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BBC Northwest Tonight visits The Exchange

Ex-cinema staff and patrons came to our Heritage Open Days event in 2017, which attracted the attention of BBC Northwest Tonight. Trustees, Dr Alastair Murdoch and Jill Mitchell talked to presenter, Beccy Barr. This film also features the late Ray Smith of Blackburn History Society and ex-cinema manager, Rory Lushman.

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Rory’s Stories for Heritage Open Days

When The Exchange team put an appeal out for memories on Facebook’s discussion groups, we were delighted to receive messages from a number of ex-cinema staff who have been sharing their photographs, souvenirs and memories. One of those, Rory Lushman began working at The Exchange as a projectionist in 1981 when it was a Classic…

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BBC Northwest Tonight

We’re delighted that The Exchange, Blackburn has been selected as a preview location for BBC Northwest Tonight’s coverage of Heritage Open Days. Presenter and Lancashire reporter, Beccy Barr interviewed trustees, Dr Alastair Murdoch and Jill Mitchell last week in advance of the free hard hat tours which will take place on Saturday 9 September. Ray…

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Counting down to Heritage Open Days

  There’s a buzz in the air as we prepare to open the doors for a limited programme of exciting events starting on Saturday 9 September when we take part in Heritage Open Days. This is the UK’s largest grass roots celebration of history and culture with over 5,000 free events offering visitors the chance…

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Engage with the Exchange, Re:Source’s new website launched

A group of volunteers set up to rescue and regenerate one of Blackburn’s most iconic historic buildings have worked with media agency Square Cactus to launch a new website dedicated to the restoration of the Cotton Exchange on King William Street. Exclusive inside photos show how the building looks today. The images on the website…

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