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.


The Whitaker Museum + Art Gallery
Whitaker Park, Haslingden Road,
Rawtenstall, Rossendale

Tel: 01706 218858


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

Booking & Details


Costs vary depending on each session.

To book:

For learning enquiries please contact Gemma Outen at


Learning Sessions & Activities


A Houseful of Stories

Local history, significant people and curious objects!

  • KS 1
  • KS 2
  • Local History

Professor Jiggett's Fantastical Field Guide

Follow our free self-guided trail around the park under the guidance of magical explorer Professor Jigget

  • KS 1
  • KS 2
  • Natural History

Additional Activities

Curious Collectors Case Loan Boxes

We also offer loan boxes to help you explore objects from our collections, maps, and local legends’ lives. They cover 1830s – 2000s with a focus on local history and the Industrial Revolution. Aimed at KS2, the boxes can either be used to pick and choose activities within, or you can follow the entire learning programme. The boxes link to curriculum topics within history, geography, science, English and art – with additional links to PHSE.
Loan details:

The boxes can be loaned for up to 2 weeks at a cost of £50.

Digital and Online Resources

Find FREE activities for your classroom and museum. Creative videos, PDF resources and more. Learn how to knit, print, write for wellness and make an elephant! (add Whitaker website link here when enabled)

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