Fleetwood Museum is operated by Fleetwood Museum Trust – an independent CIO (a Charitable Incorporated Organisation). The trust took over the museum from Lancashire County Council (LCC) in April 2018, ensuring its survival after the council wanted to close the museum as part of cost cutting measures. The trust manages the site as well as the Fleetwood collections on loan from Lancashire Council. In 2019 the museum was awarded Accredited status from Arts Council England – recognition of the trust’s high standards in all areas of operation.
The Museum Trust is proud to receive annual funding from the people of Fleetwood through the support of Fleetwood Town Council. It is thought that it is the only museum in the country to receive financial support from a third tier local authority.
Fleetwood Museum is a community museum – working with local people and local arts and community groups to provide opportunities for local people (and visitors to Fleetwood!) to engage with Fleetwood’s fascinating history.
The museum has seen much change in the 3 years of trust operation – the frontage has been transformed, exposing the original historic render and stonework. And there are new exhibitions include the story of local firm Fisherman’s Friend, and ‘This Lass Can: Stories of Fleetwood Women’. The museum is far more involved in local partnership work, including leading the town’s Heritage Action Zone Cultural Consortium – delivering a 3 year programme of events and activities in Fleetwood.
Fleetwood Museum Trust couldn’t operate without its army of over 60 volunteers, working in varied areas from the galleries to the café. We are always looking for more volunteers – so contact the museum if you would like an opportunity to contribute as a volunteer in some way.
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.