On this page you will find news about what the society have been up to, and what has been happening at the Museum (or is going to happen in the near future), so do be sure to check back here often for updates.


WHS OPEN WEEKEND 2018:

The weekend of the 14th and 15th of July 2018 sees our annual Open Weekend, which this time will be commemorating the centenary of World War One. Amongst the many attractions we will have afternoon tea and refreshments, a bric-a-brac stall, and a Fire Engine and Police Vehicle, and not forgetting of course, our famous Grand Raffle with lots of fantastic prizes on offer courtesy of all those wonderful local businesses, who kindly donated them. Start time will be 11am and we will be open till 4pm, and we're looking forward to seeing you all there.

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Raffle Prizes

WHS DATA PRIVACY PROTECTION STATEMENT:

As most of you will no doubt be aware, the new GDPR Data Protection requirements came into effect on the 25th of May 2018, and below you can download a copy of the Society's Data Protection Privacy Statement:

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WHS Privacy Statement

JUNE LECTURE:

Our final lecture night of our 2017/2018 season took place on Wednesday 6th of June, and this time we were very pleased to have a visit from Janet Bracegirdle who came along to give us a talk entitled 'Childhood Memories of Shawforth'. Janet is also the author of a book called 'Memories - of a Lancashire childhood in a bygone age', which can be purchased from that link.

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VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE WHITWORTH HERITAGE MUSEUM:

We are very pleased to offer a new service to visitors to this website - a free virtual tour of our museum! Thanks to the nice folks at EU360.com, you can now have a look around the museum from just about anywhere in the world, and we hope that this will give you a taster of what we have on offer, and will encourage you to come along for a visit in person (nothing like seeing the real thing!). Where can you find this virtual tour? It's on our home page, just click on this link and it will take you right there:


JANUARY LECTURE - ALF MOLYNEAUX VISITS THE WHS:

Our first lecture night of 2018 was a real cracker, with a visit from Mr Alf Molyneaux, a man who is well known to Fred Dibnah fans, and one of his closest friends. Alf gave us a great description of life on the road as they toured around the country with Fred's steam engine and visited many heritage and industrial sites, plus a visit to Buckingham Palace to collect Fred's O.B.E. on what turned out to be Fred's final TV series. A memorable evening for sure and a big thank you to Alf for coming along. Below you can see Alf with the Mayor of Whitworth, Mr Alan Neal who was showing him a signed photograph of him and Fred when he came along to drop Spodden Mill chimney back in 1990:

Alf Molyneaux

WHS RECEIVE GENEROUS GRANT FROM THE CO-OP CUSTOMERS:

The Society was very pleased to receive a cheque for £1,256.47p from the Co-op as part of their 'Local Community Fund' scheme, were customers can donate a percentage of their dividends to local good causes. We were very pleased at just how much support we received from the good folks in Whitworth, and you can rest assured that this generous donation will be put to very good use. Below you can see a photograph of Society Chairman Mr Brian Furness receiving the cheque from staff members at the Whitworth Co-op. This is a great scheme for local groups who have to raise their own funds, and more information about this can be found at the following webpage: https://www.coop.co.uk/membership/local-community-fund

Co-op Cheque

Supported by the Co-op


A HISTORY OF LANCASHIRE IN 70 OBJECTS:

The Whitworth Heritage Museum was very pleased to have been chosen as one of the entrants into a project called "A history of Lancashire in 70 objects", which is being run by Lancashire Life magazine, Heritage Learning Lancashire and Museum Development North West. This involved choosing 70 items from various museums in Lancashire, and the organisers have also produced a 'Spotters Guide' showing where they are all located, and so that visitors can track them all down. Our entry was the 'Whitworth Jars', which were of the type used by the famous Whitworth Doctors, and to accompany the project we have put on an exhibition about Whitworth's famous Doctors, the Taylor family, and this can now be seen in the museum for the next few weeks. We often get queries from people new to the area about who the Whitworth Doctors were, and we hope that the new display will go a long way to answering any questions about them, and the treatment methods they used and which had made them so famous. As per usual we are open to the public from 2 to 4pm on Saturdays, and 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Tuesdays, and if you would like to come along and see the exhibition you are more than welcome.

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70 Objects
70 Objects

WHS OPEN WEEKEND - 15TH/16TH OF JULY 2017:

The WHS annual Open Weekend took place over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th of July this year, and again proved very popular. In spite of the Saturday being a bit on the wet side there was plenty to see and do indoors, and of course the youngsters from Whitworth band came along and entertained everyone. On the Sunday the Sun decided to put in an appearance and gave us a lovely warm day with blue skies, which was just as well as we had the army truck here on that day doing its very popular rides around the Wind Farm once again.

On the Sunday our genealogy and family history experts were kept busy helping visitors to trace their family histories, and this proved to be very popular, if you weren't able to make it there this time it's always worth coming along on one of our regular evenings, as we might still be able to help you get started. We'd also like to say a big thank you to Jeweller Mr Robert Daniels, of the Jewellery Repair Shop, at 47 The Rock, Bury, who kindly stepped in at the last minute and saved the day when our 'Cash in the Attic' expert let us down very badly and failed to appear. Our thanks also to all the Whitworth businesses who generously donated items for our raffle, which proved to be a great success.

Raffle Prizes
Cakes
Whitworth Band
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WHS NOW ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Social Media is very popular with many sections of the community these days, and not wanting them to feel left out, the Society has now set up a page on Facebook and a Twitter account, so that fans of these methods of communication can now keep up to date about the society's actions. You can find us by clicking in the buttons below, just 'like' our Facebook page to receive updates, and click 'Follow' to become a Twitter follower, and receive the odd 'Tweet' from us:

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OLDER NEWS ITEMS
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