Simon Roberts has spent the last 3 years travelling the coastline of Britain photographing the last remaining pleasure piers. Culminating in a comprehensive and fascinating photographic record of these monuments of Victorian engineering and eccentricity, Pierdom is a broad architectural and ethnographical study of our coast and of British society. The pleasure pier follows the story of Britain's relationship to the seaside, from the early links with the Romantics, to the engineering feats and technical advancement of the Industrial Revolution.
To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the construction of Ryde Pier in the Isle of Wight (the first of the British piers), Roberts’ Pierdom project will be touring from July - September in 2014 creating a national exhibition. Confirmed venues include Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight, Teign Heritage Centre, Teignmouth, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne andTurner Contemporary, Margate. Along the British coastline these galleries will be each exhibiting between 1-5 pieces from the series, usually including their most local pier.
The project aims to generate a national conversation to highlight the historical significance of these architectural structures, enforcing the idea of Britain's piers as cultural landmarks, tracing history andnational identity from the Victorian period until now.
This is a display of three photographs from the project.