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Dreamland exhibition to feature vintage films and memorabilia of theme park

Vintage films celebrating Dreamland’s rich history will form part of a new exhibition organised by heritage charity the Dreamland Trust.

Images and memorabilia provided by the public and Trust’s own archives will also be on display.

Animated film My Dreamland, which includes photographs and memories of the park from members of the public, will also be shown.

Staff photo from the 1920s
Staff photo from the 1920s

The independent charity was formed following the successful six-year Save Dreamland campaign and was instrumental in the park’s re-opening.

Bernie Morgan, chairman, says they are now on the look-out for volunteers to help with exhibition project.

She said: “Over 7,000 people visited our exhibitions last year. This year’s event will also include vintage films and the opportunity to view some of our digitised archive collection.

We are calling for volunteers to help us welcome visitors to the exhibition and would love to hear from people from the community who would like to get involved and celebrate all that is great about Dreamland.”

There are also opportunities for other volunteer roles relating to the archive, its organisation and display, as well as developing free talks and tours for the general public and schools.

The Scenic Railway in the 1960s
The Scenic Railway in the 1960s

The Trust is committed to conserving and protecting the heritage of the park through a programme of community, education projects and exhibitions.

Dreamland features a mix of heritage and modern rides with the Grade II* listed Scenic Railway forming the centrepiece of the park.

The 1920s gallopers were restored by restoration specialists Littleboys who also worked on a number of other heritage rides including the Double Decker.

This summer new rides were brought it including the Dreamland Drop. This shoot up and drop tower ride rotate 360 degrees to give thrill seekers a panoramic view of the Margate.

The Trust are looking for volunteers (3800819)
The Trust are looking for volunteers (3800819)

Dreamcatcher is a modern take on the much-loved classic Enterprise ride from the 1980s The ride is an open-air thrill experience that transports riders sixty feet through the air at 25 miles per hour.

Pendulum echoes the dynamics and excitement of the highly popular Mary Rose that saw visitors flock to Dreamland in the 1990s. As the ride begins to swing, it also rotates getting longer and longer for a mind-boggling feeling as land, sea and sky fly overhead.

The Trust’s new exhibition will be held in the Dreamland Ballroom and is now open.

To volunteer at the Trust email jill.hunt@dreamlandtrust.org.uk or telephone 07934 852281.

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