A Victorian photograph of holidaymakers at Scarborough is to feature on an ITV programme about Britain’s best views next month.

The rare image, by an unknown photographer, forms part of Rory Bremner’s Great British Views on Wednesday 8 May, when the presenter visits Scarborough.

The picture shows the South Bay thronged with boats, and a family making sandcastles in the foreground. It will be shown in the second half of the programme.

Joanna Lewis of Shiver TV, the production company behind Rory Bremner’s Great British Views, says, “The photo comes up as he’s talking about how Scarborough became a well-known holiday resort in the UK for Victorian holidaymakers after the railways were built.”

The Victorian photograph of Scarborough

The Victorian photograph of Scarborough

Scarborough Museums Trust Head of Collections Karen Snowden said, “This is a wonderful picture showing a Scarborough long gone – we were delighted to lend it to Shiver TV for this great series.”

Rory Bremner’s Great British Views can be seen on ITV at 2pm each weekday until 10 May. It follows the impressionist, satirist, and writer on a personal tour of the British Isles celebrating sweeping vistas of the rolling countryside, dramatic coastlines, historic buildings and architectural cityscapes.

Along the way, Rory immerses himself in the local culture finding out how the landscape is used today, learning about its surprising history and heritage, and its charming past and present inhabitants. He also unveils other vistas in the region, discovering plenty of unfamiliar facts about Britain and revealing the places that are close to his own heart.

The Scarborough Collections is the name given to all the museum objects acquired by the Borough of Scarborough over the years, now in the care of Scarborough Museums Trust. They are used by researchers including professional and amateur academics, freelance writers, television production companies and students studying art, costume design, geology, history and tourism.

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