Blackpool Museum Project involves the creation of a new museum for Blackpool. It was awarded a round one pass by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in May 2014. Design services are now required to develop the scheme for a round two submission to the HLF in December 2016.
The project draws together the nationally significant historic collections and places them in the Blackpool Winter Gardens, the earliest, most ambitious and most complete Victorian entertainment complex in the country.
Blackpool was the first mass seaside resort created for the working class in the world. It has an internationally important history. Indeed Blackpool remains the byword for the seaside holiday worldwide. It has a unique place in the development of British Popular Culture, but nowhere is this fascinating story told. Blackpool Council has set out to create a brand new Museum for Blackpool which will bring together the heritage, artefacts, stories and memories which together tell the local, national and international Blackpool Story. The Museum will be based in the in the Pavilion Theatre within the Blackpool Winter Gardens.
Blackpool Museum will tell ‘The Blackpool Story‘- the extraordinary story of a seaside town that became the word’s first working class tourism destination, and the UK’s most popular entertainment venue.
In February 2016, Curiosity Creative delivered some training and workshop facilitation for Blackpool Museum Project to collect some digital stories to support the development of the Project and to generate content that records and celebrate the diverse and rich heritage of Blackpool.
We delivered a 2 day training workshop with 10 volunteers and staff from Blackpool Museum project. Curiosity Creative then provided workshop support to the new trainees to collect and record personal stories from their story contributors that reflected some of the history and heritage of Blackpool.