It's showtime: Blackpool's first museum celebrates the town’s rich entertainment heritage

It's showtime: Blackpool's first museum celebrates the town’s rich entertainment heritage

Young children are sat on colourful seating inside the museum, while others are stood on the stairs in the background
Families exploring the new museum. Photo: Hufton and Crow.

Heritage Grants

Date awarded
Location
Talbot
Local Authority
Blackpool
Applicant
Blackpool Council
Award Given
£5423495
The brand-new museum Showtown leads the way in the cultural regeneration of the UK’s first mass seaside resort.

Situated close to the iconic Blackpool Tower, the new museum will showcase the town’s unique social history and its role in the development of British popular entertainment.

The project has created six interactive gallery spaces with themed exhibitions that explore Blackpool’s entertainment history: Seaside, Magic, Circus, Illuminations, Shows and Dance.

The glittering history of entertainment in Blackpool is something that we can all be very proud of.

Spencer Phillips, Chair of Blackpool Heritage and Museum Trust

The museum’s collection includes 27 loaned objects from the V&A and rarely-shown items from performers. This includes Peter Kay’s purple suit that was worn by the comedian in the video for the 2005 Comic Relief single ‘(Is this the way to) Amarillo.’

In each gallery, audio-visual displays have been installed where the words of entertainers can be heard as they give behind-the-scenes hints and tips of life in show business.

Spencer Phillips, Chair of Blackpool Heritage and Museum Trust, said: “The glittering history of entertainment in Blackpool is something that we can all be very proud of. This project has been created to honour the legacy of the performers that have gone before and to inspire those who wish to become stars in the future.”

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