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Heritage boost for coastal towns

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:20 05 July 2010

The Electric Picture Palace in Southwold was an apt location yesterday for discussions about how heritage can help coastal towns boost tourism and economic regeneration.

The Electric Picture Palace in Southwold was an apt location yesterday for discussions about how heritage can help coastal towns boost tourism and economic regeneration.

There were many fine examples in the town to cast an eye over for the experts who met up yesterday.

Sea Change - Examining the Regeneration Strategies of England's coastal resorts, used such examples to encourage debate about what “culture-led regeneration” could mean for coastal towns in the East of England.

Speakers from a number of agencies, such as English Heritage and Visit Britain, included the architect of Southwold's picture palace.

The group examined the work that East of England Development Agency is doing to progress coastal regeneration in the region and heard about CABE's Sea Change funding which aims to use culture to make a difference. The programme places culture at the heart of regenerating England's seaside resorts by investing in arts, public spaces, cultural assets and heritage projects.

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