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Memories are made of this

A member of the Blackpool Museum team talks to members of the public about their experiences of Blackpool

Whatever your favourite memory of Blackpool is, the Blackpool Museum project want to hear from you. Everybody has their favourite memory of growing up, living in or visiting Blackpool. For some people it might be sideshows and rollercoasters, for others it’s eating fish and chips out of newspaper or spending the day on the beach. Did you meet your first love at a dance or in a nightclub?

Did you move to Blackpool later in life to run a guesthouse? Or is your tale about Britain’s most popular seaside resort something completely different?

The team behind the proposed museum are keen to record a variety of personal experiences and build an archive of real-life stories which could feature in the Museum collection.

Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, Cllr Gillian Campbell, said: “Everyone who has been to Blackpool will have a special memory or a tale to tell; whether that’s riding a rollercoaster or eating an ice cream on the beach or something completely different.

“What we’re looking for are the best stories that really tell the story of the town and sum up its special place in British culture. “I would urge people to get in touch know and let us know what Blackpool means to them and why.”

Blackpool Council, thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) investment, is currently developing a Museum to tell the story of the town as the first working class seaside holiday resort in the world, capturing the entertainment industry which made Blackpool so popular.

It will tell the extraordinary story of Blackpool in a lively, interactive and fun way, exploring the entertainment history, how the landscape has developed, its pioneering spirit and all things seaside.

As well as telling the big stories about the Tower, Illuminations and its entertainment history we would like to feature people’s stories about growing up in and living in Blackpool.

The Museum project team would like to find out:

  • What was it like growing up in Blackpool?
  • What jobs did you and your parents do?
  • What is your experience of living in Blackpool?

If you have memories to share or photographs and postcards of Blackpool from years gone by, please come along and tell them your story.

Join the museum team in St. Johns Square on Armed Forces Day, Saturday 27 June, 10.30am – 1pm.

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Fiona Walmsley-Collins

    A short film about growing up in Blackpool
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDuvIrD3REk&feature=related

    I also have a short about the engineering works on the promenade when it was redesigned.

    Work wise I did everything you can think of related to Blackpool and spent 4/5 summers on the Golden Mile all in different roles.

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