Museum Themes

The main exhibition space will be thematic and non-chronological. The displays will be divided into seven nationally significant themes that Blackpool has played a significant role in, plus a Welcome section which will set up the visit, establishing the Museum’s proposition and context, acting as a transition space from the outside world to the exhibition.

Beside the seaside 

The great British seaside holiday: the story of how Blackpool became symbolic of the British seaside holiday both at home and abroad.

How bizarre 

Fun, thrills and escapism: Blackpool capitalised on our desire for fun and escapism by creating experiences that ranged from the breath-taking to the bizarre.

Reach for the sky 

The Blackpool Tower story: The story of how Blackpool created one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks; a tale of high drama and deception, but ultimately success.

Roll up! Roll up! 

A celebration of Blackpool’s international role in circus: Britain is the birth place of the modern circus and Blackpool is home to the internationally significant Tower Circus.

Everybody dance now 

The home of ballroom dance: the chance for a dance has always been one of Blackpool’s biggest attractions. Discover how Blackpool became the spiritual home of ballroom dance and today hosts the biggest international dance festival in the world.

It’s better with the lights on 

The Blackpool Illuminations: in order to extend the season, Blackpool created the Illuminations. It used electric street lighting to create one of the world’s greatest light attractions today.

It’s show time! 

The great British talent show: featuring comedy, music, dance performance, magic and other speciality acts. Blackpool became the northern home of variety; a very British format that grew from music hall and moved from the stage and onto our television screens.