The Blackpool Museum Project has been awarded a £4 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, marking the final piece in a £13 million funding jigsaw that will see the project become a reality.
The Blackpool Museum Project will celebrate Blackpool as the UK’s most popular seaside destination and its role in the development of British popular culture. Located in the Sands Building on the Promenade, it will be a hybrid between museum and visitor attraction, capturing the spirit of the famous seaside town.
Visitors will be able to discover more about Blackpool’s links with dance, comedy, live variety, illumination, circus and sideshows.
They will also have the opportunity to get up close with the entertainers who put Blackpool on the map – the comedians, dancers, acrobats, performers and larger-than-life characters who turned a seaside resort into the self-proclaimed world capital of show business.
Buttress is working with exhibition designers, Casson Mann, to develop the proposals for the new museum.
Neal Charlton, Director, said: “We have worked closely with Blackpool Council for a number of years to make this project a reality, so we are delighted that the project has secured this final piece of funding.
"Our proposals will see the creation of a dynamic, celebratory space that captures Blackpool’s unique spirit, and we look forward to working with the council and the wider team to deliver this new, exciting attraction to the town."
In partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum London and private owners, it will display, collect, research and celebrate collections of artefacts related to popular entertainment.
The museum is expected to open in 2021.
Image credit: Casson Mann