Weston Museum hosts pop-up exhibit on historic holidays

PUBLISHED: 09:08 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:08 30 May 2018

The Bank Holiday Scene near the Grand Pier.

The Bank Holiday Scene near the Grand Pier.


A pop-up exhibition focusing on holidays in the past will be held at Weston Museum.

The South West Heritage Trust is organising the exhibit, which will be at the museum, in Burlington Street, on Tuesday.

It will explore the West Country’s enduring appeal for holidaymakers using collections from heritage centres in Somerset and Devon.

Many documents are being publicly shown for the first time, and include a Grand Pier autograph album from the early 20th century and 19th century travel diaries.

Senior archivist Esther Hoyle said: “Holidays, as we now think of them, really became part of life in the second half of the 19th century.

“This was largely thanks to the increase in methods of transport.

“Before this, holidays were mainly for wealthy people who could afford to travel to the spa towns or the seaside, while literary and artistic people wandered widely for inspiration.”

Some of the railway posters which will be on display really capture the vibrant appeal of seaside holidays in the West Country.

“Diaries and visitor books show what people experienced from their own point of view.”

The exhibition will run from 10.30am-3.30pm and donations for the heritage trust are welcomed.

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