A fascinating presentation by the curator of ‘Cotton to Gold’, Dr Cynthia Johnston, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London in 1878. The Hart family business, Thomas Hart Ltd, manufactured ropes that powered the cotton mills in the North West, and all over the world. The success of the business created great financial wealth for the family. For Edward Hart, as he was known, that wealth enabled him to pursue two passions.

The first was the building of his world-class collection of manuscripts and books and his equally important collection of coins. The Hart Collection of Roman coins in the museum is the only complete run of Roman Imperial coins outside of the British Museum.

But Hart was also passionately committed to the community of Blackburn. He greatest gift was the purchase of Witton Park for the Town in 1945.

Cynthia explains, ‘In this talk I will discuss the treasures that Hart brought to Blackburn and left ‘to the people of the town’ upon his death in 1946. I will also describe his many acts of philanthropy which characterised how he led his life, and how Hart’s gifts still have a major impact on Blackburn today.’

Opening Times

Saturday 12 September: Talk 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

Blackburn With Darwen Borough Council, Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1AH