Between 2014 and 2018, Hastings Pier Charity’s Learning and Education team created the Digital Memory archive as part of the Heritage Lottery-funded project to restore the pier. A team of archive volunteers gathered the content, researched the background and contextual information, and catalogued the material.
Members of the public donated much of the content on this site. Other major donors were Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings Library, The Keep, Judges postcards, and Brighton Museum.
When Hastings Pier was sold into private ownership in June 2018 the pier archive was given to Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Since 2019 the volunteers of Hastings Pier Community Archive have worked in conjunction with HMAG to continue to maintain this important cultural asset for the local community, and for those around the world with an interest in seaside heritage and the on-going history of Hastings Pier.
Our aim is to ensure the sustainability of the archive as a unique historical record of a remarkable and much-loved structure. To that end, we are continuing to collect material related to the pier. This can be in the form of personal or historical photographs; memorabilia and ephemera such as post cards, posters and programmes; historical documents; sound recordings; video and film; art works; newspaper articles; etc.
Contributing to the site
You can add a comment about an item in the archive by clicking on the ‘Add a comment’ link on at the bottom of each website page.
You can also post personal photos of you on the pier by using the contribution form.
To submit material to the archive, please go to CONTACT US.
This website is curated by a group of volunteers. We are always interested in new recruits, so if you are interested please contact us.