Work has begun on Blackpool’s Showtown Museum after delays caused by the pandemic.
The £13m project, which will tell the story of Blackpool and its role in British entertainment history, is expected to be completed by April 2023.
It will be located on the town’s Golden Mile inside the Sands Building, which will also feature Blackpool’s first five-star hotel.
Described as the “jewel in the crown” of Blackpool Council’s regeneration plans, the project has received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund, Coastal Communities Fund and Lancashire Growth Deal.
The museum says it will celebrate the comedians, dancers, acrobats and characters who turned the seaside town into “the home of showbusiness”.