Named after a former Chairman of Jersey Heritage and honorary Patron of the Friends, the Don Filleul Gallery houses a new display on Seaside entertainment .
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!
The gradual introduuction of paid time off work and Bank Holidays during the 19th century combined with the expanding railway network and an efficient steamer service to make Jersey a popular seaside holiday destination.
The appeal of the seaside holiday was that there was something for everyone -
Sea-bathing, sand castles, and donkey rides for the young,
a variety of styles of entertainment from the jolity of the Pierrot and minstrel concert parties to the knockabout fun of the Punch and Judy show appealed to all ages, and
for adults, there was the promenade and esplanade on which to see and be seen.
The popularity of the seaside holiday was that it continually re-invented itself but it essentially retained its original appeal of 'Health, happiness and Horseplay' by giving visitors the opportunity to escape from the constraints of daily life and allowing them to pretend and to behave in a way they would never do at home or in the workplace.
The heyday of Jersey's tourism was in the 50 years following the end of the Second World War.