Mini-museums to ‘pop-up’ in resort

Pop up museum at Winter Gardens. Photo: Claire Griffiths

Pop up museum at Winter Gardens. Photo: Claire Griffiths

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Blackpool’s rich heritage is being put on show by mini-museums that have been ‘popping up’ around the resort thanks to a unique community arts project.

History buffs at the Blackpool Treasure Trove project have produced seven of the ‘pop-up museums’ which document the past of the seaside town, which has been a major British tourist destination since railways were introduced to the town in the 1840s.

Now the miniature museums are coming to the famous Winter Gardens at noon today for an exclusive one-day-only historical display.

Beth Garlington, community heritage assistant, said: “The time and effort put into Blackpool’s Treasure Trove by the local groups involved has been incredible.

“Hours of hard work have been put in to create seven unique and entertaining stories illustrating Blackpool’s entertainment heritage.

“The pop-up museums are bound to wow the crowds.”

The two-year-long creative project is funded by the Heritage Lottery and Blackpool Council and aims to get Blackpool residents connected with the history of the town’s booming entertainment industry.

Young people and adults from seven community groups from Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde worked alongside regional artists in creative workshops to help develop the portable museums, which have been ‘popping up’ in North Pier on Blackpool Prom, Blackpool Zoo, Lytham Hall, and various schools across the Fylde coast.

Today will be the first time all seven of the museums are displayed together.

People are invited to come along and learn more about the history that shaped their home town.