Butlins: 75 years of holiday history

The Butlins brand has enticed millions of families to its coastal camps since its creation in 1936. The colourful, organised entertainment - all served with a redcoat smile - became a cultural phenomenon.

For the past two years, documentary photographer Anna Fox has been recording the modern face of Butlins at the company's site at Bognor Regis, West Sussex. Her distinctive work is to be showcased at Pallant House Gallery in nearby Chichester.

Here, she explains the method behind her work - and how she hopes her colour-filled images will become an important record of social history, just like the black and white photographs of camp life from decades' past.

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Anna Fox: RESORT can be seen at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, from 25 June - 2 October 2011.

Anna Fox assisted by Vicki Churchill, Andrew Bruce and production team. Black and white archive images courtesy Getty Images and PA.

John Hinde Butlins images from Our True Intent Is All For Your Delight, new edition published by Chris Boot, July 2011.

All images subject to copyright. Butlins audio (1940s and 1965) from BBC sound archives. Music courtesy KPM Music.

Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 17 June 2011.


RESORT at Pallant House Gallery

Anna Fox Photography

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