Who we are
Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is housed in a beautiful 'Arts and Crafts' style building in the town centre and was one of the first museums to open outside London, in 1874, housing collections that are both locally and internationally significant. It features the largest collection of Christian icons outside London's Victoria and Albert Museum, Britain's second largest collection of Japanese woodblock prints and the only permanent gallery of Indian and Pakistani culture in the North West. The museum also houses Egyptian hieroglyphs, numerous watercolours and oil paintings, ceramics, textile machinery, an outstanding collection of coins, books, medieval manuscripts and prints and even a real Egyptian mummy dating back to the 1st century AD! A trip to Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is a great way to inspire your pupils and support both teaching and learning in the classroom; the museum staff have long experience of working with schools and bringing your curriculum to life. Taught sessions can be based around the following themes: World War One, Life in Ancient Egypt, Victorian town life, World War Two Home Front, Toys and Portraits.