Children learn how to #BeMoreBarbara to celebrate Jubilee Sq memorial

Published Monday 7 February 2022 at 15:25

Children across Blackburn have been learning about the life and achievements of Barbara Castle as part of Blackburn Children’s University passport project work.

Asked to write an essay about the Baroness with extra points for visiting the bronze memorial unveiled back in October 2021.

Here are some of the essays and photos produced by local children:

project work sheet

child's essay section

child's project sheet

child's essay

child's drawing of Barbara Castle


Blackburn with Darwen’s Executive member for Growth and Development, Cllr Phil Riley said:

I’m delighted that Barbara is inspiring the next generation in Blackburn. The new memorial is a great work of art celebrating one of our great female leaders. The Baroness showed us how to stand up and be counted, at a time when women were few and far between in the houses of power. We should all make 2022 the year to #BeMoreBarbara.

Blackburn Children’s University manager, Sara Burton said:

Around 20 children from several schools took part in the #BeMoreBarbara project. It’s wonderful that local children have the chance to get to know such a famous Blackburn leader – even get a selfie with her! I know Barbara will inspire our next generation to fight for what they believe in.

Blackburn Children’s University (BCU) is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. This is achieved by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school. The impact of these activities is proven to be positive which is why BCU is committed to creating a level playing field of opportunity and opening up access to children of all backgrounds.

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