B&FC 125-year exhibition highlights resort’s relationship with the tourism industry

Published on 07/04/2017 by pfi

Staff and students from Blackpool and The Fylde College hosted a celebration of the resort’s tourism history this week as part of the institution’s 125th anniversary year.

Around 50 invited guests attended the exhibition in the College’s University Centre Gallery - including representatives from some of Blackpool’s biggest attractions, hoteliers and civic dignitaries.

The display was curated by undergraduate students in Tourism Management at B&FC, who chose specific historic images Blackpool which highlighted the resort’s relationship with the industry and provided abstracts on the theme based on their academic research.

Jo Kershaw, Head of Leadership and Management at the College, said:

“We were delighted to host an event which saw so many key partners in the tourism industry come along to celebrate our 125th anniversary.

“The feedback we received was excellent and many people commented on the high level of professionalism from the students and their work.

“The event was catered by our catering students who brought some Blackpool classics with a modern twist and did a brilliant job of making everyone feel welcome.

“The exhibition was so well received we’re looking to make it available to the public at Houndshill Shopping Centre, as well as hosting a public lecture at our University Centre in the near future.”

Some of the pieces exhibited featured the famous Wakes Weeks, where mill towns closed down factories to send workers to Blackpool for a holiday - and the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale joined the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool to support the exhibition.

B&FC offers more than 60 degrees in specialist technical and professional areas, including Tourism Management, accredited by Lancaster University.

Guests viewing the exhibits on display at the B&FC 125 event
Guests viewing the exhibits on display at the B&FC 125 event
Jo Kershaw, Head of Leadership and Management at the College, speaking at the B&FC 125 event
Jo Kershaw, Head of Leadership and Management at the College, speaking at the B&FC 125 event
The Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale enjoying celebration canapes
The Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale enjoying celebration canapes
Guests enjoying the exhibits
Guests discussed the historic photos and the academic research behind them during the event