Blackpool in World War II

Blackpool Central library is lucky enough to be the home of an extensive collection of books, photographs and newspapers relating to the local history and heritage of Blackpool and the Fylde.

Every month, Senior Librarian and local historian, Tony Sharkey, runs a series of FREE talks regarding Blackpool and its exciting past. Topics already covered include Illuminations Heritage and Entertainment Impresario and in the final talk before summer, Tony will be investigating the role of Blackpool in World War II.

Coined ‘Hitler’s Playground’, Tony will explain how Blackpool survived and flourished between 1939 to 1945, covering aspects such as evacuation, rationing, censorship and how Blackpool maintained a holiday resort during those turbulent years. Through a series of talks and printed heritage, find yourself immersed in Blackpool’s captivating past.

Bygone Days: Blackpool in World War II on 28th June 2012 at Blackpool Central Library

To learn more about the Local and Family History Centre click here.

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  1. I was lucky enough to be in the audience when Tony gave his talk on Blackpool during the war. I was born after the war and so found it all very interesting. The photographs were good. It was a very pleasant talk. It was also interesting to look at copies of the Blackpool Gazette from the war years. Look forward to more of Tony’s talks.

    • A message from Tony-
      ‘Many thanks for your kind comments Lesley – the monthly Bygone Days talks will re-commence 25 Oct’

      Any information that is released about Tony’s upcoming talks will be updated on our blog, Twitter and Facebook. We look forward to seeing you again!

    • Hi Lesley!
      Just to let you know, Tony will be doing a talk on the history of Layton on the 28th September. The talk will mark the 75th anniversery of Layton Library opening and is set to be a day full of celebrations.
      If you would like to attend, please contact Blackpool Library Service on 01253 478080 and we will book you a place.
      Blackpool Library Service

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