2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

The Talbot Exhibition & Talks

Join us for a tour through the Talbot Archive, a stunning photographic record of Lancashire life from the 1930s  to the 1990s by photographers Wally and Howard Talbot.

As part of the National Festival of Making, Blackburn College are offering the unique opportunity to enjoy the one of the UK’s most fascinating collections in the company of experts. Our speakers – including John Harrison, Richard Peregrine and Mary Painter – will guide you through the archive, considering the considering the social, political and historical contexts of this landmark portfolio.

Wally and Howard Talbot worked as newspaper photographers throughout Lancashire capturing key events such as visits from The Queen and Winston Churchill, and documenting Lancashire’s social, industrial and architectural history.

This truly wonderful archive of local life is set to increase in value as a vital piece of social documentary photography in both a regional and national context. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy it in the unique setting of Blackburn Cathedral.

Free to attend, booking required for talks

The Talbot Talks are supported by Blackburn College



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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