Whilst Hastings Pier remains static, the environment around it constantly changes. Where better than Hastings Pier to feel the wind in your hair, smell the salt of the sea and hear the crash of the waves below you? Enjoy pictures of boats including catamarans, the speedboat and paddle steamers; dramatic Judges postcards of crashing waves; quirky family snaps with monkeys and charming pictures of people fishing from Hastings Pier.
Learn about St. Leonards Pier and the construction of Hastings Pier and discover how Hastings seafront has changed over time. See dramatic photographs of the devastating 2010 fire that destroyed 90% of Hastings Pier and enjoy John Cole’s wonderful pictures of the reconstruction project.
Delve into this collection of old pictures to see the changes in seaside fashion from the Victorian era to the modern day, from big hats to sun hats and knitted bathing costumes to bikinis. Look at charming holiday snaps showing families enjoying a day out at Hastings Pier through the last 100 years.
Discover the bands and theatrical performances that Hastings Pier has hosted over the years. From bingo to bouncy castles, chess to cycle divers and tea dances to raves, Hastings Pier has always embraced the quirky to ensure seaside entertainment for all.
Thanks to initial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hastings Pier has a dedicated Learning and Education department.
The department is staffed by two part-time Learning and Education Managers, an Education & Volunteers Coordinator, and a Learning Assistant and is supported by project coordinators, interns and over 80 volunteers.