Heritage Open Days in Blackburn 2018

Heritage Open Days 2018 takes place from 6th -9th September and 13th -16th September.

Blackburn Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Blackburn, BB1 5AA

If you’ve never visited England’s youngest cathedral, now is your chance to see it in action. We’ve got everything from children’s crafts to bell ringing for beginners, and even a chance to see a cathedral choir rehearse. Experience the modern artworks located throughout the building and enjoy the green oasis of the cloister garden.

Events: In the Nave:
11.30am – 1.30pm: Family activities and crafts
1.30pm – 3.00pm: Open choir rehearsal, Cathedral tours throughout the day In the Tower:
10.30am – 2.30pm: Tower tours, Bell ringing demonstrations with hands-on opportunities

Opening Times: Saturday 15 September: 10.30 – 15.00
Booking Details: Pre-booking: Preferred
Activities in the cathedral need not be pre-booked but booking is required for tours of the bell tower.

Booking Contact: FOR THE BELL TOWER: Ian Fowler
Call: 07484 830542
Email: ianpfowler@btinternet.com
Access: Disabled parking is limited and should be pre-booked by contacting the Vergers on 01254 277448 or email vergers@blackburncathedral.co.uk Otherwise, there is no onsite parking, but there are several public car parks close to the cathedral.
Additional Information: Max 25 people per tour/session. 60 minutes for cathedral tours; 45 minutes for the bell tower (for which the maximum number is 12 per tour) Contact for the day: Mr. Mark Pickering (Head Verger) 01254 277448 www.blackburncathedral.com

Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn BB2 1AG

Extraordinary Women: An exhibition of articles, news cuttings and photographs relating to a variety of women who have graced the public scene in Blackburn over the last 100 years.
Earlier in the year Blackburn’s M.P., Barbara Castle, was used as the focus of a small exhibition in order to celebrate International Women’s Day. The Heritage Open Day exhibition will expand on this by including additional library material about Barbara’s life and work. The display will also feature a small selection of other women who have played an influential part in Blackburn’s Civic and social history. Included in the exhibition will be Sarah Buckley; Blackburn’s first female Mayor as well as Mrs Lewis and her Temperance Work at Lees Hall plus others. Photographs from the Library’s collection of women at work and at play throughout the last 100 years will be included.

Opening Times:
Thursday 6 September: 1000-1700
Friday 7 September: 1000-1700
Saturday 8 September: 1000-1400
Sunday 9 September: Closed
Thursday 13 September: 1000-1700
Friday 14 September: 1000-1700
Saturday 15 September: 1000-1400
Sunday 16 September: Closed
Access: Entrance to Blackburn Library is through the doors on Town Hall Street. There is lift to the first floor. The exhibition will be displayed on the first floor corridor outside the Hornby Lecture Theatre
Booking Details: No booking required

Heritage Open Day and Paint The Town, The Bureau Centre for the Arts, Victoria Street, Blackburn BB2 1JU

Come and join in with the latest craze of painting and hiding pebbles with our heritage themed pebble painting activity. Decorate a pebble with an image of your favourite heritage site in the town or an image of your choice, add the tags #BBrox, #BureauRocks and #hods and once it is dry, take it away to hide in a heritage location around the town for someone else to find. Maybe you will spot some on your way? If you do please share photos with us on social media using the hashtags!

Have a go at The Bureau’s own Heritage trail, especially created for Heritage Open Days and find out all about the history of this amazing building.

Join in with our junior version of Paint the Town… for under 16’s. Come down to The Bureau to register and get your board, paper or canvas stamped any time from 9am, then head out into town to create a piece of work in a day- returning it to us by 6pm. This year’s theme is ‘Contrasting Architecture- Classical to Contemporary’. Bring your own materials. All works will be exhibited at The Bureau afterwards and there are prizes in a number of categories.

View our exhibition of silk flags from the WW1@BB1 project. Over 500 members of the Rishton community worked with artist Ursula Hurst to research the lives of the men on the Cenotaph and then painted the flags with images based on poems, drawings, photographs and quotes about the men.

Opening Times
Thursday 6 September: 1100-1600pm WW1@BB1 exhibition only
Friday 7 September: 1100 -1600 WW1@BB1 exhibition only
Saturday 8 September: 0900-1800 HOD@The Bureau- all activities
Thursday 13 September: 1100-1600 Paint the Town Exhibition only
Friday 14 September: 1100-1600 Paint the Town Exhibition only
Saturday 15 September: 1330-1630 Paint the Town Exhibition only
Booking Details: No booking required

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