Blackburn Local History Society has now closed

After more than 28 years of promoting Local History in Blackburn and the wider Lancashire area, the committee decided to close in December 2017. Unfortunately, because of ill health, family commitments and the difficulties of advancing age the committee felt we could no longer administer the running of the society to the standard it deserves.

This is why we took the difficult decision to end our activities and to redistribute the funds within our accounts to the Friends of Blackburn Old Cemetery. The Friends of Blackburn Cemetery aim to maintain and conserve the cemetery, the final resting place of some of Blackburn’s most notable residents. We hope you agree this is a fitting way to continue the spirit of the history society.

If you are looking for help with your local history research, Blackburn Library continues to be a fantastic place to carry out your research with dedicated staff who we are sure will be able to help you with your specific enquiries. If you are looking to find out more about the history of Blackburn, the Cotton Town website is a great resource which we are sure will be of use.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Blackburn Local History Society since its inception in 1989.  To every speaker, contributor to our newsletter and journal and every member who has attended a meeting or outing we are very grateful for your contribution and hope you continue your interest and research in Blackburn’s local history.

Best wishes,

Blackburn Local History Society’s Committee.

We are very sad to announce that Ray Smith, our chairman for many years passed away on Saturday 5th May 2018.

Ray was a well known local historian and author of pictorial histories of the Blackburn area. He was also a very active member of many local groups and was proudly the last member of the Blackburn Caledonian Curling Society.

He will be sadly missed by members of the former Blackburn Local History Society and, we are sure, by the wider community.