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.


LEARN TO BE A LOCAL HISTORIAN:

Have you ever fancied becoming a local historian? If the answer is yes then this 3 part course held at the Whitworth Heritage Museum may be just the thing for you:

Lesson 1: Introduction - How to do Heritage Research
Location: Whitworth Museum
Date: Friday 21st of September 2018, 11am - 1pm

Lesson 2: How To Interpret Heritage Research
Location: Whitworth Museum & Whitworth Library
Date: Friday 19th of October 2018, 11am - 1pm

Lesson 3: How to share Heritage Research - The Finishing Touches
Location: Whitworth Museum
Date: Friday 23rd of November 2018, 11am - 1pm

For more information check out the following webpage HERE:


OCTOBER LECTURE:

Our first lecture of the new 2018/19 season will took place on Wednesday 3rd of October, and this time we were pleased to welcome Noel Moroney, who gave us a fascinating and informative talk entitled 'Dead Interesting', which featured interesting and amusing stories from graveyards around the world.

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October 2018

WHS OPEN WEEKEND 2018:

The WHS annual Open Weekend took place over the weekend of weekend of the 14th and 15th of July 2018, and this year we were blessed with glorious sunshine, though did have to compete with the World Cup, but in spite of that we had a great turnout and lots of visitors, who came along to give us their support and to sample our wonderful cakes and cream teas. The theme this year was the centenary of the end of World War One. Amongst the many attractions we had a vintage Fire Engine from the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum in Rochdale, and a big thank you to their volunteer Les, who not only brought the vehicle along, but had to wear that sweltering uniform as well, and also to the Museum of Transport Greater Manchester who sent along one of their Leyland Tiger buses as well. Both of these looked great outside the museum, and got a lot of attention from the visitors, if you haven't yet been, we would strongly recommend a visit to both of these wonderful local museums. All the raffle prizes were drawn, but two of the tickets didn't have any contact numbers on them, so if you are the owner of Pink ticket number 310, or Yellow ticket number 454 please do get in touch with us, or pop into the museum when we are open, as your prizes await your collection. Finally, a big thank to to Alan from the Bacup Nat. who came along in his World War One uniform and really looked the part, and made a great attraction for the event.

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Open Weekend
Raffle Prizes


Raffle Prizes
Cakes
Whitworth Band

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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June 2018

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


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
If you would like to view any of our older news items you can now find these on another page. Clicking on the button below will take you there:
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