Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is asking local residents to help them celebrate their 150th birthday.

The museum are on the search for people in the borough that share their birthday - 11th June.

The team are producing a short film to celebrating their 150th anniversary and want to feature people born on the same date. 

Alys Rouncefield from the museum said: "We are asking people born on the same day as the museum – June 11th – to take part in a short video we will be filming, to be shown in our birthday month June.

"We will be asking for people’s fond memories of the museum, and their wish for the museum on it’s birthday."

The museum was closed temporarily on November 1, as £554,700 worth of repairs were carried out to 150-year-old roof.

The venue is now back open to the public, just in time for its 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Over the Easter the museum will also host a number of community events. On Wednesday (3 April) and Saturday (6 April) there will be Henna Painting with Samina, on Thursday (4 April) there will be Arabic Calligraphy with Razwan Ul-Haq.

Councillor Quesir Mahmood, deputy leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council and executive member for growth and development, said the museum will continue to tell stories that “reflect and engage the people of Blackburn”.

When it first opened its doors in 1874, it was one of the first purpose-built free museums to open outside London.

Today the Grade-II listed building, in Museum Street, houses a collection covering fine art including paintings by JMW Turner, decorative art, Egyptology including a genuine mummy, coins, manuscripts, natural history, social history and South Asian artefacts.

If you were born on 11 June then you can e-mail the museum on