In August 2016, Fleetwood Museum Trust (a Charitable Incorporated Organisation) was announced as the preferred bidder, with financial backing from Fleetwood Town Council, to take over running the museum and save it from certain closure.
Dedicated Trust members have since worked tirelessly to progress the official handover, attending meetings and formally agreeing with County Council Museum officers the physical condition of thousands of artefacts which will be held on loan. One artefact, the light from the Wyre Light which shone on the lighthouse from 1948-1980’s, is on display in the Harriet Shed at the museum.
A new exhibition was launched in 2017 “Fleetwood’s Early Years”. Previously unseen artefacts include iconic W.G. Herdman prints and a painting of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood, recently bought by the Trust. Nostalgic prints of old Fleetwood pictures can be bought through the Museum. Fleetwood Museum Trust couldn’t operate without its army of 65 volunteers, and more are needed especially to help run the cafe. Catering experience is an advantage but not essential. If you are interested, please call in at the museum.
Becoming a Friend of Fleetwood Museum allows free admission into the museum, quarterly newsletters, and invitations to special events. Application forms are available from the Museum or the website. Fleetwood Town Councillors would like to thank the volunteers who have worked so hard to keep our museum open. Their dedication to the town’s heritage is much appreciated.