The Exchange Blackburn

Embracing the past to transform the future


Re:Source charity was set up by Re:Ignite Church to purchase, restore and manage “The Exchange” (former Apollo Cinema and Tiggis’ restaurant) in September 2015 to transform it into a vibrant, diverse destination for the town. The derelict Grade II listed building is rich in history but holds promise for the future.

It’s time for The Exchange to stand for something new; it’s time for it to become a destination again.


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Our Vision

The transformation of Blackburn


To play a significant role in the fulfilment, wellbeing and transformation of Blackburn.


Our Mission

To bring the Exchange back into sustainable use


To bring the Exchange back into sustainable use as a vibrant and diverse venue and to deliver activities which inspire hope, creativity and excellence for people and communities.

Working with the local community and business partners, the building will once again come alive and flourish.


Our Values

We think and dream big


We treat others as we would like to be treated! We recognise that each person is unique, has value and should be treated equally with dignity and respect


We always strive to do the right thing! We value honesty, openness, trust and personal responsibility in all our interactions, behaviour and practices


We bring our best! We are committed to continuous improvement to create the best possible outcomes and face challenges with optimism


We think and dream big! We are open to new ideas, embrace change and celebrate bold creativity


We believe in people and their dreams! Creating an environment which helps develop and encourage each person to reach their full potential and achieve their ambitions


We are stronger together! We value relationships, and encourage a spirit of collaboration, mutual support and fun

Our Themes

At the heart of Blackburn’s cultural history

Arts, Culture and Heritage

The Exchange is at the heart of Blackburn’s cultural history. As an iconic, awe-inspiring building, providing one of the largest performance and exhibition events spaces in Lancashire, it will be a place to inspire, create, entertain and be entertained.

Community and Cohesion

Cotton manufacturing is at the root of our history. Our heritage as The Cotton Exchange links us intrinsically with the diversity of communities and generations that make up the population of Blackburn with Darwen. The Exchange will be a place for projects that bring about cohesion, conversations and collaboration.

Health and Wellbeing

The Exchange aims to become a venue which can host a variety of health and wellbeing organisations, programmes and workshops, including dance, fitness and wellbeing training and education events. We will work in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and other agencies in support of the local health and well-being strategy
“Start Well, Live Well, Age Well”.

Learning and Enterprise

The charity, Re:Source will run The Exchange as a commercially viable business, generating income through venue hire, ticketed events, merchandising, concessions and sponsorship for the ongoing running and maintenance costs of the building.


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71-73 King William Street,
Blackburn, BB1 7DT.


+44 7368 112237

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