Blackpool Council has begun the search for a design team to create a new museum telling the story of the world’s first ‘working-class seaside resort’
The new project, which will be located within Blackpool’s Winter Gardens Pavilion Theatre, has been launched after the council secured £1.2million of initial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Blackpool Council are inviting applications for the architect design team as well as the interpretative design team for the project’s initial development phase.
The 18-month project will aim to draw up a business case and strategic plan for the museum as well as carry out in-depth surveys, public consultations and develop concepts. The council also aim to speak to the local community and develop communication plans before seeking a further £20m to fully fund the scheme.
Blackpool Council worked with Austin Smith Lord as part of a feasibility study for the new heritage museum.
The Blackpool Museum will tell the extraordinary story of the world’s first working-class seaside resort, celebrating its contribution to British and Western popular culture.
As well as displaying the council’s own nationally-significant collections in an imaginative, immersive way, there will be quality space for temporary exhibitions, co-created with communities, the V&A and others.
The new tender document states: ‘Blackpool is at the beginning of an incredibly exciting journey. Blackpool was the first mass seaside resort created for the working class in the world. It has an internationally important history. Indeed Blackpool remains the byword for the seaside holiday worldwide. It has a unique place in the development of British popular culture, but nowhere is this fascinating story told.
Interested parties have until October 17 to submit tenders.
How to apply
View the tender notice for more information
Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street
For the attention of: Ekke Kugler
FY1 1NA Blackpool
Telephone: +44 1253478743