Level 2 opened in November 2017 and has been developed with support from Arts Council England. Overlooking the Hart Gallery, Level 2 now offers a space for Focused Study, Special Events and Hands On experiences.

The Museum collections attract the interests of scholars from all over the world. Since 2013 Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery has worked with the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies at the University of London to promote the importance of collections held by the museum. Under the guidance of Dr Cynthia Johnston, a programme of visiting academics has been established.

Level 2 offers opportunities to browse open storage of collections and the Handling Boxes encourage visitors to take some time to experience objects up close.