What is “Bygone Beachcombers”

BygoneBeachcombers is a project funded by Heritage Lottery fund, managed and led by Capacity Buildings Ltd and delivered by a number of partners and volunteers including VANEL.

In 2016, graduate’s working as part of The North East Lincolnshire Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership, identified Cleethorpes beach chalets as an iconic feature of Cleethorpes Resort.  The chalets, each of which are in varying states of condition ranging from good to dilapidated, are unique to seaside resorts, and have adorned Marine Embankment’s coastal path for more than half a century.  As a result, an idea was put forward to use a reminiscence project to turn one of the beach chalets/huts into a seaside heritage museum, complete with an accompanying website – Bygone BeachCombers.  The project focuses on recording the history of seaside visits and holidays during five different time periods, as well as documenting the changing environmental landscape.

Capacity Buildings Ltd submitted the application to Heritage Lottery fund and were successful in drawing down the funding to deliver this project.

This website (built by VANEL and populated by the BygoneBeachcombers team and volunteers) is where you’ll eventually find all the information both about the project and the results of the research.

If you want to ask about the project, support it, volunteer with it, suggest ideas or add your research then get in touch with us here.

The project has a lot of topics to cover, but in essence they are all around the Cleethorpes beach front and the Beach huts/chalets and around the history of the area as a tourism and bathing spot.  Keep watching this website for evolving news and information.

Thank you to our funders – Heritage Lottery fund.