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The National Piers Society (NPS) is a registered charity in the United Kingdom dedicated to promoting and sustaining interest in the preservation and continued enjoyment of seaside piers.
It was founded in 1979, with Sir John Betjeman as the first Honorary President. Currently the role is filled by Gavin Henderson CBE, Principal of the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, with Tim Mickleburgh (Chair 1995-2003) as Honorary Vice President. The NPS became a registered charity in 1999, and as a society publishes a quarterly magazine. The society also lobbies heritage bodies, lottery boards, local authorities and the media on pier issues. In 2014 it worked with English Heritage to bring out "British Seaside Piers".
The Annual General Meeting takes place at a different resort each year. In addition to establishing regional branches, the society is working to create a National Piers Museum.
The NPS maintains links with the relevant trade association, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions, and the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS)
TO PROTECT THE HISTORIC BUILT ENVIRONMENT
is some ambiguity where "At Risk" piers are being
listed on the NPS website as being in good condition, when
Historic England has them listed as being "At Risk".
If a structure is at risk for because a part of the building
is missing, for example Eastbourne
Pier, then it should not be rated as being in good
condition, for that description is misleading.
OF THE YEAR AWARD
Since 1996 the society
has presented an annual Pier of the Year award. Past awards
have been given to:
Palace Pier 1998.
Grand Pier 2001
North Pier 2004
Grand Pier 2011
society also presents a triennial award for engineering
excellence, the Peter Mason Award named after a past Chairman.
In 2005, a limited
company - The National Piers Society Ltd. - was created as the
NPS trading arm.
TRAGEDY - It made many people weep to see this icon
reduced to a pile of scrap steel. The problem with steel in
fires is that the rolled girders twist and distort, making it
impossible to repair. The only way is to take it down and
The NATIONAL PIERS SOCIETY LIMITED was successfully incorporated on 12 July 2005 at Companies House as a Private Company limited by Guarantee. Charitable status was awarded to the new Company by the Charities Commission on 12 September 2005. The new Registered Charity Number is 1111251. The newly incorporated Charity is being registered as a Company in England in Wales, Company Number 5506251.
ANOTHER ONE - What is it with piers and fires
PIER SOCIETY CONTACTS
General Enquiries: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONAL PIERS SOCIETY LIMITED
24 WRINGTON MEAD
CLOSURE - The
RESORTS AND DESTINATIONS ASSOCIATION (BRADA)
- The British Resorts and Destinations
Association website is designed as a one stop
shop providing a wealth of information on many
of the UK's most popular built and rural
inland and coastal destinations.
Blue Glass has been free blown in Bristol
since the 18th century. The Bristol Blue Glass
Company provided the beautiful engraved plate
for the National Piers Society's Outstanding
Achievement Award presented to
Weston-Super-Mare Grand Pier.
CONSERVATION - The Building
Conservation website provides a wide variety
of information for the conservation,
restoration and repair of historic buildings
Treasures is building the world’s most
comprehensive guide to movie theaters to help
celebrate and preserve the moviegoing
experience.Their database includes over 34,000
movie theaters from the United States, United
Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and dozens of
other countries around the world.
ENGINEERING - This link to the
website of the Civil Engineer Library contains
a series of technical works by Vincent T. H.
Chu, including information on the construction
of piers and marine structures.
MAGAZINE - Coast magazine is the ideal
publication for everyone whose heart is by the
sea. It brings along a large amount of
coverage of the sea and coastal life and
ADAMSON PRESERVATION SOCIETY - The DANIEL
ADAMSON is a significant historic vessel being
constructed as a tug – tender having the
capability to both perform towage duties as
well as carrying passengers. She is one of
only two surviving tug tenders in the U.K. and
the only surviving steam powered tug tender.
BRITAIN - Developed by the Royal
Geographical Society, Discovering Britain is
an exciting series of geographically-themed
walks across the country that aim to inspire
everyone to explore and learn more about the
way the forces of nature, people, events and
the economy have created the Britain of today.
HERITAGE - English Heritage is the
Government's statutory adviser on the historic
environment. English Heritage exists to
protect and promote England's spectacular
historic environment and ensure that its past
is researched and understood.
HERITAGE ALLIANCE - The Heritage Alliance
is the biggest alliance of non-Government
heritage interests in the UK. It represents
non-Government organisations from larger
bodies such as the National Trust, to many
smaller organisations. The National Piers
Society is a member.
HERITAGE TRAIL - The Heritage Trail is an
independent historical website that has been
established for many years, showcasing a
diverse range of historical sites and
monuments, including many of Britain's seaside
BOOKS - Joyland Books is a family-run
bookstore, specialising in the sale of books
about amusement parks, roller coasters,
fairgrounds and circuses, plus seaside
attractions including, of course, seaside
CONSERVATION SOCIETY (MCS) - MCS champions
marine wildlife protection, sustainable
fisheries and clean seas and beaches via
campaigns such as the introduction of Marine
Reserves, the Good Fish Guide on sustainable
seafood choices and the Beachwatch initiative
to clean our beaches of litter. .
MEDWAY QUEEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY - The
Medway Queen Preservation Society was
established in 1987 to restore and preserved
the 1924 build paddle steamer Medway Queen;
she is the Heroine of Dunkirk, rescuing some
7,000 men. The ship has been re-built in
Bristol, and is fitting out at Gillingham
pier, River Medway, Kent.
WALMINGTON MODEL PIER - A few British
seaside piers had a railway or tramway on them
including of course the well known one at
Southend-on-Sea. This layout represents a
fictitious small pier tramway of the Edwardian
times to give a period flavour of a seaside
pier and its tramway.
THEATRES MAGAZINE - OLD THEATRES is a
magazine produced by and for theatre devotees
throughout Britain under the Patronage of Ken
Dodd OBE and other theatre personalities. It
is rapidly developing a cult following, not
only within Britain but from theatre devotees
UK PHOTOS - An archive of old photos of
the United Kingdom of Great Britain, including
England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the rest of
the British Isles, and the Republic of Ireland
(which of course is not in the United
STEAMER HERITAGE - The Paddle Steamer
Preservation Society Collection is the largest
and most complete archive of material relating
to paddle and pleasure steamers in the UK.
STEAMER PRESERVATION SOCIETY - This is
Britain's longest established, largest and
most successful steamship preservation group.
Through its associated charitable and
non-profit distributing companies, the Society
operates Britain's only two working paddle
steamers, Waverley and Kingswear Castle, plus
the MV Balmoral.
ARCADE - A fascinating website dedicated
to the old penny amusement machines and end of
the pier arcades of yesteryear. The site
contains a fascinating range of pictures and
videos of these once essential elements of
many seaside piers with detailed explanations
of how they work.
& JUDY AT THE SEASIDE - There is a
long tradition, in Britain, associating the
Punch & Judy Show with the seaside:
coastal holiday resorts to which the whole
population would flock during the Summer
- The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at
sea. They are volunteers across the UK and the
Republic of Ireland who provide 24-hour
lifeboats and seasonal lifeguards dedicated to
saving lives at sea.
(UK) - Salvo provides a directory of
architectural/demolition salvage which
occasionally includes items salvaged from
piers. Salvo also aims to increase
appreciation and awareness of historical
crafts skills and manufacture, and to help
reduce the amount of salvageable materials
from old buildings and gardens going to
BRITAIN'S HERITAGE - A strong, independent
voice in conservation, formed in 1975 by a
group of architects, journalists and planners,
campaigning for threatened historic buildings
and the historic environment.
HISTORY - This site is all about the
British Seaside Holiday and has sections about
lidos, holiday camps, piers, hotels, camping,
sun bathing and the history of the British
THEATRES TRUST - The Theatres Trust is the
National Advisory Public Body for Theatres,
protecting theatres for everyone. The Trust
operates nationally in England, Wales,
Scotland and Northern Ireland promoting the
value of theatre buildings and championing
HOUSE - Trinity House is the charitable
organisation dedicated to the safety, welfare
and training of mariners and is the General
Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the
Channel Islands and Gibraltar.
VICTORIAN SEASIDE (BBC HISTORY) - A BBC
History essay by Professor John Walton on 'The
Victorian seaside: a refuge from the stresses
of everyday life, or an environment demanding
the keeping up of appearances and expensive
VICTORIAN SOCIETY - Victorian and
Edwardian buildings are irreplaceable,
cherished, diverse, beautiful, familiar and
part of our everyday life. The Victorian
Society is the champion for these buildings.
SPIRIT - Vintage Spirit is the UK's
fastest-growing steam and vintage magazine,
featuring all the latest from the preservation
world each month.
SEA FISHING - People from across the world
visit the picturesque town of Whitby based at
the mouth of the river Esk every year. The
town has a timeless dimension about its old