The Dreamland Trust invites you to join us in a celebration of Dreamland’s past over a weekend of shared experiences, stories, photographs and memorabilia in partnership with the South East Archive of Seaside photography project with special guest appearance from celebrity TV antiques expert, Mark Stacey.

Dreamland in the seaside town of Margate on the South East Kent coast is the oldest surviving amusement park in the UK and home to the iconic Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway, currently undergoing restoration to its former working glory.

The Dreamland Trust is responsible for engaging people with Dreamland’s rich heritage dating back to the Great British railway boom of the early 1860s, through ‘Lord’ George Sanger’s 1870s pleasure gardens and menagerie of exotic beasts from all parts of the universe to the opening of John Henry Iles’ Cony Island inspired Dreamland in 1920.

Over the past five years, The Dreamland Trust has been working with the community to build an historic record and archive of Dreamland’s extraordinary past.

Perhaps you, or your family and friends, visited Dreamland during one of its many hey days; maybe you had your first kiss on the Caterpillar ride – a firm favourite with courting couples! There might even be some family cine film in your attic or photographs under the bed?

Did you work in Dreamland or know someone who did? Whatever your experience, whatever your story, whatever you got – we would love to meet you, see your snaps and share those treasured memories!

There is no need to book to take part. This is a free activity taking place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 22 November 2014 and Sunday 23 November 2014 at the Dreamland Expo in the Visitor & Learning Arcade, Dreamland Cinema, Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1JX.

Following the success of last year’s campaign, Explore Your Archive is back for 2014.
Explore Your Archive week 2014 www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
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