Blackburn Cathedral is an Anglican (Church of England) cathedral situated in the heart of Blackburn town centre. For many centuries, this has been the Parish Church of Blackburn dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, before becoming a cathedral in 1926, when the Diocese of Blackburn was created. Essentially a Georgian building, the foundation is believed to date from the year 596.
As well as stunning architecture, it contains an impressive religious art collection, including the 35ft sculpture, ‘Healing of the Nation’ on its exterior. There are 56 different panels of coloured glass in the lantern tower with its aluminium spire, and the Cathedral houses a world class Walker organ which is played at their concerts or accompanying one of the seven choirs which broadcast regularly for the BBC. 10 bells, which were cast by Messrs John Taylor of Loughborough in 1949, are still rung in the “full circle” style today, and in the north transept the 15th century misericords remind us of the days when these “mercy seats” provided some level of comfort for those who had to stand for long periods of prayer.
Next month Blackburn Cathedral plays host to the ‘T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion’ exhibition as part of the British Textile Biennial, which will be presented in the crypt. The exhibition is spread over two sites, with Prism Contemporary (@prismcontemporary) also exhibiting part of the collection. The exhibition highlights the multi-faceted role of this humble garment. Through punk and politics to luxury fashion item, T-shirts broadcast who we are and who we want to be. Read more by visiting the link in our bio.
1 & 3 - by Blackburn Cathedral
2 - by Lancashire Telegraph
4 - by Immanuel Giel
5 - ‘Healing of the Nation’ sculpture, by Mark Jalland. Image by Ian Roberts.