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Wish I Was There
As English seaside resorts must adapt to cope with the loss of their core industry of tourism, and dementia hotspots continue to emerge across the coastline, this project re-stages The Grand Burstin Hotel on Folkestone Harbour as Hotel Folkestone: a home for dementia care at the seaside. In placing themselves as ‘retreats’ from real life, catering to visitors from outside, seaside resorts neglected to care for their own residents. The tourism industry created a low paid and seasonal job market; the landscape of excess created a dysfunctional underbelly that had to support it; and resort’s existence as places to escape to at the ‘end of the line’ contributed to their peripheral existence from political and economic structures that govern the rest of the country. Despite this, there is a persistent nostalgia for the English seaside in the cultural imaginary. Hotel Folkestone employs the collective memory and nostalgia which continues to shape our coastline as a comfort to dementia patients. Now, holidays at Folkestone will never have to end.