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Mrs Ibbitts’ 1917 Shop & Parlour  
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Our first event of 1917 took place on Easter Saturday 15th April 2017, when we opened Mrs Ibbitts 1917 shop and parlour. We were inundated with guests from the minute the doors opened at 10am to well after 3 when we finally had to close the doors. Child vistors were given a old penny on entry which they could swap for old fashioned sweets, and were able to make thier own Easter bonnets and enter them into our competition, the winner will be posted shortly along with the winners of our superb raffle prizes. Mrs Ibbitt’s is based on  Mrs Florence Ibbs who ran a hat shop in Union Street and sent war comforts to soldiers, two information panels tell the stories of Mr and Mrs Ibbs and the effect of rationing on the Bacup Home Front of 1917. The museum is also working with pupils from Northern Primary School and cubs from 2nd Rossendale Scout Group for the project, the children will be growing their own crops and researching town centre shops.
Two of our youngest members. Mrs Ibbitts Counter. Parlour. Parlour. See how a derelict damp unused room was transforned into Mrs Ibbitts’ 1917 Shop & Parlour See how a derelict damp unused room was transforned into Mrs Ibbitts’ 1917 Shop & Parlour