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the whitaker museum & art gallery



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Please note we will be closed all day Saturday 19th May for a private function. We reopen at 9:30am on Sunday 20th May. 


Upcoming Events

Liam Spencer Home and Away Exhibition

Liam spencer: home & Away | Apr 21st - jun 17

Home and Away is a new exhibition by acclaimed artist Liam Spencer. Through a series of paintings, ink drawings and digital art it explores his home patch of Rossendale, alongside work from overseas including New York, Nepal and Australia. Featured is a piece entitled “A Rossendale Compendium”, a large compilation of small ink drawings cataloguing the flora, fauna and landmarks that the artist has ‘collected’ on his travels.

Moorish grill and chill


The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, in association with Head Chef David Dewhurst’s company, Foodypants, presents a relaxed, family-friendly, all-day barbeque and musical event.  ‘Moorish Grill and Chill’ will be serving up North African inspired food, an outdoor bar, and there’ll be a DJ spinning soulful vibes. Food served 12-7, with a late bar, all the making for a perfect way long weekend.  

HALF TERM CRAFTS: THE CAR MAN | may 30th - jun 1st 2018

Come along and join local artist Kate Nash for more fun, creative activities in our popular school holiday craft sessions. Kate will be using the exhibition in the Whitaker's Art Gallery, Liam Spencer's 'Home and Away', as inspiration for a range of craft activities. Most of the crafting will take place inside, however there's every chance that the young participants will also be encouraged outdoors - it could get messy


Eatery & Bar

With a fresh and informal approach to our menu, we provide a choice of light 'brunch style' dishes made from the highest quality locally sourced ingredients, all designed to allow you to enjoy throughout the morning into late afternoon. Our menu is influenced from foods around the world including Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options being served 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. 



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