The Great British Seaside

All hands closure

We're making some improvements. All Hands Gallery will be closed Monday 16 and Saturday 20 April for redecoration. The rest of the museum remains open as usual. 

From the abandoned piers to the dazzling arcades, celebrate the British seaside through the lenses of Britain’s most popular photographers, featuring Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts and new work by Martin Parr.

‘Spellbinding and sometimes side-splitting photography exhibition documenting how we spend leisure time at our fraying coastline.’ ☆☆☆☆

- The Telegraph

‘Spellbinding and sometimes side-splitting photography exhibition documenting how we spend leisure time at our fraying coastline.’ ☆☆☆☆

- The Telegraph

'This is the perfect exhibition to roll us into summer..’ ☆☆☆☆

- The Londonist

'This is the perfect exhibition to roll us into summer..’ ☆☆☆☆

- The Londonist

‘The beach is that rare public space in which all absurdities and quirky national behaviours can be found’

- Martin Parr

‘The beach is that rare public space in which all absurdities and quirky national behaviours can be found’

- Martin Parr

‘My aim is to communicate something of the spirit and the mentality of the English, their habits and their way of life, the ironies that exist in the way they do things …’

- Tony Ray-Jones

‘My aim is to communicate something of the spirit and the mentality of the English, their habits and their way of life, the ironies that exist in the way they do things …’

- Tony Ray-Jones

‘The seaside is a place for uninhibited fun. It is cheap and very democratic, full of laughter, tenderness, ridiculousness but basically a way of having a good time.’

- David Hurn

‘The seaside is a place for uninhibited fun. It is cheap and very democratic, full of laughter, tenderness, ridiculousness but basically a way of having a good time.’

- David Hurn

‘I see the British seaside as a series of landscapes through which we can trace part of our national history.’

- Simon Roberts

‘I see the British seaside as a series of landscapes through which we can trace part of our national history.’

- Simon Roberts

Essential information

Event Type: 
Opening times: 
23 March–30 September 2018
Location: 
National Maritime Museum
Price: 
Adult: £11.50 | Child: £5.00 | Concession: £10.50