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Past meets present at Morecambe's Platform

John Freeman
Fun at the fair in wartime
Morecambe. Photo courtesy
Lancaster City Council
Lancaster City and Maritime Museums have been delving into their archives and stores to put together a brand new display at the Platform, Morecambe.

"Come to Morecambe!" celebrates the town's development and heyday as a holiday resort. It highlights how the coming of the railways changed Morecambe forever and shares some of the memories of Morecambe's famous entertainment scene.

The two displays are situated in the entrance foyer and the main hall and museum staff are hoping a little of Morecambe's unique history will reach new audiences who are passing by to use the visitor information centre or attend an event at the Platform.

The project is one of a number of initiatives being developed by Lancashire County Museum Service and Lancaster City Council to share museum collections around the district and give local people greater access to objects held in the museum stores.

A similar display can be found at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre which is updated throughout the year.

“I'm very pleased that we are able get some items out of the collection and on show at the Platform," says Museums Area Manager Paul Thompson. "It's also great to tell a little of Morecambe's fascinating history.

“Morecambe born and bred I think it a privilege to promote the town’s past, present and future.”

"These attractive displays and photographs from Morecambe’s halcyon days have not only enhanced this Edwardian building," feels Lancaster City Council Platform Manager Mary Lucas, "but have been met with such positive comments and smiles from both the young and the not so young.”