Blackburn Museum online history lessons

Published Tuesday 15 December 2020 at 15:39

The latest episode of online history lessons from Blackburn Museum is streaming now on their YouTube channel for residents to enjoy.

The pandemic has resulted in many of our beloved public spaces being closed to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. This has put a pause on regular school visits to the museum, with many children missing out on the popular class outing. Blackburn Museum decided to take more of their exhibits online. The latest series ‘Tales from the Collections’ is available now for residents of all ages to stream history direct to their homes.

‘Blackburn on the eve of the Industrial Revolution’ is their first local history video, looking at the first map of Blackburn, drawn in 1737. Taking a ‘then and now’ approach, mixing contemporary photographs with the map, and finally taking a look at the museum’s single largest object – a cruck frame from inside one of the houses on the map.

Blackburn with Darwen’s Executive Member for Wellbeing, Councillor Damian Talbot, said: “It’s wonderful that in spite of all the difficulties that we’ve faced this year we are still able to accommodate some museum learning.  The museum’s YouTube channel is a great way to illustrate local history.”

Blackburn Museum education officer Stephen Irwin said “We know a lot of children will be disappointed that they can’t visit the museum. This is our way of sharing our collections with families in Blackburn with Darwen, so that they can still experience and enjoy learning about history while the pandemic is ongoing.”

Watch Local History – Blackburn on the eve of the Industrial Revolution – YouTube


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