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Photographic Print

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2011-08-19 19:10:00.0
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959.76 KB
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Digital Media Bank ID: 16494
Description: Monochrome photographic print of the Black Rock slopes on Marine Drive. Shows dismantling of a pill box by two workmen. View taken from the south. From the Local History collection. August 1944.
Categories: Timeline/ World War Two (1939-1945), Collections / Local & Social History, Learning Themes/ WW2, Learning Themes/ WW2/ Seafront Defences  

Rights & Reuse

Licence: CC BY-SA
Credit Line: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

Object or Artwork info

Type (of Object or Artwork): Photographic Print
Title (of Artwork / Object): Photographic Print
Date Created (of Object / Artwork): August 1944
Description (Object or Artwork): This black and white photograph shows two workmen dismantilng a pill box. The image is a view north towards the Black Rock slopes beneath Marine Drive. During the early years of the Second World War, Britain was faced with the threat of German invasion. The British retreat from Dunkirk and the French surrender of June 1940 left the south coast dangerously exposed. Brighton's beaches were closed at 5pm on 2 July 1940, and defence measures were erected along the seafront. Mines were placed along the beach and barbed wire barricades protected the front. Following the success of the D-Day landings in June 1944, the threat of invasion was lifted. Work soon began to remove many of the beach defences. The Borough Surveyor's department oversaw this work, and took several photographs of the defences prior to their removal.
Subject tags:
Brighton & Hove
Other Keywords: local history, social history, pill box, workmen, marine drive

File info

Original Filename: dmas_ha920126_d02_ab10.jpg
Size: 959.76 KB; 2402 x 1836 pixels; 203 x 155 mm (print at 300 DPI); 636 x 486 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
Orientation: Landscape

Administrative info

Linked Accession no.: HA920126