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Blackburn Cathedral is hosting ‘the Knife Angel sculpture from November 4-29.  

The Knife Angel is the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression.  It’s a 27ft tall sculpture made by the British Ironwork Centre from over 100,000 knives which have been seized by the police or handed in and taken out of circulation and off the streets.  

People from across Lancashire and beyond can visit the installation next to the County's Anglican Cathedral all this month. 

The sculpture was created specifically as a focus for education and events highlighting both the negative effects of violent behaviour and our critical need for social change.   

The Knife Angel sculpture is situated in the grounds towards the rear of Blackburn Cathedral, and individuals and groups will be able to visit free of charge at any time. Find out how to get to the Cathedral on this website page

It is only necessary for groups to book if they wish to take part in a led session, or to lead their own workshop making use of a meeting room and downloadable resources. 

To book either a free room or a led session, email: knife-angel@blackburncathedral.co.uk  

Canon Missioner for the Cathedral, Rev. Canon Rowena Pailing, said today: “We are delighted to be hosting the Knife Angel at Blackburn Cathedral and the education programme which accompanies it. As a community of faith we stand against violence and aggression, and are working closely with other groups across Lancashire for a better, safer, life together, and to build a lasting legacy of peace.” 

  • For more about the Knife Angel visit the official website here
  • For Blackburn Cathedral website visit here

Knife Angel Faith Leaders' Workshop:   

  • Faith leaders’ workshop on Wednesday, November 17.  An opportunity during Interfaith Week to explore how faith leaders can understand and respond to knife crime.  Contact Andy Pratt, the Bishop of Blackburn's Interfaith Advisor on 07971 733971.