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Monday 20th March to Thursday 23rd March 9.30am to 3.30pm.
Volunteers please contact Sharon
We are also busy making preparations for the Annual Awards and Dinner.
The Awards for 2016 will be presented on April 28th 2017 in the Washington Suite at the Imperial Hotel.
We have kept the ticket price at £30:00 each and Sharon is now selling them. Please come and join us for this very special event.
We continue to make very good progress on uncovering and reclaiming the wonderful Burmantofts tiles in the former Turkish Baths at the Imperial Hotel. We are very pleased that three more of our members have volunteered their services and recently joined our dedicated team.
This week we completed a section of the ceiling in the 'cooling room' and have now begun “steaming” and stripping one of the big beams running the entire length of the room (approximately 20 feet). This is beautifully decorated and it seems extraordinary that anyone could have decided to conceal its beauty under a coat of paint! While two members of the team have been working on the ceiling, others, including our new volunteers, have been doing equally important work, removing thick plaster from tiles and from the superb, highly ornate friezes decorating three of the four walls. In addition, we have been stripping paint from fluted columns, tiled doorways and other decorative features.
Some months ago we completed work on all tiled surfaces in the 'hot' room of the Turkish baths. Although most of the tiles were in good to excellent condition, we discovered that the original mosaic floor (overlaid with asphalt) requires specialist attention owing to historic damage.
This leaves the third room. Most of the thick plaster has been removed from the walls, revealing quite extensive historic damage, though many individual tiles are in good condition.
This project has excited a lot of interest. The author of 'Victorian Turkish Baths', Malcolm Shifrin, visited the Imperial before Christmas and was extremely impressed by our painstaking work. A private collector of Burmantofts tiles also visited the Turkish Baths and echoed Mr Shifrin’s sentiments.
The Imperial Hotel is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year and has issued a presentational pack of postcards. We are delighted that one of those eight postcards celebrates the work we have carried out on the former Turkish Baths.
Visit to the Mayor's Parlour 14th January 2017
Committee members were invited by the Mayor of Blackpool, Cllr Kath Rowson, to join her and the Mayoress, Joan Goldin, in the Mayor’s Parlour in Blackpool Town Hall. Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, Joan Humble, said how pleased committee members were to join the Mayor, Mayoress and other guests at this special event. A raffle was held to raise funds for the Trinity Hospice, which has been chosen this year by the Mayor as being particularly deserving of support for its outstanding and commendable work.
Imperial Hotel Turkish Bath Tiles Project 2017
We will be working on the Imperial Hotel Turkish Bath Tiles Restoration next week, commencing Monday 16th January. We are returning to our normal schedule, i.e. Monday to Thursday inclusive, from 9.30 am. to 4 pm. Members can slot into any of these sessions or part-sessions to work at their own pace and at hours to suit them. All members are welcome.
St Stephens on the Cliffs Performing Arts Service
Saint Stephen on the Cliffs Church invite Blackpool Civic Trust Members to a Service to recognise the contribution of the performing arts to this town. Saint Stephens is particularly important in this regard as it features the Actors Chapel, believed to be one of only two in the world.
The Service will be held at 3pm on Sunday 15th January 2017, the Preacher will be the Venerable Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster and it will be followed by light refreshments, an opportunity to tour the church and to find out more about the work of the Friends and become a member.
Our Good Work in the Gazette - Imperial Tiles Project
The Evening Gazette of 5th January published an article about our project at the Imperial Hotel.
'Painstakingly scraping away layers of solid plaster more than an inch thick is not for the faint-hearted. But this is the task dedicated members of Blackpool Civic Trust have set themselves after discovering a heritage gem lying forgotten in the basement of one of the town’s most historic hotels.'
Lancashire Local History Federation
Blackpool Civic Trust have joined as members of the above group and we offer invitations to our members to attend their talks and courses. The next one is Saturday 18th February 2017 at Preston Masonic Hall entitled 'Toil and Strife: Working Conditions in the North West'. Members will have received an e-mail with booking details.
Blackpool Civic Trust has a new logo - November
The Grade II* listed Grand Theatre, Blackpool. More beautiful inside would you believe!