The first steps have been taken towards opening a ‘mini museum’ in Morecambe.
Plans are afoot for a ‘pop-up’ heritage centre in the town showing off photographs, heirlooms and other items from the resort’s storied past.
This could open during the 2015 season and may lead to a permanent Morecambe heritage centre in future.
An organising committee of locals called ‘Morecambe Heritage’ is behind the plans.
They have been looking at several possible locations including the former Taylor’s gift shop near the Winter Gardens.
Sue Nelson from the Baxter shrimping family, Chris Abram from Carnforth who has thousands of photos and slides of old Morecambe, and Debbie Cain, granddaughter of old-time comedian Albert Modley who lived in Morecambe, are all involved in the project.
Chairing the group is Professor Chris May, an associate dean at Lancaster University. Development funding for the project of £40,000 will come from the university’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Enterprise Centre.
“Morecambe is a fantastic place to live with some amazing history and in order to get new business into the town, we need to show off what we’ve got,” said Rebecca Hellewell from Morecambe Heritage.
“A pop-up heritage centre is one way we can do that.”