Blackpool museum earns £75,000 grant

Blackpool's planned Showtown Museum, scheduled for opening in 2021, has been awarded £75,000 from the Wolfson Foundation.

The £13m museum will celebrate Blackpool as the UK’s most popular seaside destination and its role in the development of British popular culture.

It will feature six themed spaces; seaside, magic, shows, circus, illuminations and dance and be filled with objects, film, music and performance. The museum will be located within Blackpool’s first five star hotel Sands Venue Resort Hotel, on the Promenade and close by The Blackpool Tower.

Showtown is projected attract about 300,000 local, regional, national and international visits each year, as well as engaging with 7,500 local school children annually and creating around 40 jobs and 20 training placements.

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science, health, education and humanities.

Lin Richardson, deputy chief executive, said: “Blackpool remains a popular UK seaside location which attracts millions of visitors every year. Wolfson is pleased to support this fun and unique museum which will engage and educate locals and visitors of all ages, focussing on both traditional and novel entertainment in this popular resort.”

This is another notable landmark in Showtown’s exciting journey towards opening its doors for the first time.

Cllr Simon Blackburn, leader of Blackpool Council, said: “This fantastic news follows the dazzling launch of our new name and brand just last week.

“Making the museum a reality is down to the hard work of so many people and the support from organisations that have appreciated the concept of the museum and provided significant funding. This is another notable landmark in Showtown’s exciting journey towards opening its doors for the first time.”

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