Making History

Celebrating Blackburn and Lancashire as a historic centre of making


Discover the history of making and manufacturing, exploring how it’s history has shaped the modern maker landscape and our positive making futures. The National Festival of Making brings to life our makers heritage with contemporary cultural experiences.

Visit 2017’s headline project, the Art in Manufacturing – a co-commission between Festival of Making and Super Slow Way. Follow a city based art trail of 10 artists who have undertaken residencies with some of Pennine Lancashire’s most innovative and world leading manufacturers – creating responses that will be installed at The Festival of Making, illuminating the region’s incredible making heritage with contemporary works made from each factories stories, products or waste materials.

Tour the work, meet the artists and get your hands on manufacturing materials at the free Art in Manufacturing workshops.


Festival Themes

6th - 7th May 2017 | Blackburn, Lancashire

The National Festival of Making Delivery Team


The National Festival of Making is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Heritage Lottery Fund