2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery Open Doors

Open since 1874, Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery houses a fascinating collection of fine art, decorative art, Egyptology, coins, manuscripts, natural history, social history and South Asia.


The museum staff open their doors for extended hours with a host of activities:

  • Dressing Up in the Art Gallery, create your own portraits inspired by the artwork around you.
  • Come and join in and add your items to the Museum’s Model Town
  • Get up close with the museum collections, with their handling boxes
  • Meet the Northrop engineer in the Cotton Town Gallery to learn more about the history of the looms and textile industry in Lancashire.
  • DesignLabNation exhibition, with work created by 4 secondary schools with a project which is led by the V&A London. 

As well as speakers as part of our Programmed Talks and ‘Industrialised: Art in Manufacturing in the Gallery” exhibition.




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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