Blackpool was built as a place to entertain and has continued to act as a magnet for pleasure seekers throughout the decades. Its extraordinary built heritage builds justifiably fierce civic pride.
Central Library was designed in accordance with philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s principles of universal learning and in 2011 reopened its doors after a £3million redevelopment. As part of this, artist Nick Robertson, in consultation with community and staff members, created eight new stained glass windows which reflect contemporary themes such as Illumination, Aspiration and Curiosity, inspired by the original stained glass in the entrance dome.
Central Library is one of eight Blackpool libraries with a remit for reading and literacy, health, learning and information, digital facilities and grassroots cultural participation, with around 612,000 visits a year. Central Library is also home to Blackpool Council’s Arts Service who in partnership with the Library, deliver the annual festival – Wordpool.
Blackpool has some of the most amazing spaces and most unbelievable stories. To share its iconic and unusual heritage, Blackpool Heritage Guided Tours was set up by the Council’s Heritage Service and the Volunteer Service.
A passionate and knowledgeable group of volunteers lead entertaining tours of the Blackpool Winter Gardens and Lightworks. Lightworks is home to Blackpool’s world famous Illuminations Collection which contains over 20,000 pieces including photographs, diagrams and original artwork. For more information, please click here.