Blackburn benefactor to come to life in new play

Published Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 13:22

Finding Mr Hart is a new play about the life of the Blackburn-based collector Robert Edward Hart.

Robert Edward Hart left his large collection of books and coins to Blackburn Museum when he died in 1946. The collection included William Caxton’s printed works, almost 8,000 coins, and clay tablets dating back from 2000 BC. Born in Blackburn in the 1870s, Mr Hart lived a quiet life as the manager of his family’s rope-making firm. There were few that realised Mr Hart was creating one of Britain’s most impressive collections.

Finding Mr Hart will be performed at The Exchange, 71-73 King William Street, Blackburn BB1 7DT. The performance will take place on Friday November, 24 at 5.30pm and will last about 60 minutes. This will be followed by a reception in the Museum.

The play is part of the Being Human Festival, a national festival of the humanities organised by the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The play is supported by the Institute of English Studies, the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Re:Source and Rummage Rescuers.

Blackburn Museum and the University of London have been working together since 2015 to carry out academic research on the collection R.E. Hart left to the museum in 1946.

Tickets are £2.50 and can be reserved online.



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