archive & Arcade Manager to join the Visitor & Learning Arcade team to build the Dreamland Archive and ensure the smooth running and operation of the Arcade three days per week.

The successful candidate will have excellent Front of House skills, a genuine passion for British seaside cultural heritage and experience/knowledge of digital archiving.

Responsibilities

Acting as the public point of contact you will positively promote Dreamland and its heritage and be responsible for building the Dreamland Archive, in partnership with the South East Archive of Seaside Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University, which will eventually become an accessible online resource.

You will be responsible for managing the Arcade, opening and closing the Arcade, co-ordinating and supervising volunteers and casual staff, ensuring exhibitions and activities run smoothly, information gathering, managing fund raising stock, handling cash, building a visitor database for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

Duties

  • Ensuring smooth operation of the Visitor & Learning Arcade
  • Opening and closing the Arcade
  • Health & safety checks and compliance
  • Coordinating and supervising volunteer greeters
  • Supervising casual staff
  • Operation and maintenance of technical equipment
  • Building and administrating the Dreamland archive
  • Fundraising and income generation through donations and sponsorship
  • Bookings for ticketed pop-up events
  • Fundraising stock control
  • Handling cash
  • Complying with financial systems

Working condition and environment

Based in the Visitor & Learning Arcade in Dreamland’s Grade II*-listed cinema building. Hours are 0900 through to 1800 Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Mondays with occasional extra hours to for special activities and pop-up events.

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter to opportunities@dreamlandmargate.co.uk

 

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