What's On

Festival of Making 2019

Saturday 15th June 11:00a.m – 6:00p.m

Sunday 16th June 11:00a.m – 6:00p.m

Further Information


Festival of Making 2019 – Blackburn Museum Events

Returning to Lancashire for a third year, The National Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn on Sat 15 and Sun 16 June 2019.

A uniquely innovative fixture on the UK festivals calendar, 40,000 people attended the 2018 edition to take part in an array of making activities, encounter outdoor performances, innovations in science and technology and art installations alongside the finest in food, drink and handmade design.

Festival organisers, including co-founder, Wayne Hemingway MBE, call on artists and British manufacturers to get involved in an even more ambitious event next summer.

Britain’s revolution in hands-on creativity, contemporary manufacturing and tech-led making shows no sign of slowing and the festival that shouts loudest about the brilliance of the nation’s makers, The National Festival of Making, will return to Blackburn, Lancashire on Sat 15 – Sun 16 June 2019. Entering its third year, the free-to-attend festival moves to a summer date for the first time.

Attracting 40,000 people to Britain’s making and manufacturing heartland of Lancashire in 2018, visitors to the ambitious, town centre event can expect to encounter more makers in workshops for all ages and backgrounds, find the work of renowned artists in unusual locations and indulge in independent market shopping.

Blackburn Museums confirmed events include:

Dressing Up in the Art Gallery – Dress up and create your own portraits inspired by the artwork around you. Or use our custom made photo frame to make memories by taking your picture wearing the different clothes.

Model Town – Help us to create our own model town, you can make a building, vehicle or scenery and either add it to our model or take it home with you.

Handling Boxes – Get up close with the museum collections.

Meet the Northrop Engineer – meet the Northrop engineer in the Cotton Town Gallery to learn more about the history of the looms and textile industry in Lancashire. Richard Croasdale served his time as an apprentice Fitter at the British Northrop Loom Co. Ltd. and he spent his working life building looms for making cloth. He has been a Museum volunteer since 2006.

Industrialised Exhibition – opening on the 15th of June until 14th September 2019.For more information, see https://blackburnmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/industrialised-exhibiton-festival-of-making-2019/

There will also be trails and quizzes for younger children to complete around the museum.

For more information on other events during the festival, please visit the official Festival Of Making website. https://festivalofmaking.co.uk/

Please note our extended opening hours on the 15th and 16th of June 2019 are 11:00a.m till 6:00p.m