The Great British Seaside – National Maritime Museum

Metro is delighted to be supporting The Great British Seaside, a new exhibition which opens this week at the National Maritime Museum (NMM). It explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades and celebrates the ambiguities and absurdities of seaside life from abandoned piers to the dazzling arcades.

Documenting a quintessentially British experience the exhibition features over 100 images from the 1960’s to the present day by four of Britain’s most celebrated photographers,  Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn,  Simon Roberts and Martin Parr. Metro has produced bespoke frames for the images on show as well as C-type and black and white fibre prints.

Each photographer brings their own individuality to the exhibition which includes images from the archival collections of each photographer, plus previously unseen films and 20 new works by Martin Parr, commissioned by the NMM and shot in the summer of 2017.  The new images focus on the thriving and diverse resorts of London’s ‘local beaches’, including Southend-on-Sea, Shoeburyness, Leigh-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.

Through recurring themes of place, tradition and class, this fun and fascinating exhibition holds up a critical, yet affectionate and often humorous mirror to a great British tradition and features beaches from Brighton to Blackpool capturing the traditions, customs and eccentricities associated with them.


National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Exhibition dates: 23rd March–30th September 2018

Opening times: 10:00am – 5:00pm daily

Entrance fee: Adult: £10.35 | Child: £4.50 | Concession: £9.45

For more information about the exhibition


  1. GB.England, Dorset, From West Bay.-1996 © Martin Parr – Magnum Photos
  2. GB.England. Herne Bay, Kent. 1963 © David Hurn – Magnum Photos
  3. Eastbourne, East Sussex c 1968 © Tony Ray-Jones – National Science and Media Museum
  4. Blackpool Promenade, Lancashire. 2008 © Simon Roberts. Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London
  5. Whistling Sand, Pothoer, Aberdaron 2004 © David Hurn – Magnum Photos
The Great British Seaside – National Maritime Museum
The Great British Seaside – National Maritime Museum