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Photos on the Prom

Recent visitors to Blackpool Promenade, found themselves drawn to a strange and unfamiliar contraption that had appeared on the Comedy Carpet. On closer inspection, people realised it was one of the ‘old style’ cameras, like they used in the ‘old days’. But this was no money-making gimmick, devised to entice the visitors to part [...]

“I love Blackpool”

Memories of Blackpool by Karen Brakenridge, Volunteer Assistant at Manchester Museum The picture of Patrick and Annie Prescott, My Mam and Dad. They are on their Honeymoon in 1949.It wasn’t long until their family expanded, five years later my brother Kevin was born followed by my sister Glenys. Then nine years later my brother Clive [...]

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. Image of Bispham Court, owned by Tom [...]

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 [...]

Winter Gardens Open Day

Share your memories of working at the Winter Gardens   Blackpool Museum Project is looking to speak with people who have worked at the Winter Gardens and Blackpool Tower at an open day on Sunday 29 January. Did you or your family work the lights on musicals? Was it your job to sell the tickets? [...]

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 [...]

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