Funding to Revamp Morecambe Winter Gardens, Boost Youth Arts Access

  • University of Sheffield professor has helped win major funding to restore Morecambe Winter Gardens and transform it into one of the north’s leading music venues
  • Funding will also create work experience placements for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Lancashire to help them develop careers in the arts industry
  • In its heyday, Morecambe Winter Gardens was one of the best entertainment venues of any British seaside town, but it closed and fell into disrepair in the 1970s and 80s
  • Professor of Entertainment History is leading a remarkable restoration of the venue and new funding will make it one of the largest music venues in Lancashire

A seaside theatre that was once known as the Albert Hall of the north is set for a remarkable restoration, thanks to major new funding that was secured with the help of a University of Sheffield professor.

Morecambe Winter Gardens, which was once one of the country’s most popular theatres drawing tourists from across the UK, has been awarded a grant of £2.78 million from the Cultural Development Fund to help it once again be one of the best music venues in the north of England.

The funding, which is the largest single investment the venue has received in over a 100 years, will also be used to launch a new work experience initiative to help young creatives from Lancashire get access to and develop careers in the arts industry.

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