Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Centre provided an excellent range of accommodation not only in the Congress Theatre for the Stereo Theatre with raked seating ensuring optimal views for everyone in the audience, but also for the Showroom (with vendors demonstratrators and workshops) and the Banquet .
In the Theatre there were about 60 shows from nearly 50 presenters using RBT format projection with 400 watt RBT projectors, 2 x 50 x 50 projection using extra bright Kodak Ektalite projectors and, for the first time, the Theatre was also equipped with a pair of Infocus LP530 projectors for a wide range of digital presentations (1024 x 768 XGA resolution).
In the Showroom a multitude of stereoscopic and stereoscopy related items were shown.
The Floral Hall provided a truly splendid setting for the Gala Banquet and Dance hosted by the Worshipful, the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Graham Marsden.
Eastbourne, itself, is England's most elegant seaside resort, with a mild climate thanks to its position on the sheltered and sunny South Coast, and for most of the Congress the weather was glorious!
Eastbourne started to become a fashionable holiday centre in 1780, when King George III sent his four children there, but it was not until 1851 that the chief land-owner, the Duke of Devonshire, began to develop it in earnest. Today, the parades along the sea front can vie with those of Nice as an example of Nineteenth Century opulence and grandeur. The Grand Parade was constructed in 1860, with three tiers of promenades. Originally, these were said to reflect the social divisions in society: the wealthy strolled along the top; ordinary visitors in the middle, and the poor on the lower deck. The tiers were popularly known as "the world, the flesh and the devil". Needless to say, these divisions no longer apply!
Major points of traditional holiday interest in Eastbourne are the Victorian pier, now the finest surviving example of its type in the country; the magnificent open-air seafront bandstand, with daily concerts in the summer; and the famous carpet gardens with over 30,000 flowers in each planting scheme. There are many places of entertainment, in and around the pleasure grounds known as Devonshire Park.
Just to the east is Beachy Head which, at 160 metres / 530 feet, is the highest chalk sea cliff in England. The panoramic views on a clear day extend to the Isle of Wight in one direction and Dungeness in the other - a total distance of over a hundred miles! And if you look down, there is the famous lighthouse.
Just along from Beachy Head, Birling Gap marks the start of the Seven Sisters - a series of seven valleys and hills ending in cliffs sheer to the sea. Cuckmere Haven at the far end is the only undeveloped river outlet left on the South Coast. This was the setting for another innovation at the Congress - a walk which was led by Jan Burandt, Editor of Stereoscopy and Kathy Day, an experienced hill walker and stereo photographer. This proved to be a particularly rewarding experience for the participants.
Further up the Cuckmere Valley is the lovely village of Alfriston with many quaint pubs and tea rooms and the National Trust bought its first property here - the 14th century thatched Clergy House
For those wishing to explore by car, the area is rich in castles (Arundel, Bodiam etc), gardens (Nymans, Batemans, Scotney Castle, Sheffield Park etc), historic towns (Rye, Brighton, Hastings, Lewes etc) all set in the glorious English countryside!