All of the works from the 2014 summer tour have come together to form one exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Pierdom will be on display at the museum until 21st February 2016, more information can be found here.

As part of the exhibition we’ve set up a blog ‘Piers for Pierdom‘ where we’re posting images and objects taken from the Royal Pavilion & Museums’ permanent collection.


Simon Roberts spent 3 years travelling the coastline of Britain photographing the last remaining pleasure piers. In 2014 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the construction of Ryde Pier in the Isle of Wight (the first of the British piers), Pierdom was exhibited at 13 venues accross the UK, creating a simultaneous national exhibition.


Along the British coastline the galleries each exhibited between 1-5 pieces from the series, including their most local pier. The aim of the exhibition was to generate a national conversation to highlight the historical significance of these architectural structures, enforcing the idea of Britain’s piers as cultural landmarks, tracing history and national identity from the Victorian period until now.


As part of the exhibition visitors were invited to share their ‘Pier Stories’, including memories, experiences, facts and photographs to help build a bigger picture of these monuments of Victorian engineering and eccentricity. You can see the submissions here.


The exhibition was produced in collaboration with Flowers Gallery and made possible with the kind support of the Arts Council England and Spectrum Photographic and Dyson Art.

To see more of Simon’s work, please visit: www.simoncroberts.com

KEY: white circle = pier & black square = venue