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Patio of Fame

The Museum team went to visit Mr Tom Roberts and family at their beautiful home, Bispham Court. We had been told that they had a patio in their garden which had been signed by many of the entertainment stars who had stayed there over the years. Tom, a successful pig farmer, is quite a character [...]

Beside the Seaside; at conference in Scarborough

Last week the Blackpool Museum Project visited Scarborough for the Seaside Heritage Network’s Beside the Seaside conference. The event brought together museums and academics from around the coast, including from across the Irish Sea. There were lots of fantastic speakers, and it was really interesting to compare Blackpool and other British seaside resorts. The [...]

Mindfulness in Museums

As we develop programmes of work with a focus on wellbeing for the Blackpool Museum we thought it would be interesting to share Manchester Art Gallery's mindfulness programme as an example of best practice. Message from Manchester Art Gallery... For the past four years we have been developing mindfulness across our learning programmes and with [...]

Selling Blackpool

David Bownes, poster expert, guides us through 14 historic posters promoting Britain’s premier seaside resort Think of Blackpool and chances are you’ll think of the Tower. Or the piers. Or the Illuminations. Or the Pleasure Beach. Or the Golden Mile, Blackpool Rock, the Winter Gardens and a host of popular entertainments that have made the [...]

Blackpool Variety Celebration Day

Celebrating Variety in Blackpool On Thursday 29th September 2016, Blackpool Museum Project would like you to help us celebrate Blackpool's role in popular British entertainment. The Museum Project is hosting a Variety celebration day. We want to meet Variety performers, based in and around the North West, to help us better understand the world of [...]

Jack Hylton – The Leader of the Band

Chloe Bowerbank explores the story of Jack Hylton, the great British bandleader and impresario. Chloe is a Lancaster University student and has recently completed a research project with the Blackpool Museum Project. All roads lead to Jack Hylton Since I began my research into the entertainers that made Blackpool famous worldwide, one name has cropped up [...]

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