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Museum has a big year in the planning

Fleetwood Museum

Fleetwood Museum

Bosses at one of Fleetwood’s biggest attractions have revealed plans for its most ambitious year yet – after securing two new exhibitions expected to give the town a major visitor boost.

Preparations are gathering pace for Fleetwood Museum’s re-opening on April 1, and thousands of people are expected to come to the port to look at the new displays.

Next month will see the launch of an exhibition on the Romans, previously on display in Preston, that is hoped will be a hit with customers, with a second new exhibition later in the year. It is hoped more than 14,000 people will visit the attraction in 2014, smashing last year’s figures.

Museum trustee Dick Gillingham said: “Obviously Fleetwood and the Fylde coast have links to the Romans – several hoards have been found in the area.

“The Romans were definitely in the Fleetwood area and a few items have been found. They were also over at Knott End. It is a series of illustrations of Roman soldiers and how they changed during the development of the Roman army.”

The Sons of Mars exhibition, which will make its way around Lancashire over the course of the year, features drawing by archaeological illustrator Graham Sumner.

Another new exhibition at the museum, on Queens Terrace, looking at the Lancaster Canal will arrive later in the year.

Museum manager Lynn Asghar said: “Hopefully we can get a few more people in (than last year).”

She added: “There is an exhibition space that has been sorted out for these displays.

“We get an average of 14,000 people each year – about 2,000 are school children – and that is a target we are hoping to repeat. Hopefully we can get a few more than that. We are actually having two new exhibitions this year, which is quite good for us, and we are putting on a number of events during the year.”

Mr Gillingham said he also hoped that Fleetwood’s involvement in Britain in Bloom this year, for the first time in 10 years, could be a boost to the town, with the museum getting involved by sprucing up its floral displays.

He added: “We are hoping to make more of the displays outside and hopefully that will attract people as they are walking past.

“We have also got a number of events relating to the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War later this year.”

Margaret Daniels, chairman of Fleetwood Civic Society, said: “This should be good for Fleetwood. We just need people to come into the town and the more we can shout about it, the more people we will have.

“It’s important we call work together to promote Fleetwood.”

The Sons of Mars exhibition opens on April 19 and will run until July 12. Water Link: The Lancaster Canal, Past, Present and Future will be on display from July 19 until November 2.

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