You are learning about this topic to help you to understand how different life was over the last 100 years. As many of you will have been to the seaside, we felt it would be easier for you to make comparisons between then and now, not just on the beach but getting there from home too, as motor cars steadily took over from trains for many people. As this was a time when photographs were taken for the first time, we have a lot of evidence for you to explore so that you can work a lot of for yourself. Many objects from that time also survive to give us a flavour of what people’s everyday life was like. At the end we look at how seaside holidays have changed over the last 100 years or so, with the arrival of cheap air travel and holidays abroad in the sun. Your interviews with parents and grandparents will provide another useful piece of evidence here. Finally, the topic also links very well with your work in geography.

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