Launch and Celebration Event 23/07/15

Last Thursday, we launched three more pop up museums created by local adult community groups and regional artists. Since January, we have been documenting our groups’ creative journeys, recording each artist session here on the blog. Our participants have put in so much time and effort, producing very diverse ideas along the way, which have resulted in three very unique pop up museums.

‘Only in Blackpool’ by Blackpool Embroiderers’ Guild and Costumologists

Only in Blackpool explores the Blackpool Tower and it’s entertainment heritage from 1950 onwards. The museum’s main structure is the Tower itself, surrounded by a variety of visuals symbolising it’s history. This includes the roof top garden, the circus and the more controversial history including an escapologist who married his partner suspended 400 ft off the Tower in 1985. The pop up museum captures embroidery and textiles with it’s beautiful sewn panels depicting the circus created by Costumologists and it’s beautifully embroidered flags, made by the members of the Embroiderers’ Guild. The pop up museum interprets the entertainment heritage unique to Blackpool Tower and unique to Blackpool, aptly titled ‘Only in Blackpool’.

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Only in Blackpool Photograph by Claire Griffiths

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The beautiful detail on the side panels of the pop up museum. Photograph by Claire Griffiths

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More beautiful detail – egg shaped Pauls Photograph by Claire Griffiths

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Elephants on the beach and a wedding on the Tower! Photograph by Claire Griffiths

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The exquisitely embroidered flag, created by the Blackpool Embroiderers’ Guild. Photograph by Claire Griffiths

‘Blackpool Cabinet of Curiosities’ by Blackpool Inspirations and Alastair Price

Blackpool’s entertainment heritage takes many forms. Blackpool Inspirations and Alastair Price chose to explore the very quirky Blackpool, looking at sideshows and some of the eccentric characters Blackpool has been home to. This ranges from the lovable clown Charlie Cairoli to the more risque side show character ‘two tonne Alice’. The museum uses gentle humour to explore Blackpool stars’ lives, deaths and antics and is presented in a wonderful sideshow style cabinet of curiosities. Built to draw the visitor in, the museum is very interactive and wonderfully intriguing.

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Blackpool Cabinet of Curiosities. Photograph by Claire Griffiths

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Lots of things to explore in this pop up museum! Photograph by Claire Griffiths

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Exploring the lives of Blackpool characters… Photograph by Claire Griffiths

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…Including Two Tonne Alice! Photograph by Claire Griffiths

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The cabinet is accompanied by a traditional Blackpool sideshow speiler and his glamorous assistant. Photograph by Claire Griffiths

‘The Game of Blackpool’ by Claremont First Step and Reet So

The fun side of Blackpool is well and truly captured in this entertaining guessing game created by Claremont First Step and Reet So. The game covers a broad spectrum of Blackpool entertainment, from the Illuminations to Punch and Judy. It educates each player, encouraging them to pick up a scratch card and guess what aspect of Blackpool they have been given from the clues provided. The visitor must find their clues by exploring the museum and make their guess before scratching the panel off to reveal if they were correct. The Game of Blackpool is highly interactive with lots of elements thought up by the group, including the themes and the use of charades. The group also contributed to the making of the museum, creating bingo balls and Punch and Judy accessories.

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One half of the Game of Blackpool. Photograph by Claire Griffiths

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Lots of things to explore and play around with! Photograph by Claire Griffiths

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Lots of recognisable faces and objects! Photograph by Claire Griffiths

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A highly interactive pop up museum, guaranteed to enthuse the visitor. Photograph by Claire Griffiths

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Photograph by Claire Griffiths

These three fascinating pop up museums made their first appearance last Thursday. As well as launching the museums, we celebrated the work that has gone into creating them. Before the afternoon public appearance, we hosted a viewing for participants and stakeholders. This was a very successful event where the groups involved had the opportunity to see the outcome of their artist sessions and those linked with the project got to see the pop up museums and learn more about the project.

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Val, a particpant from Claremont First Step with her Punch and Judy creations on ‘The Game of Blackpool’. Photograph by Matthew Wright.

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Emma and Kerry from the Blackpool Museum Project enjoying the Blackpool Cabinet of Curiosities. Photograph by Matthew Wright.

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The museums are very appealing to the younger audience as well as the older. Photograph by Matthew Wright.

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Members of Blackpool inspirations with their pop up museum. Photograph by Matthew Wright.

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Blackpool Museum Curator, Emma and our Community Heritage Assistant, Beth enjoying the Charlie Cairoli and Paul glove puppets, part of Only in Blackpool. Photograph by Matthew Wright.

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Alastair Price explaining the gadgets on the Cabinet of Curiosities to it’s visitors. Photograph by Matthew Wright.

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Janet, one of the participants from Blackpool Embroiderers’ Guild turning the gold dancers on the Wurlitzer automata. Photograph by Matthew Wright.

Our new pop up museums will be ‘popping up’ in the next few months at various events and venues. Our next event is the Museum in the Making event for the Blackpool Museum Project. This will be taking place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th August, 11am – 4pm in the Horseshoe and Pavilion Theatre at The Winter Gardens.

Thank you to photographer Claire Griffiths and photographer and Heritage Champion Matthew Wright for the use of their images.

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