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Festival of Making 2018

Special opening times for The Festival Of Making; Sat/Sun 11a.m – 6p.m

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Get ready to Make – Free Family Festival

Blackburn’s Festival of Making 2018

The first National Festival of Making took place in Blackburn, Lancashire in 2017. Our unique festival ideal – to celebrate our brilliant UK making industry, from kitchen table makers to master manufacturers – brought people from around the country to Pennine Lancashire for a wonderful explosion of making activities.

We’re pleased to announce that the festival will return in 2018 with an even more ambitious programme of making and digital technologies, hands-on maker workshops, innovative art installations and a full festival programme of activity.

Blackburn – and Pennine Lancashire – are rich in heritage and thrive with industrious makers and manufacturers. We’re proud that the town and its people have welcomed the festival back to showcase their skills and spirit and to welcome the nation’s best and most innovative makers and shakers.

The 12th and 13th of May will see a town-wide takeover of Blackburn centre, with hundreds of things to make, see, hear and do, from the Town Hall to the Cathedral. For more information on The Festival of Making, please visit: https://festivalofmaking.co.uk/

The Museum will also be taking part and will be holding free events throughout the weekend. (Please note special opening hours for The Festival of Making are; 11a.m -6p.m)


Saturday and Sunday (11.00 – 6.00) – Get crafty  In the Victorian gallery –  Make like a Victorian, dress up and create your own portraits inspired by the gallery around you.

Saturday and Sunday (11.00 – 6.00) Handling Boxes – Get up and close with museum collections.

Saturday and Sunday (11.00 – 6.00) Design lab NationTextiles and Design. Nestled amongst the looms is a display of textiles loaned from the V&A as part of the Design lab Nation programme which aims to inspire the next generation of makers and designers.

Saturday and Sunday (11.00 – 4.00) Conversations with Northrop EngineersMeet the Northrop engineer in the Cotton Town Gallery to learn more about the history of the looms and textile industry in Lancashire.

Saturday and Sunday (11.00 – 6.00) Lawrence Leith, Heritage Lost Crafts Workshops (In the South Asian gallery)

Lawrence Leith Musical Instruments will be demonstrating selected stages of the making process of handmade keyboard instruments. From designing on paper to fine tuning with a chance to talk about the design concepts involved.. Lawrence’s skilled craftsmanship in detailed woodwork, metal work and tuning combine, to make, Harpsichords, virginals and Gamelan. He does not copy from museum pieces but rather, in the spirit of the old masters, hopes to create good examples of instruments based on first hand concepts, put into new designs that are suited to the musical requirements of those people using them. Using laser cut parts for the harpsichord is an example of this innovative approach. Lawrence also creates experimental instruments including Flutes, Organ Pipes, Ocarinas and Xylophones.

Saturday and Sunday (11.00 – 5.00) Julia SwarbrickPrinting press.

There will also be from the 12th of May to the 4th of August the Art in Manufacturing Legacy Exhibition, for further information, please visit: https://blackburnmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/art-in-manufacturing-legacy-exhibition/



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