Blackburn Youth Zone are currently running a 12-month project exploring Blackburn’s rich history of influential women. The Strong Sisters project is engaging members of Blackburn Youth Zone’s Girls Group who are researching the strong and rich heritage of women from Blackburn with Darwen and further afield with the aim of inspiring them to follow their own dreams and ambitions.
During May Half Term six members of the Strong Sisters group travelled over to Manchester where they visited Manchesters Central Library, the Peoples History Museum and the Ahmed Iqbal Education Centre. The trip allowed them to gain a greater insight into how women have played key roles in events throughout history such as the Suffragette movement, establishment of the Lancashire Women’s Centre and women in Parliament, including Margaret Thatcher.
The project, is running throughout 2019, with the girls visiting a variety of places to assist with their research, next on the list is the Houses of Parliament in London.
The girls will be delivering various exhibitions throughout the project both at Blackburn Youth Zone and Blackburn Museum, the first of which is held at Blackburn Youth Zone on Sunday 30th June, 1:30pm-3:30pm and is open to the general public.