SEASON’S GREETINGS!Eric Sillers snowy Scenic Railway

Eric Sillers & Colleague clearing the Scenic Railway courtesy of Sharon Floate

GEEK 2013

We’re delighted to pre-announce our forthcoming presentation of Tim Hunkin and his Under the Pier Show at Turner Contemporary in Margate as part of GEEK 2013.        

Tim Hunkin is an engineer, cartoonist, writer and artist.  He is best known for creating the Channel 4 television series, The Secret Life of Machines, in which he explains the workings and history of various household devices. For 15 years Tim produced the cartoon strip, The Rudiments of Wisdom, for the Observer newspaper.  More recently Tim has been building interactive museum exhibits, curating and designing exhibitions and has designed numerous public engineering works, chiefly for entertainment.

GEEK (Games Expo East Kent) is the biggest retro gaming festival in the UK. We are very interested in telling people about our gaming heritage from its pre-home entertainment days when the only place to play your fave game was in an amusement arcade.

Surprisingly very little has been written about the history of amusement arcades despite their far flung success, so we’ve invited Tim to give a visual talk about the history of the amusement arcade and his ten year long obsession with creating his own amusement arcade of home-made machines on Southwold Pier in Suffolk.

Times, dates and venues will be posted on the GEEK2013 website at


Last month Jacobs Engineers returned to the Dreamland site to complete a survey on the condition of the Scenic Railway and Japanese Knotweed was removed from underneath the structure.

Thanet District Council has now lodged a request for an expedited hearing of the CPO judicial review – if this is approved we may have a hearing date early next year.

The Urgent Works to the cinema building’s concrete windows to the Hall by the Sea elevation completes this month with immediate plans to carry on with Urgent Works to the cinema’s Compton organ.


As another year draws to an end – I’d like to take this opportuntity to thank our volunteers and partners who have worked with us to help deliver our events and activities throughout 2012 and, on behalf of The Dreamland Trust, I’d like to wish you all a very


Please note that The Dreamland Trust office will be closed from 12 December 2012 until 2 January 2013. Project contact from 12 December will be Mike Nuttall at

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