Admission to the museum is Free and is home to many domestic, industrial, religious and military artefacts.
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Collections  in the Museum

  A model of Stevenson’s Rocket locomotive sits alongside some fearsome looking surgical and dental equipment, while our military collection which contain everything from the Great War, death pennies and service medals to sand and shrapnel collected from the beaches of Normandy during World War 2 remind us of the many young men from Bacup and Stacksteads who paid the supremesacrifice. What we can assure you is that one visit will never be enough we know that however many times you visit our museum you will always see something for the first time


Fern Hill Military Hospital  & Mrs Ibbitts’ 1917 Shop & Parlour

Fern Hill House, Stacksteads was the home of William Mitchell who died on 5th  March 1914," "His daughter decided to give the house to Bacup to be used as a military hospital following the outbreak of war in August 1914. The diorama represents only a small corner of what was termed “ Number 1 Ward” of the hospital. Experience how rationing affected life on the Bacup home front, and how the sending of war comforts helped make the men in the trenches feel a little closer to home.         

Our Archives

We have a large collection of  the Bacup Times newspaper  covering the years 1865 to 1965  as well as  the Bacup &  Stacksteads Chronicle covering  the years 1901... and the  complete collection of the  Bacup Echo. So if your are researching your family history these newspapers are a must, read. Just like todays Rossendale Free Press they contain birth, death and marriage announcements, along with various other intresting snippets about what life was like for our ancestors in Bacup and Stacksteads and the surrounding areas. Our photograph collection includes over 4,000 local  photographs, and lantern slides, covering various topics such as transport, mills, churches and people. An intresting collection depciting the life and times of the people and the past of Bacup and Stacksteads and surrounding areas. Copies of the photographs can be ordered and printed off for a small charge. If you have a photograph you can’t identfy call in and see us as there is a good chance one of our members may be able to help you.How You Can Help UsWe are always looking to add to our photograph collectionso if you think you have a photograph we may be intrestedin and would like to donate it to us or alllow us to copy the photograph please do call in and see us. We have recently installed a fantastic broadband service which means we can now help visitors with thier online family or local, military history research. With access to the many online ancestry research sites we can now offer a helping hand to you whether your just dipping your toe into the world of family history or are a seasoned searcher who has hit a brick wall we may just be able to help.Wifi is available for visitors who may want to bring along thier own laptops. A well stocked library of local history books pamphlets and gazeteers along with other research collections, on local mills, mines, public houses and chapels,that were done by late members are available for visitors to use. A small collection of school log books mainly for Heald School as well as information relating to Bacup’s Police, Fire and Ambulance services. We have many of the Bacup Borough minute books as well as various clearance orders and maps. Without a doubt one of the most valuable resources we have is the combined knowledge of our members. Many of our members have specialist intrests on topics ranging from local quarries and  stone, to wildlife and birds. Local history  including the buildings, and people that  helped to make Bacup one of the greatest mill towns in the North of England. If our members  can’t help you can rest assured they will know  someone who ca


Our fossil collection is one of the oldest and possibly largest in Lancashire and while today we find the idea of killing and stuffing wild birds and other countryside creatures shocking, this along with collecting birds eggs and butterflies was a popular pastime of our Victorian members and many of thier collections are still available to view in the museum.
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