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the whitaker museum & art gallery



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Upcoming Events


whitaker festive lunch | FRom DEC 1st 2017

The Whitaker is the perfect setting for a festive lunch this December. Celebrate the approaching festive season with friends or colleagues with a delicious lunch with views overlooking the beautiful Rossendale valley. Must be pre-booked. *Served Wed - Sun 12pm to 3pm throughout December

*restrictions apply

Dusk 'A wave of words' | Dec 21st 2017

Join us this Solstice in association with the Arachne Press for a 'Wave of Words' across this UK. Live stories, poems and songs on the theme of Dusk at Dusk. A free event not to be missed, featuring poetry from Writer Tony Curry, stories told by actor Neil Bell and music from the amazing Sarah Grundy of Joan & the Wad. 

NEW YEARS EVE | dec 31ST 2017

Welcome in 2018 with your nearest & dearest at the Whitaker. 

With lots of fun, laughter, music and a Hot-Pot supper to look forward to, we'll make sure the night goes with a bang. Doors open 7pm until late. £20 per ticket, booking essential. 


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.