Blackpool’s Treasure Trove is a two year project which has brought people together by exploring Blackpool’s entertainment industry from 1950s to the present day. We have discovered the stories of local people and linked them to the fabulous Blackpool collections, such as the Tower, The Grand, The Winter Gardens and the Cyril Critchlow Collection. The entertainment industry has been pivotal in allowing Blackpool to remain one of the most popular seaside resorts, which over the years has attracted many big stars. This project has enabled Blackpool residents to engage with and investigate the entertainment heritage, and bring it to life!
This year we worked with three adult community groups, collaborating with creative professionals. Our professionals supported the groups in the exploration of the collections, as well as establishing and developing ideas. This has resulted in something wonderful, sustainable and educational that can be enjoyed by others for years to come – seven pop-up museums. The pop-up museums provide a platform to show case some of Blackpool’s wonderful hidden treasures. The groups also have had the opportunity to visit local places of interest, museums and historic sites, with the chance to receive training throughout the project with accredited learning.
Last year, the Treasure Trove project was completed with young people’s groups. Please look through our blog archives to see the fantastic pop-up museums created by these groups. We are currently in the process of creating resources for schools to accompany these wonderfully interactive and educational pieces.
If you would like to borrow one of our seven pop-up museums please do not hesitate to contact the Community Heritage Team on 01253 301004.
Follow our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on the project and photos from our fabulous archives! Please take a look on our YouTube channel for our video summary and adverts for the young people’s project completed last year.
Blackpool’s Treasure Trove is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Blackpool Council and supported by the Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde.