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
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
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