Miami Moderne


Miami to Morecambe: Transatlantic Seaside Moderne

Sunday 8th October 12-4pm 2017

The Midland Hotel

Marine Rd West, Morecambe



An afternoon symposium of presentations and discussion exploring 1930s Seaside Moderne architecture in Morecambe and Miami South Beach, USA, preceded by a walking tour of The Midland Hotel, and followed by afternoon tea in the Eric Gill Sun Terrace.

12- 12.15pm Welcome and light refreshments in Eric Gill room

12.15pm-1pm Tour of Midland Hotel by Brian Jenkins, concierge and local historian

1.15pm-2.30pm Presentations by Jenny Steele, Dr. Martin Zebracki and Dr. David Jarratt, followed by discussion and Q&A with audience in Eric Gill room.

3pm onwards Afternoon Tea in Sun Terrace £21 per person



Dr David Jarratt

Dr David Jarratt is a Senior Lecturer within the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise at UCLan in Preston. His research interests revolve around how the visitor experiences and consumes tourism places. In recent years he has focused on sense of place as experienced by visitors to the traditional British seaside resort (using Morecambe as a case-study) and the associated themes of wellness and nostalgia. Jarratt will discuss his Seasideness research in relation to The Midland and coastal architectural heritage.

Dr Martin Zebracki

Dr Martin Zebracki is a cultural geographer whose research revolves around the intersecting geographies of public art, urban art-led-regeneration, (queer) sexuality and identity, where he develops mixed qualitative research methodologies. He is Assistant Professor in Critical Human Geography at the Univerisity of Leeds. Zebracki will present his recent paper ‘Urban preservation and the queerying spaces of (un)remembering: Memorial landscapes of the Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District’.

Jenny Steele

Jenny Steele is a visual artist whose research based practice most recently responds to mid war modernist coastal architecture in North England, Scotland and Miami South Beach, through the processes of drawing, printmaking, textiles and sculpture. Her exhibition ‘This Building for Hope’ at The Midland has been informed by a recent research visit to Miami South Beach, and previous research into The Midland’s architectural history at the RIBA and V&A archives. Steele will discuss her research process and the work presented in the site specific exhibition.

A return bus service will be provided from central Manchester to Morecambe.

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