Essex History Group: Holidays with Play - Butlin’s at Clacton, 1938-83

Speaker: Kathryn Ferry

Billy Butlin was a master of popular entertainment and when he opened his second holiday camp at Clacton it was an immediate success. This lecture takes a journey from the camp’s early Art Deco days, through its transformation to a World War II army base, to its colourful postwar heyday and eventual decline as foreign package holidays took over. Kathryn Ferry is the author of the official history of Butlin’s. Her other books include titles on beach huts and bungalows, and she regularly contributes her knowledge of British seaside history to television and radio programmes.

Tuesday 11 June, 10.30am-12.00noon

Tuesday 11 June, 2.00pm-3.30pm

Bookings open from 1 May 2019

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