2014 January Newsletter

Happy New Year from the Dreamland Trust!

FRESH START FOR DREAMLAND

fontaine cheque8This week, The Dreamland Trust received a £25,000 cheque for monies raised through a celebrity art auction, organised by Stuart Atkinson and Kiel Shaw of Fontaine Decorative. Monies raised are to be used to open a Dreamland Visitor & Learning Centre in Dreamland’s Grade II*-listed seafront amusement arcade this spring.
Fontaine Decorative is a patron of the arts supporting Turner Contemporary and now Dreamland. Stuart said; “We were very proud to be involved with the art auction evening. The money raised exceeded all expectations. It just proves the level of support that the Dreamland Trust has locally and nationally. We can’t wait to see the visitors’ centre opened, being the catalyst for the much needed regeneration of the other end of Margate’s beautiful seafront”

The art auction was part of a series of events held at the end of last year to celebrate the successful end of a drawn out legal challenge, which finally saw Thanet District Council taking ownership of the site. Other activities included over 2,300 people attending an open afternoon at Dreamland, vintage and classic vehicle rally, volunteer Big Clear day and a fundraising quiz night hosted by the Harbour Arms micro pub.
The Dreamland Trust is now implementing plans to open Dreamland in 2015 under the full-time directorship of Eddie Kemsley. Eddie joins the Dreamland Margate project team this month bringing a wealth of experience and expertise in the leisure and hospitality industries, including seven years as a director of Kent’s Port Lympne and Howlett’s Wild Animal Parks and the transformation of London’s Grade II-listed Camden Palace into the award-winning KOKO.

Eddie said: “I am delighted to accept this cheque on behalf of The Dreamland Trust and thank Stuart and Kiel, and all the sponsors, contributors and volunteers for supporting Dreamland. I am thrilled to be joining the Dreamland project team and very much look forward to bringing this exciting and vital project to fruition.”

The Visitor & Learning Centre will be managed by The Dreamland Trust’s Heritage & Engagement Manager, Jan Leandro, supported by a team of volunteer greeters and guides. The space invites people to find out more about the future plans for Dreamland, the amusement park’s extraordinary past and the restoration of the Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway – the UK’s oldest wooden roller coaster

The Visitor & Learning Centre will be managed by The Dreamland Trust’s Heritage & Engagement Manager, Jan Leandro, supported by a team of volunteer greeters and guides. The space invites people to find out more about the future plans for Dreamland, the amusement park’s extraordinary past and the restoration of the Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway – the UK’s oldest wooden roller coaster.

The centre’s programme will include talks, tours, exhibitions and learning opportunities along with pop-up events and visiting attractions including drive-in movies, vintage vehicle rallies and live performance. The space will be designed and set dressed to evoke the atmosphere of Dreamland and things to come in 2015.

GEEK2014 – Minecraft Amusement Park Challenge
Dreamland Margate’s, iconic amusement park will be the inspiration for a Minecraft challenge at this year’s Gaming Expo East Kent – GEEK2014 largest gaming expo in the South East.

Dreamland Margate’s, iconic amusement park will be the inspiration for a Minecraft challenge at this year’s Gaming Expo East Kent – GEEK2014 largest gaming expo in the South East.

The world-building game, Minecraft, is a true phenomenon with gamers’ young and old using it in countless creative ways. Every day, more and more teachers are using the game to engage and educate.

The game involves players placing and breaking various types of building blocks  in a three-dimensional environment. The player takes on an avatar that can break and place blocks, forming fantastic structures, creations, and artwork, on multiplayer servers and single player worlds across multiple game modes.
GEEK’s event organiser and studio assistant, Kimberley Steward, said: “The small Minecraft area at GEEK2013 proved very successful. For 2014 we took this success and asked Multiplay, who run Minecon (the official Minecraft event and Insomnia – Britain’s largest gaming event), to organise and run a much larger Minecraft area at GEEK2014 using 40 Minecraft machines to run the game and tournaments”.

GEEK will be running a creative build challenge before the event. The theme for the Minecraft challenge is to build an amusement park or amusement park attraction, inspired by Dreamland – the oldest surviving amusement park in the UK currently be rejuvenated for 2015.

Players can log in to the server geek.multiplay.com (http://geek.multiplay.com/) until Wednesday, 29th January to build in a specific plot. Already tried and tested is Kimberley’s roller coaster based on Dreamland’s Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway Minecraft Scenic Railway – Dreamland Margate.

Mine Craft Scenic

The builds will be judged by Multi-disciplinary designer for Dreamland, Wayne Hemingway OBE and Jacob Aron, Journalist for the New Scientist and Minecraft player. Prizes are yet to be announced but entries will be judged on design and style.

The prizes have been provided by Razer. Razer is the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, so it is on most PC gamers’ wishlist 1st prize is a kit that will get you PC Gaming to a pro, which includes a headset, keyboard, mouse and mousemat, a really cool prize for people who use PC to play.

The Dreamland Trust’s Heritage & Engagement Manager, Jan Leandro, explained: “this is a wonderful cross-over where heritage is inspiring gamers to explore, discover and create imaginary worlds using new technology – we’re really excited about this challenge and look forward to seeing the outcomes”.

For more information or to be a GEEK201 volunteer please visit www.geek2014.co.uk or contact Kimberley Steward at kim@marinestudios.co.uk.

PROJECT UP-DATE FROM THE NEW LANDOWNERS

CIMG4340Our project partner, Thanet District Council, has now released the documents to prospective tenderers for the Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway engineering and trains contract. The next package for the Scenic Railway structure build will be released early in the New Year and the Construction Management contract expressions of interest are now being evaluated.

Meanwhile, rides restoration work continues with David Littleboy and Roger Sibley in Wakefield. We look forward to exhibiting the rides restoration work next year in the Dreamland amusement arcade visitor and learning centre.

 

STUDENT PROJECTS FOR 2014

January sees the launch of our Academic Research Access programme, which was successfully piloted with the Kent School of Architecture project in 2011resulting in a short listing for a Times Higher Education Award.

Participating projects include twenty-five interior design students from the Canterbury School of Architecture responding to Dreamland’s designated Visitor and Learning Centre in the Grade II*-listed seafront amusement arcade and the University for the Creative foundation students creating 3D designs for landscaping, lighting and moth-balled areas of the park.

Also attached to the programme is Canterbury Christ Church Programme Director of Photography, Rob Ball, who is creating a series of tintype photographs of the Dreamland site and its heritage assets. Rob uses a Wet Plate Collodion process, which was introduced in the 1850s. The process is notoriously inconvenient and unpredictable as glass plates have to be coated, sensitised, exposed and developed in the space of about 15 minutes, requiring a darkroom on site. Changes in temperature, chemicals, handling, light and humidity have an effect on the final outcome, but the result is a unique image in response to Dreamland’s archive, heritage assets and evolution.

Rob Ball5280    Rob Ball7280

Rob Ball1

Catering students at East Kent College were given the challenge to make canapés for a 1930s menu for the fundraising art auction – they were sensational! We look forward to developing training opportunities with the college in the New Year – particularly in the catering department – yum!

THANET SKILLS STUDIO VISITS DREAMLAND

In spring 2013 a Dreamland presentation given to students at the Thanet Skills Studio ignited an interest in developing skills in restoration. Thanet Skills Studio’s BTEC construction students visited the Dreamland site on the 13 December 2013 and are now working with The Dreamland Trust to develop a HLF Young Roots funding application.

If successful, the programme will include field trips, workshops and skills training with Dreamland’s rides restoration team. The group will be involved in up-cycling and refurbishment of some of Dreamland’s ride parts and artefacts.

Thanet Skills Studio

THE GARDEN GATE PROJECT

We are very much looking forward to working with The Garden Gate project next year to help grow Dreamland. The project, under the management of Paul Boyce at Northdown Park, is doing some fantastic work with adults with mental health issues and learning difficulties.

A programme of activities is being developed to include growing plants at the Garden Gate, planting at Dreamland and creating animal topiary and green sculptures for Dreamland.
SEAS

Earlier this year, Canterbury Christ Church University was successful in securing HLF funding to launch the South East Archive of Seaside photography project. Our volunteer archivist is now attached to the SEAS photography project and receiving training and professional development. The SEAS website will eventually have a portal to the Dreamland archive. The Dreamland Visitor & Learning Centre will act as an archive hub for collating and process archive material for both SEAS and the Dreamland archive.

And finally…
A mysterious trunk has arrived in Margate – we’ll be taking a closer look soon and will tell you more next month…

trunk

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