Finding Mr Hart
At the dawn of the 20th century, Robert Edward Hart lived a quiet life in Blackburn, managing the family rope-making business. Few people realised he was spending his family’s wealth to create one of Britain’s most impressive book and coin collections. Using interviews, letters, business records, and Hart’s personal notes, this creative theatre show takes audiences into the quiet but imaginative world of one of Britain’s most important collectors. Performed as a staged reading in Senate House (London) followed by a full staging at the historic Cotton Exchange (Blackburn). Written by Christopher Adams. Directed by Will Maynard. Partners included RE:SOURCE, RummageRescuers, and HSL, with funding from the Being Human Festival.
Listen to playwright Christopher Adams discuss Finding Mr Hart on BBC Radio 3.
Read an evaluation of the project from Dr Cynthia Hart on the Being Human Blog.
Blackburn's Worthy Citizen Podcast
A fifteen-minute podcast about the life of Robert Edward Hart. Written by Dr Cynthia Johnston. Directed by Dr Graham Foster. With funding provided by the Train and Engage programme at University College London.
Listen to the podcast here.
Columbian Printing Press
The Museum's Columbian printing press was re-assembled in 2016, and is now used in community printing classes.
Read about the re-assembly here.
Watch Caroline Wilkinson, Curator of History at the Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, discuss the press here.
Shakespeare at the Museum
Co-inciding with the exhibition of the first four Shakespeare folios at the Musueum, Senior Research Fellow Professor Sir Brian Vickers delivered a lecture on the occasion.
Watch a brief video of SRF Professor Sir Brian Vickers talking about the importance of the folios in the Museum.