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? The team behind the proposed museum project are keen to record a variety of personal experiences and build an archive of real-life stories from the past.

Everyone is welcome to share their memories of working for the Tower Company at both the Winter Gardens and Blackpool Tower over the last 150 years including circus staff, stickmen, backstage, in the offices and ticket sales.

Blackpool Council, the Winter Gardens Trust and Blackpool Entertainment Company Limited will again throw open the world famous Winter Garden’s doors on Sunday 29 January, from 11am to 3pm, to an exclusive access all areas event.

You will have the rare opportunity to explore this Grade II listed building free of charge; visit backstage of the Opera House, tread the boards that so many famous faces have previously walked on, visit the backstage dressing rooms and get up-close to the historic Wurlitzer theatre organ.

The open day will give the general public the chance to explore and learn of the extensive history of the building after more than a century. The grandeur of the Empress Ballroom will be free to explore whilst the often overlooked Spanish Suites will offer a unique insight into Blackpool’s largest entertainment venue.

The team behind the proposed Blackpool Museum and several of our volunteers will be present at the open day, located in the Horseshoe and Pavilion Theatre to record your memories of working in the two venues.

We will also have the wonderfully talented Fylde Ukulele Network playing their fun and lively music next to the Morecambe and Wise statue in the rotunda. The Museum have also invited North West Film Archive to show Over the Garden Wall from the Mancunian film collection,  a 1950 British comedy film starring Norman Evans, whose sixth Blackpool summer season was Over the Garden Wall at the Winter Gardens Pavilion in 1951.

We will also be displaying the revised Museum plans and our team will be on hand to talk about the designs.

More information about the open day: Winter Gardens