Welcome to the Friends of Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

What We Do

We support Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

We act as ambassadors

We help with the restoration of artefacts and art

We have a programme of events and a regular newsletter

We raise funds

Membership is open to all

Featured FBM&AG items

Monthly Talks

Usually 2nd Tuesday of the month, members – FREE, non members £2 (Become a member here)

Who We Are

Blackburn Psalter, Adoration of the Magi. English, 13th century.

The Friends of Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery was founded in 1982 to help in promoting and supporting the Museum.

We raise funds to expand the collection with purchases of, for example, a 16th Century icon, a set of local tobacco jars, and sculptures and paintings by local artists.

We help with the restoration of paintings and other exhibits and assist with funds for building work.

We also act as ambassadors for the Museum, acting independently in their interests, spreading the word and encouraging people to visit.

We have a lively programme of events, including lectures (free to members), fund raising events, day trips and longer visits to historic sites, exhibitions and other collections.

Members also receive a newsletter, Tela, twice a year which contains general articles as well as more specific Friends related material.

We are members of The British Association of Friends of Museums.

Officers of the Friends

President: Joy Heffernan

Chairman: Valerie Miles

Hon. Secretary: Mike Millward

Hon. Treasurer: Ken Ford

About The Museum & Art Gallery

The Museum & Art Gallery has a lively programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

As well as the amazing art and history displays there are special exhibitions, craft sessions for families, Young Artists Open competitions, creative workshops, fascinating talks, Video Open Calls and lots, lots more!

Opening Times

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

12 – 4:45pm

Closed Sunday/Monday/Tuesday and all Bank Holidays.

Entry to the Museum is free.

Please support our work…

become a member for only £10 per year!
Here’s what you’ll get:
  • A Lively Programme of Talks
  • A Regular Newsletter
  • Exclusive Invitations to Private Views and VIP Events
  • A Range of Social Events, Day Trips and Visits
  • Involvement in Blackburn’s Rich Heritage
  • Participate in Fundraising