The Bacup natural history society and museum has been in existence since 1878 and has been at its current premises on Yorkshire Street in Bacup since 1947. The museum contains an array of exhibits and artifacts from fossils from 55million years ago to Mrs Ibbitts’ 1917 shop and parlour. For an example, the museums war display. Featuring historical artefacts from WW1 and WW2, as well as the brand new Bacup Women at War exhibit. Their photograph collection includes over 5,000 images ranging from glass plate negatives, lanternslides and photographs to postcard albums.
They have an archive and library that contains local history books, maps, documents, photographs, plans and gazetteers along with various other collections on local mills, mines, public houses and chapels.
There is a warm, comfortable meeting room, resource area and free Wi-Fi. They welcome anyone who are interested in local history.
Adjacent to the Museum is Newgate Gardens, which holds the Bacup wall of history. The wall of history is made up of various stone artefacts that have been collected over a period of around 100 years. The Garden also home to a large crushing circle and The Bacup stocks.
The events they hold are tailored to be suitable for families, so people of all ages can enjoy.
Fossil Roadshow, Scavenger Hunt, Henry’s Hunt – finding Henry IIV’s wives. They have school classes coming in, as well as Cubs, Beavers, Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. They can tailor events to any needs.