The Heritage Volunteer Project on the diaries from 1894 – 1918 of Backburn business man and philanthropist James Hargreaves has now come to an end. Thanks to the hard work of a team of 14 volunteers who painstakingly transcribed the 23 hand written diaries, subsequently a CD-ROM of the whole collection was produced. The project was funded partially by our Arts Society and by a memeber of the Hargreaves family. Congratulations to all involved.

The possibility of producing a printed copy of the diaries is also under consideration providing there is sufficient interest to help with the funding of such a venture.

James Hargreaves, a merchant who lived in Blackburn, took to writing diaries of important and personal events around the turn of the 19th Century. They reveal, with compelling immediacy, his reactions to the Titanic and the Great War!