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Margate Time Warp

All Week | Dreamland Margate | Free Entry

Take a trip through time at our pop-up video archive, exploring Margate on film over the last 100 years.

The Margate Time Warp is a major new exhibition from Margate Film Festival that celebrates the town’s vibrant history and diverse communities, using archive footage and local films from 1925 – present day.

Margate is a town of many faces, shifting and changing in its reputation with each generation. Once known as a thriving tourist hotspot in its prime, Margate fell into dereliction with the rise of cheaper international travel and a move to out-of-town shopping centres. Now, Margate is changing once again with the influx of artists and affluent Londoners, since the opening of the Turner Gallery – and this year’s Turner Prize.

The archive will feature clips from the BFI and Screen Archive South East, from collections that date back as early as 1925, including shorts such as ‘Magical Margate’ (1925) and ‘All Go Margate’ (1970), ‘O, Dreamland’ (1953), and newer additions including “Chas and Dave – Margate” (1982) and “Margate: Skinheads, Scooters & Seaside” (2019) by local filmmaker James Williams.


Pop-in to the pop-up at any time throughout the week. No tickets required – stay for 5 minutes or the full hour and share your own stories with #MargateTimeWarp

Suitable for all ages.

Featuring clips from the BFI Archive and Screen Archive South East

This project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Shifting Ground.

local film


Location: Dreamland foyer 

Country: UK

Running Time: Aprox 1hr

Year: 1925 – 2019

Cert: 12A


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