Local history

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Community history service - Blackburn central library

Local History

The library offers a specialist service to assist with local and family history research, e.g. sourcing images for a book, assisting with research for a thesis, providing access to special collections.

Customers are advised to contact us in advance to ensure the required support is available.

When a member of the Community History team is unavailable, the staff on the enquiry desk will help you as much as possible, but may need to refer your enquiry on.

If you wish to leave your enquiry with us, please complete an enquiry form, providing as much information as possible and we will look into your query and endeavour to respond within 5 working days.

If you would prefer to make an appointment with a member of the Community History staff, please contact us and leave your contact details.

Family history

If you are researching your family tree or are interested in local history and heritage then Blackburn central library holds the borough's main local studies collections.

Staff will be happy to help you access these resources that include:

  • books;
  • local newspapers dating back over 200 years;
  • maps;
  • photographs;
  • census returns;
  • parish registers;
  • birth, marriage and death indexes.

Reveille: a First World War remembrance project funded by Heritage Lottery

The Heritage Lottery funded Reveille project, has created a virtual memorial for local men who were lost in battle.  Its purpose is to conserve the records of those who perished on the Somme in the First World War.

Over three hundred local soldiers have no gravestones, but have their name etched on the Thiepval memorial, you can view the records of local men who are commemorated at Thiepval here.

Thanks are due to the volunteers who helped to create these records by generously contributing their time and expertise. Volunteer recruitment is on-going.

You may also be able to help by providing information. If a Thiepval soldier is a family member, you may have anecdotal data and/or photographs which we could add to their record.

To offer support or for further information please contact us.

You can view an informative video on the Reveille project below.


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Contact details

Mail Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn. BB2 1AG
Phone Number(s)  
Fax Number(s) 01254 661221
E-mail library@blackburn.gov.uk
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