Blackpool archives of posters, prints and photographs will take the magic of the Tower and Winter Gardens to London from 4 July to 27 August in an exhibition called ‘Blackpool: The Wonderland of the World’.
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A specially commissioned crown will sit atop the arch for the duration of the exhibition, so hopefully it will return to Blackpool afterwards to take its place among the Illuminations.
Wellington Arch is at the south side of Hyde Park in London, and along with Marble Arch was planned by George IV to commemorate Britain’s victory in the Napoleonic Wars.
It was built between 1826 and 1830, and was fittingly for this exhibition, designed by Decimus Burton, the architect of Fleetwood.
The top two floors of the Arch house the Quadriga Gallery, so called after the largest bronze sculpture of the Angel of Peace and her four horse chariot which crowns the monument.
In 2012, to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee, the Gallery will be exhibiting famous places in England, along with a few lesser known gems. During July and August, Blackpool will be showcased in this prestigious location for the capital city and all its visitors to see.
The partnership between English Heritage and Blackpool Council in the restoration and repair of these two magnificent buildings will be seen, along with the important part that both of these iconic venues play in the history of British light entertainment, architecture and holiday culture.
The story of the buildings unfolds through the archives, along with the changing names of the celebrities who entertained the holiday makers at the seaside.
It’s a prestigious opportunity to take the bright lights of Blackpool to the capital city, also at a time when the Olympics are underway, and show off how fabulous this holiday centre for entertainment really is.