Blackburne House Women’s Education centre adds social and historical value to route in June 2012
Blackburne House, Women’s Education Centre and award winning pioneering social enterprise is delighted with the news that the Olympic touch is set to pass directly in front of its historic entrance on the 1st June this year.
Situated on Hope Street, in the Heart of Liverpool’s famous Georgian Quarter, Blackburne House has a long history of educating the women of the city. First opened in 1844 as Liverpool’s only girls school, and eventually being identified by the Women’s Technology & Education Centre as the ideal building to grow and develop their aims of providing education, training and opportunities to those women in the local community who were hardest to reach. Now with over 20 years experience, and thousands of women’s lives transformed, Blackburne House is one of the UKs leading education centres.
To make its educational aims possible, provide work experience and support the local economy, Blackburne House Education, as it is now known, sets up and runs its own social enterprises – these include a Cafe Bar, Conference Centre, Children’s Day Nursery, Graphic Design Studio, Women’s Health Spa, Honey Apiary and, most recently, BH Maintenance – a maintenance and construction company run entirely by women.
BLACKBURNE House Education look to non traditional areas where women are most under-represented and provide training and courses geared to enable women to enter and thrive in male dominated careers such as construction. In order to address the inequalities in the construction trade, the Blackburne House Construction Training Academy was set up in 2010 – training women in the vital skills of plastering, tiling, bricklaying, joinery, plumbing and more. It is the women from the Training Academy who become many of the highly skilled tradeswomen employed by BH Maintenance Ltd.
Blackburne House was most recently recognised at the prestigious Women in Construction Awards 2012 as ‘Best Training Scheme’. The awards, now in their sixth year, provide a showcase for the brightest and the best female achievers in the house-building and wider construction industries.
As one of Liverpool’s grandest grade 2 listed buildings, Blackburne House is regularly used as a period backdrop for filming locations, spring 2012 will see the building as location for the filming of The Secret of Crickley Hall for the BBC, starring Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey, Single Father, Five Days) which is set to air in the Autumn.
As the eyes of the world turn to the UK and to Liverpool as the Olympic Torch makes its journey to begin the games, Blackburne House hope to use the opportunity to raise awareness of their continuing aims of education for women and social enterprise.
For the full street by street listing of the Olymipic Torch Route visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17358291