Composer Peter Falconer

The Archivist

My name is Dr Peter Falconer. I am a composer originally from Seaton Carew in North East England.  
You have just been exploring the result of my PhD Music Composition project
(University of Southampton, supervised by Dr Matthew Shlomowitz & Dr Drew Crawford).  

Most of what you have read and heard is completely imaginary. 

But just because it's imaginary, that doesn't mean it's not real.

Ethical Note:

I have appropriated some recordings and images of real people.  If you recognise yourself in any of these artefacts and would like to be removed, for whatever reason, please do not hesitate to contact me through the contact page.

Seaton Snook was essentially a part of Seaton Carew - the dunes, the common, and the marshlands in between the main village and the industrial site of the Zinc Works and Copper Smelting factories by the North bank of the Tees.  There was a small community of fishermen's huts, houseboats, and a handful of houses built for the Zinc factory workers.  There was a tin mission hut and, for a few years, a small school.  A comprehensive history of this community was written by former Zinc Works employee Arthur Glendenning (c1937-2015), and his papers can be found at Hartlepool Central Library.  I am immensely indebted to his work.  I would also like to thank Sue Garrington of Hartlepool Library Services for her expertise, and the remarkable Isobel Lee, whose recollections of holidays on the Snooks were one of the things that kicked this whole project off. 

I am a composer.  I am not a historian.  
My intention was to create something that drew on both fact and fiction in such a way as to blur the two.  It was not in the slightest bit my intention to mock or devalue the lives of the real people who lived at Seaton Snook. 

I hope you have enjoyed your visit, and I would love to hear your thoughts on the project as it continues to grow.

It costs money to keep going, and an artist gotta eat - if you enjoyed looking through the archive, please consider buying me the price of a cup of tea HERE!

For more of my work, please visit my website at