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FLINTS FOSSILS & MINERALS  Our geological staircase contains three wall frames presenting the history of fossils from 550 million years ago up through to Stone Age Man in 3 steps – early life – middle life – and recent life. These frames have been described as masterpieces of miniaturisation which are unique to the Bacup Natural History Society. At the top of the stairs is a geological cross section of the layers in Greens Clough, north of Bacup a happy hunting ground for the Nat geologist. The cloughs north and east of Bacup have simple structure and horizontal layers and are completely ‘open book‘of the rock layers and coal seams,  so important to Bacup’s development. Sunday afternoon rambles were a popular Victorian pastime. Members of the early ‘NAT’ were encouraged to bring in natural history, fossil and flint specimens collected during their rambles. Many of the fossils and flints  they collected are still available to view today. DOMESTIC AND MILITARY COLLECTIONS Over the years the focus of the museum has switched  to local history. Like elsewhere Bacup has a rich  social and military history all of which are reflected in tour collections. Weapons, tools and flints from, the stone age, bronze age and iron age all feature in our permenant displays. Entomology, botany and some of our oldest natural history specimens sit alongside what is known as Dr Worralls cabinet a Victorian collectors cabinet of curiosities. Whilst our mining and industrial collections provide a glimpse of a working way of life in Bacup now long gone. A lamp carried on the last passenger train out of Bacup to Rochdale on the 16th June 1947, features in our transport displays. Our military collections include over 50 medals awarded to men from Bacup & Stacksteads who took part in WW1 and WW2, including those awarded to A.B Norman Clegg who in 1943  continued to lift 50lb pans of ammunition to the gun despite having had his arm fractured in two places by shell splinters. Other artefacts in the collections include an American Civil War cap worn by Bacup man Henry Redmond, sand and shrapnel  from the beaches of Normandy and  from closer to home a piece of bomb shrapnel from a bomb that landed on the Thorn Estate during the early hours of Monday the 21st October 1940. A beautiful christening gown, forms a backdrop to our Victorian school, police and fire displays whilst opposite these displays we hark back to 1920 when Nat member John Cook started the very first Bacup Camera Club. A world of science, fun and laughter  childhood and music and dance comes next before  our numismatics collections which includes money and tokens once used in the shops and on transport in and around Bacup.
OBJECT OF THE MONTH  Other artefacts from our collections will be showcased in our new “ Object of the Month” display and future exhibitions. February’s object is a reproduction of the antique pop up book by Lothar Meggendorfer The book unfolds into six scenes featuring exciting circus acts from around the world. Daredevil riders and their horses, acrobats and clowns, the circus orchestra are all included in this three dimensional spectacular. The first edition was published in 1887.
Victorian Glass Cased Birds Knife Sharpner & Polisher Wash Day Blues Dinky & Corgi Toy Collection Ensign Optiscope Magic Lantern Torpedo Washer Music & Dance Displays
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