• Fully physically accessible
  • Coach drop off
  • Toilets
  • Lunch facilities

The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery

The Whitaker is a forward-facing museum and art gallery that aims to foster inclusive, vibrant communities that thrive within our natural environment.

At The Whitaker we work to strengthen people’s right and entitlements in terms of cultural access, education and participation in the life of the community. We draw on history and heritage, to help imagine design and begin to create the Valley we want for people and nature.

The history of the building goes back nearly 200 years when the house was owned by a local mill owner and called Oak Hill, Oak Hill was purchased by Richard Whitaker, another Rawtenstall industrialist, in 1900. he donated the building to the people of Rawtenstall as a museum.

Learning Sessions

Meet the Collector

(40 min online session) KS1/2

A virtual session to explore the museum and the curious objects that we care for. Choose from the themes of ‘Curious Objects’ or ‘WW1’.¬† ¬†Sessions link to the National Curriculum and a resource pack is included in the cost of ¬£40 per session.