- NO MAN'S LAND - Ribcaged Productions
- DUETS by BLACKBURN DRAMA CLUB
- OCTOBER MONDAY CLUB VARIETY
- LAUGH OUT LOUD WITH STEVE ROYLE & PHIL WALKER
- MY DALEK HAS A PUNCTURE
- John’s Tribute to Genesis returns to the Empire
- Theatre’s history in the Spotlight
- Big Country Show comes to Town
- Generous Theatre Donation
- Passing of a special friend
- Chairman's Letter July 2014
- Our Ernie's Birthday
- Aladdin Was Just Magic
- The Wanderer Returns!
- Panto for 2014 announced!
- Chairman's Remarks
- Gift from Peter Street
- Aladdin Cast Revealed
- Proscenium Arch Inaugurated
- Chairman's Remarks Sept 2013
- Chris & Pui Roadshow
- Empire Builder Update
- JUST GIVING now available
- Foggarty Wows 'Em
- Santa comes early to the Empire
- Pantomime Cast
- Debut making a welcome return
- Blackburn Comes To Blackburn
- Tony Blackburn live broadcast
- The Passing Of A True Theatre Friend
- Egg Heads champion C J de Mooi coming to the Empire
- PANTO REVISITED APRIL 5th
- Josephine Cox, bestselling author
- Pre Theatre Suppers at The Clog and Billycock
- New Roof Appeal Launched
- White Bull visit Panto and meet cast
- MONDAY CLUB 2012 MEMBERSHIP NOW OPEN
- Talents Will Out
- Jim & Betty Wilkinson - still supporting the theatre
- Death of a Blackburn legend
- An unexpected gift!
- Oh! What a Night!
- If These Bricks Could Talk - School productions
- The Volunteers Book hot off the presses!
- Coronation Street Stars Raise Funds for Maddi
- If These Bricks Could Talk PLAY READING 27th APRIL
- Golden Oldies keeeeeeeeeeeeep dancing!
- Mitchell & Kenyon Screening Success
- Indian Dancers join the team
- Community Performance
- Read All About It !
- Centenary Plans Revealed
- If These Bricks Could Talk
- History Book Launch
- Fund Raising Birthday Bash Success
- Gala Dinner is a Sell Out!
- 'Dancing on Ice' star gets her skates on for theatre
- EMPIRE100 Raise the Roof appeal Online Auction
- Harriet heads up Happy Birthday Year for the Empire
- "Shearer or Me!" NODA Award
- Daisy is as pretty as her picture
- Youth Theatre's 'bin' successful
- DOWNLOAD THE AUCTION CATALOGUE
- New Century New Team
- Eeeee-Pie Gum - Theatre auctions Hollands Pies on Ebay
- GO's on Tour - TV Stardom!
- THEATRE G.O.'S GO ON TOUR!
- WANTED! Memories of Cinema-Going in Blackburn
- Leaking Roof!
- Urgent Appeal for Volunt-'ears'
- Herd of cows arrives at BBC Radio Lancashire
- EMPIRE ARCHIVISTS LATEST FIND
- History Detective's brilliant discovery
- History Detectives reveal little known link with Thwaites
- DESIGN DAISY THE COW WINNER ANNOUNCED!
- Silver Stars strike Gold!
- SLICE LATEST NEWS!
- Jim Bowen celebrates his Golden Wedding Anniversary
- Freemasons Partnership
- Happy Birthday Eric!
- Melanie leads the history detectives!
- Fruits of Married Bliss!
- AN UDDER GREAT PANTOMIME COMPETITION
- BE PART OF THIS PRODUCTION!
- WE NEED YOUR MEMORIES!
- JOIN THE TEAM!
- Centenary Gala Dinner
- You've been framed!
- CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NOMINATIONS
- Go Mo and O!
- Rt Hon Jack Straw MP
- The EMPIRE Strikes Back!
- 2010 Launch date. We have liftoff!
- Eric's a good Egg!
- Life through a lens
- Happy Memories at The Empire
- Silver Stars Debut
- Newsletter November - December 2008
- Good Luck Harriet!
- Leading Ladies Laughter Spot!
- A WIZARD evening
- Resident Musical Director
- Debut for Ugly Duckling
- A surprise performance!
- School visits the theatre
- Monday Club at The Blues Bar
- Surprise Donation -"Out of the Blue"
- Monday Club update
- Monday Club 100
History Detectives reveal little known link with Thwaites
The team of Empire Archivists have been working through the summer to collate the full history of the theatre in time for the centenary of the venue in 2010.
Historian and volunteer, Melanie Warren has spent time pouring over the original legal deeds and discovered to her surprise that the original land by the side of the river was owned by Elma Yerburgh, the only child of Daniel Thwaites II. Melanie said 'Some people will already know this fact but it's the sort of detail that we are re-unearthing and making sure we document as part of the story of the fascinating building, that may have been lost.'
Harriet Roberts, Chief Executive said she was delighted to find out that there has always been a link with Thwaites right from the beginning and that it's almost like history has come full circle with the generous support and sponsorship that has made the renovation of the building possible in recent years.
Do you have information about the Empire Theatre for the history detectives - call, ring, email.
Elma Yerburgh (1864-1946)
The only child of Daniel Thwaites II, she assumed complete control of the firm on her father's death when she was only 24. Nine years later, when the limited company was formed, she was appointed Chairman, which she remained until her death in 1946.
Elma became a legend in her own lifetime. A shrewd businesswoman, she had no time for inefficiency. However, despite her cool, calculating business brain, she still remained a sentimental woman, who was always aware of other people's needs. The many appeals for help received by her rarely, if ever, fell on deaf ears.
As one of the most generous benefactors of Blackburn, her kindness earned her the title of 'Lady Bountiful'. Blackburn Royal Infirmary, of which she was president for 11 years, received a lot of help from her. She and her husband gave approximately £40,000, laid a foundation stone in the War Memorial Ward and subsequently opened the ward in 1928. Nine years later, the ward was named after her.
In 1888, the year she took control of the brewery, she married Robert Armstrong Yerburgh, MP for Chester for 26 years, who died in 1916. She was given the freedom of Blackburn in 1935 and was a County Magistrate. She was also invited to become the town's Mayor, but decided to decline the offer.
One story of Elma Yerburgh sums up the traditional family way she ran her business. She was well known in the brewery for walking around and asking about the welfare of her employees. If there had been a long illness in the family of a worker, an envelope containing a pound or two found its way into needy hands. When told that, now and again, someone had taken advantage of her generosity, she splendidly replied: 'As long as I do not miss helping someone in real need, I can stand being bitten.'
Release Date: Thursday 6 August 2009