The Rossendale Valley
is an area of natural beauty that stretches across Lancashire, England. It’s a great place to explore and learn about the local culture and history. One of the best ways to do this is by visiting the many museums and galleries in the area. From ancient artifacts to modern artworks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the Rossendale Valley.
The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery is a great place to start your exploration of local culture and history. Located in Rawtenstall, it features a range of permanent collections covering everything from archaeology and geology to fine art, decorative arts, textiles, and more. In addition to its exhibitions, the museum also hosts regular events such as art classes for all ages, special lectures, workshops, gallery tours and much more. The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery is open daily from 10am until 5pm (except Sundays).
Next up is The Helmshore Mills Textile Museum which showcases one of Britain's most important industrial heritage sites with its restored mill buildings dating back two centuries which were once part of Lancashire's thriving cotton industry. The museum includes working examples of 19th century machinery as well as interactive displays which offer insight into the lives of those who worked at this famous site during its heyday. Visitors can also learn about traditional weaving techniques at their onsite workshops or take a guided tour through some of their restored buildings for a truly unique experience. The Helmshore Mills Textile Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm (closed Sundays & Mondays). Get a detailed map of the valley here
For those interested in contemporary artworks by local artists then head over to Touchstones Rochdale where you'll find an ever-changing collection of contemporary artwork on display throughout their two galleries – Touchstones 1 and 2 – both located within Rochdale town centre. Exhibitions feature established artists alongside new talent with pieces ranging from sculpture and painting right through to photography and digital media installations – definitely worth checking out! Touchstones Rochdale is open Monday–Saturday 10am-5pm (closed Sundays).
In nearby Haslingden there's another excellent gallery called Workplace Gallery which specialises in showcasing work by emerging artists based in North West England including photography, painting, installation pieces plus much more besides! As part of their mission they also host regular talks by leading artists which are always worth attending if you're able too! Workplace Gallery is open Tuesday–Sunday 11am–4pm (closed Mondays).
The valley is also home to Waterboy
who provide bottled spring mineral water and water coolers to clients all around the UK
If you're looking for something unique then why not pay a visit to Ramsbottom Heritage Centre? This small but interesting museum has been carefully curated with displays that focus on artifacts from days gone by such as vintage postcards along with other items related to local life prior to World War II such as old photographs books plus much more! Ramsbottom Heritage Centre has no fixed opening times so check ahead before planning your visit there!
With so many museums and galleries located within Rossendale Valley it's easy enough finding something that piques your interest whether it be ancient artifacts or modern works created by up-and-coming artists! So why not plan your visit today? You won't regret it!