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Photographic Print

Uploaded on:
2011-08-19 19:10:00.0
File Size:
1.04 MB
2388 x 1820 pixels
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Digital Media Bank ID: 16495
Description: Monochrome photographic print of the Black Rock slopes on Marine Drive. Shows dismantiling 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  

Copyright & Re-use

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

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 three workmen dismantilng a pill box. Two of the workmen are using pneumatic drills. These appear to be powered by the large generator visible to the right of the men. The image is a view northeast 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, marine drive, slopes, pill box, workmen

File info

Original Filename: dmas_ha920127_d01_ab10.jpg
Size: 1.04 MB; 2388 x 1820 pixels; 202 x 154 mm (print at 300 DPI); 632 x 482 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
Orientation: Landscape

Administrative info

Linked Accession no.: HA920127