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.
Mrs Ibbitts shop whilst telling the story of Bacup durinf 1917 will also sell some small pocket
money toys, sweets and books.
The roaring success of Easter Saturday has left us all looking forward to our next event which will
take place in the Summer so watch this space :)
With grateful thanks to James Megarity Plasterer, S Middleton, Studio 51, and Inchpunch Design. Morrisons
and Boots for raffle prizes and vouchers.
Mrs Ibbitts 1917 Shop & Parlour
First, Second and Third Prize Winners. All bonnets and prizes can be collected from the Nat from 7.30 Thursday and 1.30 to 4 on
Tuesday or by emailing us to arrange collection on email@example.com
Raffle to be drawn Thursday 20th April 2017 Winning numbers will be posted here as well as the Nat window and Bacup Past and
Present Facebook Group.