<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Lancashire Life today click here

5 reasons to visit the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 April 2015 | UPDATED: 23:22 23 October 2015

A painting in Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery fails to appreciate a performance at a Night at the Museum event

A painting in Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery fails to appreciate a performance at a Night at the Museum event

Derren Lee Poole

Arts manager Rebecca Johnson selects five of her favourite treasures from the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery collection.

One of the treasures from Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery's collection of Japanese prints One of the treasures from Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery's collection of Japanese prints

Prints

There’s an astounding collection of Japanese woodblock prints. A small selection is on show and they feature examples by the great masters Hokusai, Kunisado and Toyokuni, telling stories such as the drama about the 47 ronin who seek revenge for the murder of their master. It is the largest collection outside of London.

Bugs at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery Bugs at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Beetles

These are a perennial favourite of visitors to the museum. This collection of almost 3,000 beetles from all around the world was given to the museum over 100 years ago. It is a hugely valuable resource for naturalists, particularly as several species are now extinct. Stuffing animals and collecting them was at the height of its popularity in the Victorian age when for the first time a significant number of people had money to throw around and some leisure time in which to do it.

Arts manager Rebecca Johnson with Frederic Leighton’s painting Mother and Child, better known as Cherries in the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery Arts manager Rebecca Johnson with Frederic Leighton’s painting Mother and Child, better known as Cherries in the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Cherries

This is a classic example of a Victorian interior scene, painted by Frederic, Lord Leighton, which features a beautiful young mother and her lovely child. This sentimental work, on ther wall behind Rebecca, allowed the artist to display his great skills. It is always in great demand for exhibitions and has been shown in galleries all over the world.

The Forge by James Sharples The Forge by James Sharples

The Forge

This is a remarkable painting by James Sharples who started to work in a Blackburn foundry at the age of ten. He taught himself to read and write but his talent for drawing was discovered by his workmates as he chalked out designs on the foundry floor. He repaid their encouragement by making this painting of them at work. It is one of our most travelled works of art, having been exhibited all over the world.

William Shakespeare William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s folio

The museum is extremely lucky to own a first, second and third edition of Shakespeare’s works. The third that dates from 1664 is particularly rare as a large number of them were destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. They were left to the museum by one of our main benefactors Robert Edward Hard a local rope manufacturer who died in 1946.

When it opened in the late 19th century, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery was one of the first purpose-built free museums outside London and it houses an impressive collection of important art, a fascinating Egyptian gallery and a wealth of items relating to social and natural history.

It also hosts live music events as part of the Night at the Museum programme organised by Blackburn is Open, a scheme which aims to find creative ways to regenerate the town.

blackburnmuseum.org.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Lancashire Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Lancashire Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Lancashire Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Lancashire’s Walney Island looks like becoming an established breeding ground for grey seals.

Read more
Friday, November 17, 2017

This remarkable garden can whisk you on a horticulture tour of the world. Linda Viney took a trip

Read more
Monday, November 13, 2017

A fantastic end to 2017 is in store at the annual equestrian event in the centre of Liverpool.

Read more
Monday, November 13, 2017

John Lenehan heads for Gisburn to walk by the Ribble and sample the delights of the Auction Mart Cafe.

Read more
Monday, November 13, 2017

This busy community might sometimes feel like the village that time forgot, but it’s full of people who help themselves. Martin Pilkington reports

Read more
Silverdale
Monday, November 6, 2017

Follow our short guide to a festive trip to Lytham this Christmas.

Read more
Christmas
Monday, November 6, 2017

Windermere is dependent on tourism, but when the holidaymakers have left there remains a thriving village community

Read more
Windermere
Monday, November 6, 2017

The 218th Westmorland County Show welcomed HRH The Prince of Wales

Read more
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Is it a helicopter? Is it a plane? It’s neither. Or maybe both. Paul Mackenzie meets a man offering a unique bird’s eye view of the Lake District.

Read more
Lake District

It may only be a small town, but these home grown products are causing a big stir

Read more
Ormskirk
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

While conservation work is important globally, The Lancashire Wildlife Trust is stressing the need to think locally too. Alan Wright discusses the important of wildlife close to home.

Read more
Lancashire Wildlife
Monday, October 23, 2017

There are many reasons why the Forest of Bowland is designated Area of Natural Beauty, we’ve picked our favourite spots that we think you will love too.

Read more
Bowland
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The ‘Rural Oscars’ Are Back

Read more
Monday, October 16, 2017

It may not be the Serengeti but the stunning countryside around Nicky Nook will make a perfect location for eco-holidays. Roger Borrell reports.

Read more
Bowland Scorton
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter


Subscribe or buy a mag today

Lancashire Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Lancashire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search