Academic Panel

The purpose of the panel is to advise on the development of Blackpool Museum which will explore the history of the world’s first mass seaside resort and its contribution to British popular entertainment.

The initial role of the panel will be:

  • to support the development of the museum and its content
  • to provide a sounding board for controversial matters
  • to identify any omissions or errors
  • to support the understanding and development of Blackpool’s heritage and/or collections
  • to give guidance on current research and thinking regarding proposed content
  • be advocates for the museum project

Panel Members

Simon Sladen

Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Performance, V&A Museum, founder of TAPRA and Panto Day. Specialism: Popular performance

Dr Anya Chapman

Senior Lecturer, School of Tourism, University of Bournemouth and secretary of the National Piers Society. Specialism: Seaside heritage

Professor Peter Walton

Emeritus Professor of the Department of Accounting and Finance, the Open University Business School. Specialism: Blackpool Tower

Dr Oliver Double

Deputy Head of the School of Arts, University of Kent, reader in Drama and Theatre. Specialism: Popular performance

Professor Vanessa Toulmin

Director of City & Cultural Engagement, University of Sheffield.  Research Director National Circus and Fairground Archive. Specialism: Circus and popular entertainment

Professor Theresa Buckland

Director of the Centre for Dance Research at Roehampton University, London. Specialism: Dance

Dr Chris. P. Lee

Formerly course leader in film studies and senior lecturer at the University of Salford. Musician and broadcaster. Specialism: Film, music, popular entertainment including Northern comedians.

Alan Brodie

Senior Investigator, Historic England. Specialism: Seaside heritage, resorts and architecture.

Dr Robert Snape

Senior Lecturer in Leisure and Sport at the University of Bolton and head of the Centre for Worktown Studies. Specialism: Seaside holidays and leisure plus Mass Observation Archive.