Townscape Heritage (TH) Social
Tuesday 1st May 2018, 4.30pm
The second meeting for businesses and property owners in the Townscape Heritage Project Area will be held next Tuesday 1st May from 4.30pm.
This time the event is kindly hosted by Hugos and as well as being a great opportunity to meet everyone, we’ll be talking all things Blakey Moor, Northgate and Lord Street West.
Hope you can join us.
Northgate Area Meeting
Wednesday 21st February 2018, 4.30pm
The Northgate, Blakey Moor and Lord Street West area is changing and evolving. While this is exciting and positive, it presents some new challenges. Businesses and property owners are invited to join us at The Lemon Tree, 29 Northgate for an informal meeting to develop and Area Action Plan.
Townscape Heritage Project Student Excursion Day
Tuesday 24th October 2017
Blackburn’s Townscape Heritage Project in partnership with Blackburn College will host a heritage conservation excursion event for construction students on Tuesday 24th October.
Blackburn town centre is undergoing a major rejuvenation and the town’s built heritage sits at the heart of this. Students will have the opportunity to find out about the Townscape Heritage Project and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s ambitious £3 million regeneration plans for the Blakey Moor, Northgate and Lord Street West area of the town centre. The excursion will also provide a valuable insight into the world of heritage skills and students will be able to meet some of the local professionals, specialist and contractors who work in the heritage conservation sector.
The day will include a site visit to see works currently being undertaken by building conservation specialists Heritage Conservation Restoration Ltd at Blackburn Cathedral. Funded by the World War I memorial fund, the works to the Cathedral include masonry repairs and repointing to the West Tower, North Transept, and East Chancel walls as well as the renewal of the Tower roof.
This will be followed by a tour of local company, Darwen Terracotta & Faience. With a manufacturing heritage going back over 150 years, the company is a world class specialist in architectural terracotta and faience working on both restoration and new build projects for some of the most prestigious buildings in the UK Europe and USA. The students will learn about the company’s role in building conservation and see first-hand the highly skilled crafts people and manufacturing process from design to finished product.
The event is part of a bespoke heritage skills training programme being delivered as part of the Townscape Heritage Project. The programme is designed to complement the Colleges existing construction courses by introducing students to the specialist skills and materials needed to protect, conserve and restore built heritage and the career opportunities that the heritage conservation and construction sectors can offer.
Over the next five years, the project will provide students with further opportunity for educational excursions, heritage skills master classes and hands on work experience on building conservation projects.
10am – Townscape Heritage Project talk and walking tour – Julia Simpson, Townscape Heritage Project Manager talks to students about the Project followed by walking tour of project area.
11am – 12.15 – Blackburn Cathedral site visit – Cannon Hindley and Gary Rawlinson from Heritage Conservation Restoration explain some of the conservation works, followed by a tour to see works onsite.
Break for lunch
1pm – Coach pick up at Construction Centre
1.30pm – Darwen Terracotta visit – Steve Allen talks to students about the companies role in heritage conservation followed by a tour of the factory.
3pm – return to Blackburn College
Students wishing to secure a place on the excursion should contact
Nadine Ray, Industry Links Adviser, Blackburn College 01254 292327 Nadine.Ray@blackburn.ac.uk
Townscape Heritage Celebrates Heritage Open Days
7th – 10th September 2017, Blackburn Town Centre
In September the Townscape Heritage Project joined the nation’s biggest celebration of architecture, history and culture and promoted a programme of events for Heritage Open Days. This was a great way to discover and explore some of the town’s historic gems, find out what’s going on to help protect and restore heritage buildings and learn more about local history and heritage.
Download the full Heritage Open Day’s Event Programme here and details of events that took place in the Townscape Heritage Project Area below.
RESTORE pop-up shop
Saturday 9th September 2017, 10am-4pm, 27 Blakey Moor, BB2 1LL. FREE
Join us at the Restore pop-up shop to find out more about the Townscape Heritage Project and regeneration plans for the area. An exhibition of artworks produced at previous years Paint the Town art competition will be on display.
Townscape Heritage Tour
Saturday 9th September 2017, 10am from Restore shop (approx. 30 mins) FREE
Take a short walking tour of the Townscape Heritage area. Find out about the history and heritage of the some of the buildings as well as plans for their future restoration and reuse.
Paint the Town Workshop
Saturday 9th September 2017, 10am – 4pm, 29 Northgate. FREE
Local artists Emily Lord will be running a drop-in workshop for adults and children wanting to have a go at drawing or painting an historic building. Take time to study some of the stunning architectural features present on every day town centre buildings, then sketch them. Suitable for all abilities. Works created on the day are also eligible to be entered into the Paint the Town art competition.
Mr Mason’s Historic Town Tour
Saturday 9th September 2017, 12.15pm, from Restore shop (up to 1 hour) FREE
In full period costume, Mr Mason will be giving one of his popular Historic Town Tours especially for Heritage Open Days. Meet at the Restore shop on Blakey Moor and follow the guided walk through the story of Blackburn’s history.
Community Quilt workshop with Jenni Smith
Saturday 9th September 2017, Community Clothing, 14 Lord Street West, BB2 1JX. FREE
Sew a small piece of history into the Community Quilt at Community Clothing – a modern heirloom in the making!
The Community Quilt was started at the Festival of Making in May and has been stitched by 80 people so far. Now, as part of Super Slow Ways Fabrications Festival the Community Quilt returns to Blackburn. Come along and sew a square, learn a new skill, work collaboratively and share your own textile tale.
Cordwainers & Curriers
Friday 8 & Saturday 9 Sept, 11am & 2pm (approx. 50 mins) staring at Blackburn Museum. FREE but booking required via www.superslowway.org.uk/fabrications
Another opportunity to join artist Jeni McConnell on a multi-media, audio-visual walking tour to explore the history of Cookson & Clegg in the town. From its early leather-working origins, through many years of military uniform manufacture to today making quality clothing under Patrick Grant. To prepare for the trip back in time, tour participants will don specially made, ﬂying cap replicas inspired by the leather headwear made in the factory in the early 1900’s. Taking in the past sites of Cookson & Clegg’s ‘manufactories,’ the tour is interwoven with oral histories and mechanical soundscapes. The route starts at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery ending at Community Clothing on Lord Street West.
Paint the Town Art Competition
Saturday 9th September 2017, The Bureau, Victoria Street, BB1 6DW. FREE
A challenge to artists of all ages and abilities- beginners, amateurs and professionals- to create a painting or drawing of Blackburn in a day. A number of prizes will be awarded, including one for the special Townscape Heritage Project category. Entrants must register at The Bureau and anyone wanting a little help or advice can attend our Paint the Town workshop on Northgate. For full details go to www.bureaublackburn.co.uk
Other events taking place in Blackburn town centre for this year’s Heritage Open Days celebration:
Blackburn Central Library
Thursday 8 & Friday 9 Sept, 10am-5pm & Saturday 10 Sept 10am-2pm. Town Hall Street, BB2 1AG. FREE
An exhibition of historic photographs donated to Blackburn Library for the Cotton Town collection.
Blackburn Sewing Machine Museum
Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 Sept, 9am-4.30pm. 120 Darwen Street, BB2 2AJ . FREE
A collection of over 200 sewing machines dating back to 1860 open to the public.
6 – 30 Sept (open Weds – Sat 12 – 4.45pm). Museum Street, BB1 7AJ. FREE
Artist Debbie Smyth will be experimenting with mark making techniques used in weaving combined with her own signature pin and thread style to produce a new installation.
Saturday 9 September, Darwen Street, BB1 5AA
Kids colouring and costume fun led by the Cathedral’s Education Officer. 10am-12noon. FREE
The chorister’s rehearsal and performance – open to all. 1.30-m-4.30pm. FREE
Blackburn Quaker Meeting House
Saturday 9 Sept, 10am-4pm. Paradise Lane, BB2 1LY. FREE
Access to the Quaker Meeting House and burial ground, Quaker exhibition, children’s colouring and film screening of locally filmed ‘The Women’s Peace Crusade 1917’.
East Lancs Vintage Bus Rally
Saturday 9 Sept, 10am-4pm. Cathedral Sq, BB1 1FB
Collection of vintage buses and free heritage bus rides on routes around Blackburn. Buses leave Cathedral Square hourly from 11am to 3pm.
The Exchange Blackburn Resource Blackburn
Saturday 9 Sept. 71-73 King William Street, BB1 7DT
Guided hard hat tours of the old Cotton Exchange.
Tours at 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am 11.45am, 12.15pm, 12.45pm and 1.15pm. FREE Pre booking required via http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Blackburn Making Rooms
Saturday 9 Sept, 10am-2pm. 1 Exchange Street, BB1 7JN. Cost £8.00 to cover materials.
The Making Rooms has brought new life to previously vacant Art Deco style heritage building. Print your own t-shit at The Making Room’s Screen Printing Workshop. You must bring your own t-shirt or sweater to print on to. Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult. Booking required visit www.makingrooms.org
Blackburn Spice Festival
Saturday 9 Sept 11am-5pm, Church Street, Blackburn. FREE
Blackburn’s love of spice goes back generations and to celebrate Blackburn Market is hosting an outdoor Spice Festival with stalls and entertainment.
Holy Trinity Church
Saturday 9 Sept, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Mount Pleasant, BB1 5DQ. FREE
The Honour Choir performs song and spoken word to tell the stories of the men and women of World War 1.
Corporation Park Conservatory Fund Raiser
Sunday 10th Sept. 9.00am-2pm. Preston New Road, Blackburn, BB2 6AH. FREE
Car Boot Sale with all proceeds going towards restoration of the historic conservatory at Corporation Park. (sellers access from 8am £10.00 per pitch).
Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Official Launch Event
28th April 2017, 11:00-12:30, Blakey’s Cafe Bar, Northgate, Blackburn BB2 2DH
The Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project was formally launched on Friday 28th April 2017. To celebrate the occasion, businesses, property owners and other stakeholders in the area were invited to a VIP event. After a short presentation about the project, they where they were able to meet the team and find out more about the grants available and the kinds of property improvements that are eligible. As well as lots of businesses and town centre stakeholders, the event was attended by Kate Hollern MP for Blackburn.
A view fit for Gladstone? – Public consultation
Various town centre locations throughout January
A public consultation on the concept designs developed by landscape architects Planit-IE for the proposed public space improvements at Blakey Moor and Northgate. We would love to know what you think. We’ll also be looking at what a historic renovation could do for the Blakey Moor block and considering the type of uses that we would like to see in the vacant shops.
Heritage Events Workshop
15th December 2017
We are seeking organisation and individual’s to help us develop and deliver an exciting and innovative programme of community events and activities that will help raise the profile of the Gladstone’s View Project and engage people in the area’s rich history and heritage.
If you are interested in getting involved in this event, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01254 588958.
The Heritage Skills Gap – construction students event
Thursday 19th November 2015
3pm, Blackburn College
An information and consultation event for construction students at Blackburn College. Come along and find out about the specialist heritage skills that are needed to help restore and conserve our town’s historic buildings. Hear from experienced professionals about the variety of jobs and opportunities within the heritage building conservation field and help us develop a bespoke heritage skills training and work experience programme to complement Blackburn College’s Construction courses.
The Heritage Skills Gap – Blackburn College staff event
Thursday 19th November 2015
4pm, Blackburn College
A consultation event for Blackburn College staff. Help us develop a bespoke heritage skills training and work experience programme to complement Blackburn College’s Construction courses.
Students or staff interesting in attending these events should speak to Nick Hall, Business Engagement Manager at Blackburn College 01254 292848
Information event for property owners
Tuesday 6th October 2015
5pm-7pm, BB1 Café, 72 Northgate, Blackburn
An informal drop-in session for property owners and businesses in the area to meet the Gladstone’s View Team, find out more about the project and share your ideas.
Blackburn Heritage Festival
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September 2015
The Gladstone’s View Project will be hosting a range of events and activities as part of the Blackburn Town Centre Heritage Festival:
Town Centre Heritage Exhibition (Sat & Sun, Old Town Hall)
Find out about the Gladstone’s View Townscape Heritage Project and some of the interesting history and heritage of the area. A rare opportunity to view the Council historic photographic records of the town centre. Meet the Mayor of Blackburn and explore the Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chambers.
Gladstone’s View Talk and Tour (Sat & Sun, 11am and 2pm)
A short presentation about the project followed by a 10/20 min walking tour of the project area.
Gladstone’s View artists workshop (Saturday)
Around Gladstone’s statue, local community artist Rianon Francis will be helping members of the public to visualise what they would like Gladstone’s View to be in the future.
Paint The Town (Saturday and Sunday, from The Bureau)
A public challenge to create a painting in a day (Saturday), with a specific category focused on the Townscape Heritage Project area. Paintings to be exhibited and judged on Sunday at The Bureau Centre for the Arts. Prizes for junior, senior and our own special Townscape Heritage categories.
Pop-up Memory Café and Temperance Bar (Sat & Sun, BB1 at 72 Northgate)
To help inform development of the Townscape Heritage Project, people are invited to pop in to the Memory Café and share their memories and stories of the area around Northgate, Blakey Moor, Lord Street West and King Georges Hall. The Café will be also be celebrating the Temperance movement and as well as their normal offerings of Coffee and tea, they will also have a special menu of Sarsaparilla, dandelion and burdock, Eccles cakes, Lancashire cheese and black pudding nibbles and some old fashioned Stockleys sweets.