We're Moving!

The Bureau Centre for The Arts has a new home!

Some of you may have seen the news already, heard it on the grapevine or sneakily seen some of our volunteers having a bit of a tidy-up last week but it's finally happening and we can say it!

We we are moving from our current home on Penny Street to the former Lewis Textile Museum on Exchange Street.

The Lewis Textile Museum was opened in 1934 and was bequeathed to the people of Blackburn by a local cotton industrialist, Thomas Boys Lewis.

This wonderful building holds a special place in the hearts of generations of people in the borough and beyond, and we are thrilled to be its latest custodians and bringing it back into creative community usage.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council have invested passion, time and money into helping us secure this space following the news that our current building had been sold for development and we would like to thank them for their continued support.

Whilst The Lewis is smaller than our existing home, it has lift access across three of the four floors and there is plenty of room for our current programme as well as future plans (including a veggie/vegan cafe).

We will be situated next to The Making Rooms, round the corner from Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery and over the road from The Exchange, so even more opportunities for collaboration.


Over the next 3 months we will be gradually moving from Penny Street to Exchange Street and we will keep you updated on which sessions are being held where.

Read all about it in a new article, including comment from Cllr Phil Riley (Leader of BwD Council) in The Shuttle here!

Announced March 5th 2024