Dreamlands
by Rob Ball
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ISBN Number: 978-1-907893-74-2
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 95
Publication Date: 2015
Publisher: Dewi Lewis

Dreamland amusement park in Margate, Kent opened to the public in 1920 though its site has an even longer historical link with fairgrounds, having been first used for amusement rides as early as 1880. During the height of its popularity it was one of the UK’s best-loved amusement parks and a top tourist attraction. Years of steady decline and a slow dismantling of iconic rides led to the park’s eventual closure in 2003. Yet it retained a place in the hearts of many local people and when plans were announced to develop housing on the site a decade long public campaign was triggered with the aim of restoring it as a fully operational amusement park. The campaign succeeded and the park reopened to the public in Summer 2015.

Rob Ball remembers the park with great fondness from his own childhood visits. In ‘Dreamlands’ he incorporates colour photographs of found objects and of the park as it fell into disrepair, as well as black and white archive photographs and tintypes.

Condition: Fine. (Click on image for larger version of item we are selling).


 

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