Julie Baxter, SMT’s assistant operations manager, in Scarborough Art Gallery with a selection of posters.

Julie Baxter, SMT’s assistant operations manager, in Scarborough Art Gallery with a selection of posters.

Sporty and sophisticated, racy and romantic – Scarborough has had to be many things to many people over the years to attract a regular influx of tourists. Now, a major exhibition exploring all those different identities through the art and posters of the time opens at the town’s Art Gallery next month.

Last Stop Scarborough includes hugely popular railway and corporation posters and rarely seen watercolours of Victorian Scarborough. It explores Scarborough’s place in history as the first seaside resort and will cover popular themes such as the coming of the railways, the beneficial qualities of sea bathing and the saucy seaside postcard, as well as some of the hidden stories of life in a major seaside resort.

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Also on show will be various tourism-related items from the Scarborough Collections, the name given to all the objects collected by the borough over the years.

Scarborough Museums Trust chief executive Debbie Seymour said, “Tourism has always been central to the economy of Scarborough, and as the world’s first seaside resort, the town is equally important to the history of tourism globally.

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“Our important collection of posters includes some which are stylish and some which are amusing – but all are vibrant and fascinating, and reflect the multi-faceted character of the town.”Last Stop Scarborough can be seen at Scarborough Art Gallery from Saturday 6 July until Sunday 5 January 2014. The Gallery is open from 10am-5pm every day except Monday (open Bank Holidays).

Scarborough is featured in July’s edition of Dalesman magazine, on sale later this month.

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