An exhibition showcasing the riches gathered by the great-collector philanthropists of the booming industrial North West.

Having enjoyed phenomenal success at Two Temple Place in London we’re delighted that the exhibition has come home to Blackburn with curator, Dr Cynthia Johnston who is in town for the launch as part of Blackburn Heritage Festival.

As the cotton mills boomed,bringing development and deprivation hand in hand, this group of prominent industrialists privately, and sometimes secretively, poured their wealth into some of the finest and most astonishing collections in the country. Exceedingly rare Roman coins, priceless medievalmanuscripts, Turner watercolours, Tiffany glass, Japanese prints, Byzantine icons, ivory sculptures and even preserved beetles and a Peruvian mummy.
Get lost amongst the treasure and the taxidermy as Cotton to Gold seeks out the stories behind these characters and what motivated them to give it all away. Discover their
complicated relationship with the fast-developing world in which they lived and ask yourself are times really so different.

Opening Times

Saturday 12 September: 10am – 4pm

Sunday 13 September: 12pm – 4pm

Blackburn With Darwen Borough Council, Museum Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7AJ