Local history

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Cottontown local history website

The Cottontown website is Blackburn with Darwen's local history and photography resource.

It contains a wealth of information and images about the history of both towns and their industrial heritage.

Community history at Blackburn Central Library

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

Please contact us in advance to make sure that support is available.

When a member of the specialist team is unavailable, other staff will help you as much as possible, but may need to refer your enquiry to a specialist for further support.

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

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

Family history

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

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

  • books and trade directories
  • birth, marriage and death indexes
  • cemetery records
  • census returns
  • ephemera and broadsheets
  • maps
  • newspapers dating back over 200 years
  • photographs
  • special collections.