Many of us would have studied, or known someone who studied at Blackburn College over the years.

It started out as Blackburn Technical College back in 1888,

The Fielden Street centre specialised in engineering and textile courses, and introduced a-levels in 1984.

It had famous tutors including Sir Robert Howson Pickford, who was head of chemistry and principal from 1900 to 1920.

He went onto become the vice-chancellor of the University of London from 1937 to 1939.

The college has been a focal point to the community, as well as its students.

As we can see in the photos, a political fair for young people was held in the college, as well as visits from international friends, such as students from Qatar.

The Four Lane Ends Adult Learning Centre staff moved to the college in 1995.

It was one of five colleges in the north west to be awarded beacon status by the Quality Improvement Agency in September 2008.

The college now provides a range of qualifications, including a-levels, apprenticeships and diplomas through its university centre.

In September 2014, the college's new Regional Automotive Hub was officially opened in August 2014 by Carl Fogarty.