When Hastings Pier was sold into private ownership in June 2018, the digital pier archive was given to Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (HMAG). Since 2019 the volunteers of Hastings Pier Community Archive have worked in collaboration with HMAG to continue to maintain this important cultural asset. 

This collection is not only of importance for the local community, but also for those around the world with an interest in seaside heritage and the on-going history of Hastings Pier. 

“Our aim is to ensure the sustainability of the archive as a unique historical record of a remarkable and much-loved structure,” says Rowena Rowling, one of the volunteers.

Rowena points out that this is a live project and that they are continuing to collect material related to the pier. She says this can be in the form of personal or historical photographs; memorabilia and ephemera such as post cards, posters and programmes; historical documents; sound recordings; video and film; art works; newspaper articles; etc. 

A new feature is that it is now possible to submit links to other webpages that contain news and information about the pier for the new ‘Media’ category. “We are particularly looking for material covering the last few years,” says Rowena. 

Material for the archive can be submitted, either digitally or as hard copies that are digitised and then returned to the owner: email [email protected] with a description of the items (see Contact Us on the website). Personal photos of family and friends on the pier can be uploaded via Share your personal photos

For more information visit www.hastingspierarchive.org.uk You can also follow Hastings Pier Community Archive on Facebook.


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