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Blackpool in the Second World War Exhibition

Showtown are looking for an individual or company to support the design, fabrication and delivery of a temporary exhibition, focusing on Blackpool during the Second World War.

This will be the second major exhibition of Showtown’s rolling temporary exhibition offer and is being co-produced with community groups in Blackpool.

The Commission

Blackpool was a unique place during the Second World War. Still operating as the holiday resort it was known for, the town also saw a huge influx of people such as the military, the civil service, and evacuees. Although stage entertainment, dance halls, cinemas and circuses continued, Blackpool also had its share of wartime tragedies.

This exhibition will explore the impact of the Second World War on Blackpool itself and on the town’s unique stories.

This commission is an exciting opportunity to work on developing an exhibition design concept in co-production with two cohorts of local people from Blackpool.

Key Dates & Specifications

The exhibition is scheduled to run from 21 March 2025 until 28 September 2025.

Install will take place between 3 March and 20 March 2025

The space is 140sqm.

There is approximately 70 linear metres of wall space which includes a reusable wall system.

The designer will have access to Showtown’s existing technical and audio-visual equipment, including monitors and a projector with interactive potential.

There are two showcases, comprised of one costume case and one tabletop vitrine, available for this exhibition and Showtown’s temporary exhibition gallery has power, data and fully adaptable lighting throughout.

Follow the download link below to read the full brief and details of how to apply.

Please send your proposal to: Emily Langridge, Showtown Exhibitions Assistant,

Closing Date: Monday 24 June 2024 at 12 noon

Interview date: Thursday 27 June 2024

Contract Dates: July 2024 – March 2025

Exhibition and Concept Design Brief

Blackpool in the Second World War Exhibition

View full details of the brief and how to apply here.