At The Whitaker, we’ve been looking at all the ways that the 60s changed the lives of those in the valley at the time, including music, food and nostalgic stories.
A highly influential part of this era were the fashions, which were usually driven by the prevalence of youth culture. In this post, we’ll be discussing those subcultures that sprung up over the decade and the trends that they created.Read More
The film follows the unlikely friendship of a conman (Dustin Hoffman) and a very naive male prostitute (Jon Voight), as they hustle their way through the seedy underbelly of New York.
This moving, gritty and often bleak story still holds a place in the American Film Institutes top 100 films, but it wasn’t without its controversy.Read More
Agnès Varda was arguably one of the most influential female film makers to date. Passing away earlier this year at the age of 90, her 70 year career in film, art and photography was one that started movements and influenced others. A fashion icon that embraced getting older with colour and a distinctive style.Read More
Mick Stephens, our Museum Collections Consultant, brings you another look into specific articles of interest here at Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery, Rossendale.Read More
Our High Street cinemas today offer us the best, and some of the worst, Hollywood has to offer.
Every year we are dazzled with star studded cinema, big blockbuster action, scares, laughs and a few tears. There is something for everyone, and the many different films can offer an experience that stays with you, challenges you, or simply just entertains you. But this is just half of the story…Read More
When you google the definition of film, the Collins dictionary will reply with:
‘A film consists of moving pictures that have been recorded so that they can be shown at the cinema or on television. A film tells a story, or shows a real situation.’
A story, but whose story?Read More
What’s your MP like?
Whatever your thoughts the fact is that if you are over 18 and a UK citizen then you are likely to be entitled to vote at the next election. Two hundred years ago this would not have been the case.Read More
So far we have seen Haslingden lad Fred Grimshaw join the East Lancs Volunteers in 1900 and become part of the war effort in South Africa. Now 21 years old, he appears to have taken being badly let down by officers, getting lost a lot and enduring tough support duties in harsh conditions in a very matter of fact manner.Read More
The story so far…. 20 year old Haslingden lad Fred Grimshaw has joined the East Lancashire Volunteers and after a brief and basic training has found himself in South Africa where the British are fighting the Boers. Fred’s duties have mostly involved bridge guarding but that is about to change.Read More
If you’ve ever stumbled on one of your old diaries did you stop to read it? Of course you did. You may have stopped making entries a couple of months in but nonetheless your recording of thoughts and feelings at the time will be of great interest and a sure fire source of potential embarrassment.Read More
Following a recent review of the Accredited status of The Whitaker Museum, considered by a panel appointed by Arts Council England, ‘Full Accreditation’ status has been awarded to the Whitaker for the next 3 years.Read More
So its been quite a while a now since news first broke early last year that The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, were successful in securing an initial £100k Heritage Lottery Fund bid to develop plans to extend the museum into the barn, stables and yard next-door.Read More
Take the latest look at individual items from the Whitaker collection with Mick Stephens, Independent Antiques Dealer & Valuer, and now Collections Consultant here at the Museum is. Do you know what his latest find is?Read More
What do you do with your muddy footwear?
Unless you’re a builder, festival goer or ardent rambler then this probably isn’t something that you give much consideration to. Before the mid-1800’s this would have been a daily issue for just about everyone.Read More
You may have noticed that the FIFA World Cup is underway in Russia. Even if you are trying your utmost to avoid watching the tournament you’re probably aware of the current plethora of football related marketing and merchandising.Read More
Do you collect anything? Books? Vinyl LPs? Shoes? Ornamental owls? Dust? Maybe you don’t but I bet that you know someone who does.
I inherited the collecting gene (citation needed) and now find myself travelling all over the UK attempting to make a living dealing in antiques. Museum collections provide an essential learning environment towards this endeavour.Read More