Lonely Planet Writer

Nice is seeking visitors' photographs of the Casinos de Jetee-Promenade for an exhibition

If you have some old holiday snaps or memorabilia of Nice in your attic, you may be able to contribute them to a forthcoming French exhibition. Old family photographs taken at the Casinos de Jetée-Promenade are being sought as well as souvenirs from the complex, which included a coffee shop, reading rooms and a theatre hall.

The beach and Port of Nice and Chateau Hill, Cote D’Azur, France. Image by elmvilla/Getty Images

The promenade was opened in 1883 and destroyed by German troops in 1944 during WWII, but prior to that, it was a favourite among visitors to the area in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. The Ville de Nice, Musée d’Archéologie and the archaeological department of the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur are now planning to feature it in an exhibition that will run from June to November 2018.  They have searched through their own files for photographs and video footage, and are now appealing to the public to see if they have anything they can contribute from their own family archives.  They are also hoping to meet and interview those who have personal memories of the Casinos de Jetée-Promenade.

Jetee-Promenade casino destroyed by fire April 4, 1882, Nice, France, illustration from the weekly Rivista Illustrata (Illustrated Magazine), No 223, April 8, 1883. Image by De Agostini / Biblioteca Ambrosiana/Getty Images

The deadline for photo submission is 1 April 2018, and all documents selected will be returned to their owners at the end of the exhibition. For further information, email here.