Blackpool seeks designers for town museum, promising “this will be no conventional museum”

Blackpool Council is seeking exhibition designers to work on the town’s planned new museum project, which it says will be “immersive, participatory and inclusive” and “no conventional museum”.


Source: Gerry Balding

The council hopes that the new museum will open in 2018 in the Pavilion Theatre at the Blackpool Winter Gardens. It has received an initial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and his hoping that a Round 2 HLF bid will “unlock major investment to actually make the museum”.

Blackpool Council says it hopes the museum will be “a dynamic and celebratory space – a blend of museum, visitor attraction and theatre, filled with artefacts, film, music and performance”.

The council adds: “It will have a strong personality with a memorable and distinctive take which is true to the lively spirit of Blackpool.”

A budget of just over £2 million has been allocated for interpretative displays, and the council says it is seeking to appoint exhibition designers over two phases – initially for RIBA design stages 1-3 and then with consideration for RIBA stages 4-7.

The council says it is looking for exhibition designers “with a broad range or ‘interpretative’ design skills and experience, who can clearly demonstrate an innovative and exciting creative approach to our project”.

The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 9 February. For more information visit

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