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Come and see the knife angel at blackburn cathedral

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THE Knife Angel


We are excited to welcome the Knife Angel, the national monument against violence and aggression, created by Alfie Bradley in collaboration with the British Ironwork Centre. The giant 27ft sculpture, made of over 100,000 seized and surrendered knives, was built to inspire change. Acting as a catalyst for dialogue, education, and reflection, the Knife Angel highlights the negative impact this type of violent crime can have on individuals, families and communities and the critical need for society to change.

We hope that you take part in the Knife Angel’s visit to Lancashire. It will be located outside Blackburn Cathedral 4th-29th November 2021.

The Knife Angel on Tour

The Knife Angel has already toured 13 UK towns and cities, making significant impact to individuals, families and communities, but it has not previously been to Lancashire.

It is much more than just a sculpture, and so while the Knife Angel is with us, there will also be amnesty boxes where knives can be safely deposited, a peace vigil and civic reception, in addition to the core educational programme for schools and community groups.

Plan Your Visit

The Knife Angel sculpture will be situated in the grounds towards the rear of Blackburn Cathedral and will be accompanied by several information panels providing further information about the sculpture. Individuals and groups will be able to visit free of charge at any time and do not need to book unless they are wanting to make use of a meeting room.

To book either a free room or a led session, please email:
Plan your visit

Photography Competition

Get behind the lens to enter the Knife Angel photography competition!

The national competition run by the British Ironwork Centre is for everyone, whether you're a keen amateur or budding professional.

A local winner will also be chosen by our judging panel in the last week of November. Deadline for entries is midnight on Monday 22nd November! Find out more below.
Photography competition

Local Partnerships

Bringing the Knife Angel to Lancashire is a partnership between the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network, Blackburn Cathedral and Blackburn with Darwen Council. Representatives from other educational and community groups have been involved in the planning, so that the educational programme can best meet the needs of all our local communities and reach as many people across Lancashire as possible.

Knife Angel Facts

• 4 years in the making

27 feet tall

• Made from 100,000 seized and surrendered blades

• Created by artist Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire

• On display in Blackburn as part of a UK tour, having previously been seen in Birmingham, Coventry, Hull and Liverpool.

• Available to see for free in Blackburn until 29th November


We have curated a selection of resources to support your visit and engagement with the Knife Angel:

• Campaigns available for organisations to use

• Educational materials for schools and community groups to support their visit

• Support organisations for those affected by knife crime

Visit our resources page

You can read more about the Knife Angel on the British Ironwork Centre website by clicking below


Blackburn Cathedral is at the heart of Blackburn town centre, close to the train and bus stations and public car parking. Visit the Blackburn Cathedral website for full information on accessibility and how to find us.

For further information please email us on:


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