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Battle of the Somme Centenary Events

Wednesday 29th June – Saturday 30th July 2016.

12 – 4:45pm

Battle of The Somme Centenary Events

Blackburn with Darwen commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

The Battle of Somme was one of the largest battles of the First World War. It took place between July 1 and November 18, 1916 on both sides of the River of Somme in France.

To mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Blackburn with Darwen is holding a series of events across the Borough.

As part of the commemorations, Blackburn Museum will be open for all on Sunday 3rd July, 12 – 4:45pm


Blackburn Museum WW1 Trail – Wednesday 29th June to Saturday 30th July, 12 – 4:45pm                                           A hand-sheet trail through the museum looking at the different roles people had during WWI. Including a conscientious objector, a female police officer and a Red Cross member, it’s an unusual look at how everyone was involved. Self-guided for all the family.

A Painting as a War Memorial? Diana or Christ in Blackburn Museum – Friday 1st July, 2pm                                        In 1919, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery was gifted Edwin Long’s 1881 painting ‘Diana or Christ?’ as a memorial to the First World War. Based on new archival discoveries, this FREE public talk, by Dr Kate Nichols, Birmingham Fellow in British Art at the University of Birmingham, explores the controversies surrounding the painting when it was put on show in Blackburn in 1919. Can a painting be a war memorial? And does its status as a memorial affect our understandings of the painting hanging in Blackburn today? Places are limited and booking is essential. Please call 01254 667130 to book your place. Click here for more information.

WW1 Get Crafty art and craft sessions – Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July, 12 – 4pm                                              These FREE craft sessions are drop-in and are unsupervised by Museum staff. They are aimed at children from toddler age to 12 years. All children must be supervised by an adult.The crafts will have a WW1 theme and will take about 20-30 minutes. The children can take home whatever craft they make.

For full details of all of Blackburn with Darwen Somme Commemoration events please click here.

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