The Whitaker is your museum, full of stories of your heritage and culture. Now we want your help to expand our offer and provide as much as we can for our local community!
The Whitaker was gifted to the people of Rossendale in the early 1900s. Since then, the Whitaker has become home to so many stories of local people and the places they've visited and the things they've seen.
In 2013 it was threatened with closure and 3 local people with a vision and elbow grease stepped in to save it.
Since then, The Whitaker has grown and grown. We're welcoming world class artists, great dining, family activities, a bustling volunteer programme and a place for people to meet, share and create.
The next part of the story is even bigger.
In 2019 we closed out doors to undergo a huge refurbishment and expand the space. National Lottery Heritage Fund provided the funding to do this! And the completion of the new extension now means we have so much more to offer our community!
We have the potential to invite even more people through the doors and expand our outreach offer, working with children, schools, families, artists and craftspeople through workshops, talks, demonstrations and exciting events and activities in and outside of the wonderful new building!
We just need your help to fill our ‘What's on Guide’ and provide you with some new and exciting community events! Every penny received will extend our reach and make more engagement possible with every corner of our community!
'This is our museum, our space. Only we can make it great. Support The Whitaker and be part of its story.'