Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Fleetwood Museum

I spent a happy hour looking round Fleetwood Museum yesterday gathering information about Fleetwood trawlers, some of which were taken into the service of the Admiralty in the First World War for mine searching tasks.  Lynn Asghar the Museum Manager and her Team do a terrific job and work very hard indeed.  The museum is a wonderful place and a fine tribute to Fleetwood's maritime history.

The museum has a very nice cafe and we tried the toasted sandwiches, which were delicious - the cakes looked lovely too.  In the cafe you will find the Fleetwood Grammar School stained glass Memorial window (see left), designed by senior art mistress at the school - Mrs A. Haworth.

When the Grammar School was closed, the window was taken into the collections of Lancashire County Museums Service and kept in storage until the new Coffee House at Fleetwood Museum was opened.  Fleetwood Museum Trust held a successful appeal for funding so the window could be enjoyed by all.

I love going to Fleetwood - get a feel that the ghost of Wilfred Owen lingers there.  

Wilfred Owen was stationed in Fleetwood for a few weeks in November/December 1916 while at the Gunnery School, the HQ of which was at the North Euston Hotel.  The firing range was where Fleetwood Golf Links is now situated and there is a very good booklet available from the Golf Club explaining its history during WW1.

Fleetwood Museum, Queen's Terrace, Fleetwood, Lancashire, GY7 6BT.  Tel.:  01253 876621

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