Blackpool Museum Project will:

  • Create one brand-new high-quality distinctive cultural offer (visitor attraction) – and Blackpool’s only museum
  • Tell the Blackpool story through 1500m2 of themed displays designed to appeal to a broad range of visitors including non-traditional museum audiences and have opportunities to update and animate the offer
  • 2300m2 of new public realm on Adelaide Street
  • Conserve and repair the Grade II* Pavilion in the Winter Gardens, once again revealing its original façade by creating a new public domain with direct access, providing efficient delivery of exhibits, dedicated groups entrance and evening access for all
  • Create 1600m2 new visitor facilities (in basement areas previously inaccessible to the public) including a 120-seat auditorium and 100m2 activity room, providing dedicated learning and performance spaces, toilets and associated facilities for the community throughout the year, featuring innovative and entertaining public programmes
  • Provide a 200m2 temporary exhibition gallery alongside the learning spaces that will host a range of temporary and touring displays about local themes and popular culture, developing audiences, exploring stories and bringing new displays to Blackpool
  • Conserve, display and interpret more than 800 objects, many of which will be on public display for the first time
  • Develop and sustain partnerships with major national institutions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and EMI Group Archive Trust  – for loan collections, research, programmes and exhibition development; revealing rarely seen objects and stories
  • Establish national and international performers’ networks to bring together past and present performers to record and celebrate entertainment heritage, share skills and encourage a renaissance in variety.
  • Create a sustainable future for Blackpool’s amazing significant collections by improving access and management, adding skills, knowledge and resources to their care, as well as raising their profile on a national stage
  • Merge Museum and Heritage Services to provide a single integrated service maximising the financial benefits to create a sustainable business model
  • Create a town centre focus for heritage in Blackpool
  • Attract 270,000 visits/210,000 visitors from 197,000 paying visitors and 13,000 free residents annually
  • Provide free entry for Blackpool residents, many of whom live in areas of acute deprivation, helping to develop their ownership of the Museum and increasing their access to cultural activities
  • Involve 60,000 people in our participatory and transformational performance activities through the delivery of the Activity plan
  • Develop a dedicated school’s learning programme reaching over 7000 school children each year
  • Create 20 training opportunities per year: for staff, volunteer work placements, undergraduate and postgraduate internships, as well as two new apprenticeships
  • Provide 2000 hours of volunteering opportunities each year
  • Establish a viable business supported by Council with a £2m annual turnover
  • Create 40 FTE new museum jobs, and bring 372 new jobs to the Lancashire region
  • Generate 22,000 new ‘staying’ visitors to Blackpool
  • Create a £12.3m economic benefit to Blackpool and net GVA to Lancashire of £6.76 million annually
  • Generate civic pride and involve genuine community engagement
  • Be transformational both in its process and outcomes.