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THE Knife Angel


Throughout November 2021 The Knife Angel, created by Alfie Bradley in collaboration with the British Ironwork Centre, visited Lancashire where it was on display outside Blackburn Cathedral. 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.

On these pages you can find out more about the Knife Angel and how individuals, groups, and communities engaged with it during its stay.

The Knife Angel on Tour

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

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

Impact of Knife Crime

Local people who have been affected by knife crime wanted to share their stories in hope that they will save lives. Hear their new perspectives on knife crime on our powerful videos.
Watch their videos

Photography Competition

Over 650 people got behind the lens to enter Lancashire’s local Knife Angel photography competition!

The national competition run by the British Ironwork Centre is still accepting entries for photographs taken during the Knife Angel’s tour.
Photography competition

Local Partnerships

Bringing the Knife Angel to Lancashire was a partnership between the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, Lancashire Violence Reduction Network, Blackburn Cathedral and Blackburn with Darwen Council.
Representatives from other educational and community groups were involved in the planning, so that the educational programme could 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.


We have curated a selection of resources to support schools and community groups:

• Campaigns available for organisations to use

• Educational materials for schools and community groups

• Support organisations for those affected by knife crime.
Visit our resources page

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


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