Why 'Film Night' at The Whitaker isn't just a trip to the Movies.

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…

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Object Lessons: An exploration of the collection at the Whitaker

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.

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Object Lessons: An exploration of the collection at the Whitaker Museum

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.

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Object Lessons: An exploration of the collection at the Whitaker

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. 

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