Blackpool Museum held a major public consultation and engagement event, Museum in the Making, which took place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August 2015, in the Horseshoe and Pavilion Theatre, Winter Gardens. This event successfully engaged 4000 people over the two days.

The event was supported by, 30 volunteers, 36 colleagues from our external team and the wider heritage network, 15 freelance practitioners, 62 performers and 13 community groups.

The Museum in the Making Event

Museum in the Making was a two day festival celebrating Blackpool and unveiling the first public plans for a new Blackpool Museum. Visitors to the event were able to get a taster of what the museum could include, comment on the plans, try out interactive challenges and see special performances.

Memories, workshops and performances

• At the event you could comment on the Museum plans, including; the architects plans and ideas for the museum content and stories.
• Sing along to a recreation of a song booth from the promenade, with musician Matt Baker and the Revoe-lution Choir.
• Interactive with performers playing a Blackpool Landlady and Albert Ellis (a famous Phrenologist from the early 1900s).
• Listen to live music from the Fylde Ukulele Band and The Bluebird Big Band.
• Watch dance groups showcase their different styles including Lindy Hop, Ballroom and Contemporary. There were lots of opportunities to take part in demonstrations and workshops, including learning the Blackpool Walk.
• Attend a series of short talks by Blackpool historians and enthusiasts on subjects like; Victorian sideshows, The Grand Theatre, the first Mega Stars and Dr Who in Blackpool.
• See an exhibition of work created by many different community groups including; an animated film, poems about Blackpool guest houses, a giant Blackpool themed monopoly board game, a new song about the Blackpool Carnivals and photographs of the people and historical events behind some of Blackpool’s street names.
• Watch British Pathé films of people dancing in Blackpool and the big bands.
• Watch and listen to several oral history recordings of people’s Blackpool memories.
• Create the tallest, shiniest, softest Towers with artist Nicola Dale.
• Puppet making workshop for the smaller children with Blackpool Council’s Family Learning team.
• Explore some of Blackpool’s amazing collections, with staff and volunteers who helped you understand what makes them so special.
• You could have met Pavi the Lion mascot who roamed around the event and enticed people in.

Museum in the Making feedback

[Blackpool Museum is] going to be a massive success”

“More interactive the better, for everybody”

“I am very, very excited to think that, at last, there’s something going to reflect what has been a huge important part of Blackpool; entertainment, guest houses, holidays”

“It means something to people, it really does” Cllr Peter Callow, Mayor of Blackpool

“Fantastic, it looks absolutely awesome.” Cllr Gillian Blackburn, Deputy Leader