Cotton Town Stories

Visit Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery and discover a series of specials guests and exhibits who will teach you more about textiles and cotton themed making and manufacture in a town famed for its place in the Industrial Revolution leading the way with it’s cotton mills.

Bobbin Lace – A demonstration of the hand making of lace using and special exhibit (Saturday only)

Handling boxes – Get up and close with the museum’s collections

Design Lab Nation –  Nestled amongst the looms, find a display of textiles on loan from the V&A Museum as part of the Design lab Nation programme which aims to inspire the next generation of makers and designers.

Conversations with Northrop Engineers – Meet the Northrop engineer in the Cotton Town Gallery and learn more about the history of the looms and textile industry in 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

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