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Seaside Memories takes a fresh and highly inventive approach to exploring local heritage with young people. Using Lowestoft as its focus, it looks at how our ideas of seaside holiday fun have changed over the past two hundred years. Through film and performance, the team explored how entertainment, beach fashion and holiday etiquette have evolved from the pre-Victorian era to the present day.

The film was made by 20 young people from Benjamin Britten High and Warren School, helped by Media Projects East, Cantor's International Theatre School, the Shaw Trust and local historians. The young people gained accredited skills in drama, animation, film making and research techniques.

They time-travelled into old postcards, then talked to fishermen, holiday makers and youngsters from a century ago. They created an end of the pier show in the tradition of Pierrot mime. They animated some of the more exotic acts that have passed in and out of vogue, including lion taming, snake charming, boxing and dance. They interviewed historians on many fascinating subjects, such as how to use a Victorian bathing machine and where to book a Charabanc holiday. Kenny Cantor offered them glimpses of his rich and varied career in show business and talked about the colourful characters he has met.

The Film Clips section contains the finished film, divided into thematic sections. Behind The Scenes includes the credits list, a slide show of production stills and detail of how the film was made. Research Links takes you to the web sites of the heritage organisations we worked with.

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In this sequence team members talked to the people they met inside old seaside postcards.
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