‘Unique’ importance of Blackburn’s heritage goes on display
HISTORIC photographs of Blackburn have been dug out of the archives as the town celebrates its heritage with a series of special events.
The Heritage Open Days kick off tomorrow with a display of photographs depicting the town’s past, not usually available to the public, on display screens in the market.
They will show photographs from the local historical archive, which is painstakingly put together and maintained by Blackburn History Society.
Chairman of the society, historian Ray Smith said: “The history of Blackburn is very important as the town, uniquely, was the centre of the cotton industry, not only in this country, but the world.
“It’s a place with a lot of history, which should be celebrated.”
A trailer will launch tomorrow in the market, ahead of a full film showing the hundreds of photographs that the History Society collates, due premiere in the market next Thursday.
It is hoped that the display will set the scene for the national Heritage Weekend on September 12 to 15, when historical sites will host special events.
The graves of the famous and infamous will be included in a walk around Blackburn cemetery, while Mercer’s Toy Shop and Ainsworth Jewellers are hosting exhibitions.
Blackburn Market has a Victorian stall where Heritage Open Day information will be displayed as well as a treasure hunt for children.
Ian Holmes of Blackburn Life Media, who has helped set up the exhibition said: “It’s such a vast collection of photographs.
“There are some dating as far back to the 1800s, as well as more recent ones from the 60s and 70s.
“I am passionate about Blackburn and the history of the town and this will be a great opportunity for people to just stand still and take stock of where we’ve come from. In a changing world, it’s easy to forget our past and every time a change to a building is made in Blackburn, our past gets a little further away.”
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