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Rossendale Museum

Whitaker Park
Haslingden Road

Rossendale Museum is housed in a 19th century mill owner's residence built in 1840 for the Hardman family, overlooking their woollen mill at New Hall Hey. The Museum was opened in 1902 after the house and grounds were purchased by local businessman, Richard Whitaker, who presented them to his native town of Rawtenstall.

The museum retains much of the character of the original house. Displays include a late Victorian drawing room, fine arts, furniture and a natural history section featuring historic taxidermy such as the Tiger and Python and the popular young African Elephant.

The local and social history galleries cover numerous aspects of Rossendale's history. Displays include Neolithic flints, local industries, clog making, toll boards, domestic bygones and costume. Temporary exhibitions are held throughout the year.

Whitaker Park commands some fine views across the valley, and contains a picnic area, playground and aviary. Situated within a short walking distance of the East Lancashire railhead and Ski Rosssendale, the museum makes an ideal family day out.

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    Only a short walk from the centre of Rawtenstall and the East Lancashire Railway Station.

    Rossendale Museum Postcode for SatNav: BB4 6RE


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    +44 (0)1706 217 777
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