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Making History

From the moment we wake to the moment we sleep, we’re all part of history.

At the heart of the history of our Island you’ll find making, it’s in our blood. From the cotton mills of the Industrial Revolution to the electric pop music of the sixties to the forefront of today’s digital revolution, we’re a nation of do-ers, creators, history makers.


At the National Festival of Making we’re already looking back at an incredible 2017 and the fantastic community of makers, artists, manufacturers, schools and colleges that helped us bring a historic 30,000 visitors to Blackburn. With fashion firsts, contemporary copper work and the very taste of the town, Blackburn College’s contributions to the first festival brought the creativity and imagination local of people to a national audience.

First established in 1888, the College has taken a leading role in transforming Pennine Lancashire into a vibrant and successful economy. Today their impressively modern world-class campus welcomes hundreds of school leavers who lay the foundations for history-making careers with a wide range of A-Levels, technical courses and apprenticeships. With the addition of degree courses the College allows students to continue their learning journey, helping graduates find their feet with a range of degree programmes awarded by the Sunday Times and The Times University of the Year, Lancaster University.


Blackburn College sponsors the festival’s Making History theme for 2018 presenting the historic Talbot Talks in Blackburn’s ‘Modern Gothic’ Cathedral, while celebrating 130 years of education and training provision for young people and adults from Blackburn and beyond at sites around the town-centre.


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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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