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the whitaker museum & art gallery



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Upcoming Events


IN celebration of dee mishka | jan 23rd 2018

We are deeply saddened by the news that our cherished friend and colleague Dee Mishka, sadly lost her long battle with Cancer at the end of last week. She will be missed by everyone here and the loss leaves a very large hole in our hearts. Join us for a celebration of her life. 

Raucous afternoon tea | jan 24th 2018

We are preparing to serve a very special Afternoon Tea in our drawing room for 16 very lucky guests this coming January. Enjoy our delightful tea service in the settings of our Victorian room whilst learning about historic local women connected to the Whitaker and local area.

Valentines 'knowing me, knowing you quiz | feb 14th 2018

How well do you really know your partner? Join us this Valentines night and put your knowledge to the ultimate 'love' test in our 'Knowing me, Knowing you Quiz'. A fun filled evening for all couples who think they have all the answers, and a fully stocked bar if you find out that you haven't after all.


Eatery & Bar

With a fresh and informal approach to our menu, we provide a choice of light dishes made from the highest quality locally sourced ingredients, all designed to allow you to make the most of the longer days and warm nights this summer. Sharing Boards and Sliders, alongside Afternoon Tea there is something for everyone to enjoy.

You can also enjoy a fully licensed bar, as well as the finest Illy coffee or highest quality Jing Tea, alongside our famed cake collection baked fresh in house. 

Food Served Wed - Sun  from 9.30Am to 4pm*

(*restrictions apply)  



Natural History 

From Orangutan to Platypus, Polar Bear to Elephant the museum collection of animals includes over 9000 preserved specimens.

The zoology collection includes many mounted mammals, most of the best are on display. A large collection of shells, many birds, eggs and entomology. The collection is worldwide in scope, with specimens from the Arctic to Asia, Africa to Europe as well as animals from our local environment.

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Social History

The Social History Collections contain thousands of objects representing the everyday and exceptional lives of local people from the 18th Century to the present day. It aims to cover aspects of the domestic and social lives of those for whom Rossendale is home.

The range of objects in the collection is vast, only a part of which we have room to display at anyone time, but with regular changes there is something new to find overtime you visit.



For over 100 years the Whitaker has stood to bring the community together and keep heritage alive. If you are planning a special event or occasion then talk to us about hiring space and make it a truly unique event.