The Rise and Decline of Coastal Tourism

keynote presentation
sponsored by

Linde Egberts

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage CLUE+, Project Manager HERICOAST:

One of the main characteristics of heritage management in coastal regions is the challenge of dealing with the extreme transformation of the landscape due to the rise and decline of coastal tourism. Key-note speaker Allan Brodie brings state-of-the-art knowledge to the HERICOAST and other sessions on Heritage, Tourism and Water, as well as a perspective on coastal landscapes that has developed in Great Britain, where coastal tourism bloomed and decayed relatively early. Hosting this session – in a continental coastal landscape- enables us to reflect on the relevance of the British experience for the rest of Europe.


Allan Brodie

Historian and Senior Investigator at Historic England:

As the first country to comprehensively adopt sea bathing as a medical treatment, and subsequently as a leisure pursuit, England was the first European country in modern times to have to cater for this new interest. Initially this was at a series of small working towns around the English coastline, before the numbers of visitors were sufficient to merit the creation of dedicated seaside resorts. Therefore, today a considerable number of modern seaside resorts as different as Margate, Hastings and Scarborough still bear clear traces of their commercial origins and some modern ports such as Liverpool, Portsmouth and Southampton have lost histories as seaside resorts.

My keynote presentation Resort Development in the 18th Century – A Typology will provide a typology of seaside resort development in the 18th century and suggest that it may applicable to more recent projects, and to resort development elsewhere in Europe. It will also outline how the transition from the commercial to the recreational took place in early resorts, and outline some of the evidence for this prehistory of seaside resorts.