Children + Families

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Keeping our children busy, stimulated, and enthusiastic about their heritage, art and culture is one of our main aims at the Whitaker. We strive hard to engage children of all ages. We understand the importance of connecting children and young people with local history as well as curiculum based areas. We’re making our venue welcoming and exciting, with a programme of regular indoor and outdoor activities.

Go to our events page to see all our exciting upcoming events for you and your children over the Christmas period. 


Educational Visits

The Whitaker are delighted to offer educational visits to schools. We want your visit to be inspiring and entertaining, bringing the curriculum to life. Combining visual arts and living history, we make use of our varied collectionS, and the museum setting itself, to develop pupils’ understanding and skills. Our staff are experienced in supporting different needs and abilities.

Learning Sessions

Printmaking - Full day / KS 1/2/3 / Art

Come and develop mono-printing techniques with your class and take home a ready made display for your school. Using sketch books in the museum children can collect ideas from the museum and the park which will be developed through printmaking later in the day. 

Full day / KS 1/2/3 / Literacy/WW1

This session will develop narrative story writing with a local history theme. The amazing story of how the first world bomb came to be at the Whitaker, brought there in a wheelbarrow, will be brought to life in the museum. A story hook will be sent to your school a week prior to your visit, then a full day spent in the Whitaker will explore characters, artefacts, events and historical facts from the First World War and children will have opportunities for writing their story in the museum.

In addition to the above learning sessions, groups will have access to the Museum and its amazing natural history collection, including the much loved Tiger and Python, Baby Elephant, Polar Bear, Platypus and many Birds. There will also be opportunity to learn more about our local story, notably, George Hardman and his family who lived here until the end of the 19th Century and local man Richard Whitaker who turned the building into a museum and park for the people of Rossendale. 

Each full day session costs £5 per pupil. Accompanying staff are free. Call us now and discuss with our events team how we can accomodate your visit. 

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