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UK Pinball Museum

By craiga_uk

6 years ago



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    #1 6 years ago

    Hi all,

    I'm in the early stages of planning a tourist attraction for the south coast of the UK, a pinball museum.

    The general business plan is based around making a self sufficient attraction which would have an entry fee and all the machines on free-play.
    The museum would initially launch with a collection of around 45 machines, with a range from the 30's - modern day, and these would be arranged into areas based on the decades.

    As opposed to a 'hall of machines' style layout, the machines will have key info sheets that explain their key features and historical significance. The museum will also educate on key dates and times in the lifecycle of pinball.

    The collection will be well maintained, and expanded as museum funds allow. The goal will be the preservation of key historic machines and to expand peoples exposure to pinball (which in the UK is now very limited).

    The location will be based on finding the right commercial space at the right price and position, but will be coastal to benefit from inbound tourism. At the moment, the short-list includes Bournemouth, Brighton, Plymouth and Weymouth.

    The plan is to establish links with schools to encourage trips as part of a science/physics curriculum. We would also encourage local players and tournaments to bring in additional income.

    A secondary phase will be to obtain a licence for alcohol sale on the property, to open up additional revenue and to allow parties, private events, etc.

    During these initial planning stages I'd love to hear from the community with ideas, plus if anyone is able to volunteer skills, time, money or pinball machines to loan to the museum then they will of course be gladly accepted.

    Once a final business plan is drawn up, we will seek funding from a variety of sources including various seed funds, the bank and Kickstarter.

    Once again, if you would like to help or have something you can contribute then please get in touch!

    Craig

    #2 6 years ago

    Would be worth posting on pinballinfo.com and also on the ukpinball yahoo group, seeing as they are both mainly UK based they should be of great use.

    Good luck with your venture.
    Ian

    #3 6 years ago

    I would knock Kickstarter off your list of fundraising plans, too many people have lost too much with pre-pay pinball recently

    #4 6 years ago

    Put it in the middle of the country not on the way south coast. Somewhere a little north of London. There's already a museum in Ramsgate.

    #5 6 years ago

    Epotech - could do, but I was thinking of the extra trade/income from the tourist market. Birmingham is a nice central spot, but I'm not sure how many people visit there on hols...

    #6 6 years ago

    If tourists head to the South coast for the weather, not sure if they will really want to be stuck indoors playing pinball.

    Also wish it would be further North. Good luck with the project though!

    #7 6 years ago

    Sounds like a license to print money. Talk to David Silverman first though.

    #8 6 years ago
    Quoted from thewool:

    If tourists head to the South coast for the weather, not sure if they will really want to be stuck indoors playing pinball.

    Places like Brighton are known for their, well, game halls (arcades doesn't feel like the right word). I think most people going to that kind of destination would expect to be spending a few pounds playing games. Probably wouldn't want to be too far from the beach though (that's where the competition is), and that could be expensive.

    #9 6 years ago
    Quoted from Circus_Animal:

    Places like Brighton are known for their, well, game halls (arcades doesn't feel like the right word). I think most people going to that kind of destination would expect to be spending a few pounds playing games. Probably wouldn't want to be too far from the beach though (that's where the competition is), and that could be expensive.

    Not sure if you've been into a UK arcade recently. Basically people disconnect their brains to play games that fed them tickets to buy shite prizes. Fun for a little while though... I know of some seaside places with pins but rarely are they getting played even when the place is packed.

    A museum is much more of a niche thing so that's why the location is critical. I would love to see this work out for Craig though.

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