“Personally, I am thrilled to support the project and to see the under utilised areas in the Winter Gardens brought to life again with the ambitious, immersive and innovative displays that are being developed.
To ensure the Pavilion in particular is conserved and receives the repairs it so greatly requires, is a crucial outcome of this project, alongside the opportunities for learning, engagement and civic pride for the people of Blackpool.”
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, television personality
“I’ve been lucky enough to have performed worldwide for over thirty years, but out of all the places I’ve visited, Blackpool remains the most influential on me personally, as well as my work.
Its importance in the story of popular culture and entertainment in the UK is unique and cannot be over-emphasised; it’s actually hard to believe that a museum dedicated to its rich and colourful history doesn’t already exist. I’m look forward to the project with great excitement.”
Paul Zenon – TV Trickster
“Equity members and staff were delighted to see the plans for the Museum Project which will celebrate the rich history of Blackpool’s entertainment scene and also have opportunities for performers to work and to develop their craft and for audiences to enjoy live work.”
Michael Day, London Variety Organiser, Equity
“I am delighted to learn about the Blackpool Museum Project. The need for a museum to celebrate Blackpool’s entertainment history is something I have supported for a long time.”
Tracy Dawson, widow of comedian Les Dawson
“I can’t think of a better place to celebrate the glorious and glamorous world of show business than the Winter Gardens where the new museum is to be based. I have pledged by my portrait to the Museum and produced a digital story film about my career.”
Mark Raffles, Magician
Mark Raffles with his portrait painted by Robert Ormesher