Blackpool Victoria Hospital to take part in Heritage weekend

Denys Barber with wife Jean who will be accompanying the tours

Blackpool Victoria Hospital will be taking part in a special heritage weekend in September.

As part of Blackpool’s Heritage Open Days tours of the Whinney Heys site have been scheduled to explore the hospital’s past.

The tours will include various original features of the site through to the most up-to-date installations.

Kari Singleton, from Heritage Blackpool, said: “Heritage Open Days are the largest cultural festival in England with a fantastic line up of activities and events taking place all over the country.

“We’re thrilled that Blackpool Victoria Hospital will be a part of this year’s Heritage Open Days as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.”

Two tours will hosted by Trust Volunteer, Denys Barber, who has been running Hospital History Tours at Blackpool Victoria Hospital for the past two years.

He said: “The history of the hospital dates back to 1894 and the Whitegate Drive site.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 1963

“How the hospital came to its present site in 1936 is a fascinating story which includes how the building was paid for by local businesses, the local community and holiday makers. During the tours, we will trace the history of the hospital and Blackpool itself, through the years, taking in many interesting features along the way.”

Kari added: “Many Blackpool residents were born in that hospital and have benefited from the amazing service they provide seven days a week. This is an amazing opportunity to celebrate this and Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s fascinating history and heritage.”

The tours are being held on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September at 2pm. The tours are pre book only so please call. 01253 478090 or email hertiage@blackpool.gov.uk to secure a place.

For full details of the Heritage Open Days weekend, visit: https://www.blackpoolheritagetours.co.uk/hod

 

 

 

 

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