Sunbeam Images of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

The Sunbeam Photographic Company, formed just before the First World War, was the dominant commercial photographic company that ‘worked’ the Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate coast until its closure in 1975

The remarkable images of the Sunbeam Collection have been digitally archived as part of the SEAS (South East Archive of Seaside) Photography project by Canterbury Christ Church University with assistance from the Heritage Lottery fund.

The archive is located at the Broadstairs Campus of Canterbury Christ Church University where staff, volunteers and students undertake research into seaside photographic practices, communities and cultures. 

You can see a restored Sunbeam donkey, which appears in many of the pictures at Margate Museum and a selection of images taken

Below are some examples of their work. The full archive can be seen on the SEAS Photography website

Images - Sunbeam Collection © Thanet District Council 2016



Scenic Railway Dreamland         Margate Harbour                          Pelosis’ Ice Cream Parlour         


Viking Bay                                                         Botany Bay 


Ramsgate Bathing Pool                                Ramsgate Seafront