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16th February 2013  

In support of the Bacup Townscape  Heritage Initiative the Nat  was  asked to help kick off  what will be  known as Owd Bacup week 16th - 24th February 2013.  As a result that Nat will be open on  Saturday 16th February from 10am  till 1pm. Why not pop in and join us for a  cuppa, and check out our brand  new research and resource area.  Take a look at our photograph  collection and museum and see how  we  could help you in your own family  or local history searches

August 20th 2012 

The Committee and Members of the Nat  are very sad to share the  news of the death of one of our much loved and valued members Mr John Bowditch aged 69, who passed away peacefully after a long illness on Monday 20th August 2012, in Sommerset where he was staying with his sons.John had been a member of the Nat for several years serving on the Commitee as Membership Secretary, up to a few months before he became ill. He spent many long hours producing our Royal Visit 1913 dvd. Our deepest sympthy and condolences to Johns family.
The Committee and Members of the Nat  are very sad to share the  news that our Museum Curator Mr Ken Simpson Passed away on  Friday 13th July 2012 aged 86. Ken was dearly loved by all who knew him old and young alike, a very much love member of the Nat and will be very sadly missed. Our deepest sympathy and condolence go to Craig his son and daughter-in- law Melanie.

July 13th 2012

Nat where she officially opened the newly refurbished Lecture and  Resource Area.  The opening was followed by a brief potted history of the Bacup Natural History Society spanning 134 years, followed by  light refreshments. The lecture room refurbishments had been funded by an award from the Bacup Neighbourhood Forum. Work on the refurbishments had begun in June 2012, and one of the first major tasks for the members was moving the filing cabinets, chairs and cabinets into the middle of the room. After moving  one particular cabinet members were amazed to find a hole in the wall and a room that no-one had ever seen before or had any knowledge  off. The rooms contents were the base of a old tippler toilet, a belfast sink and stone trough and lintel along  with two grave stones, why the last two items were ever placed in this room is anyones guess. We do  think  its safe to say this room was at one time the toilet belonging to the pub which of  course is what the Nat was before it became our home. However enquries  continue :) The work was finnished in September 2012.

November 2012

October 3rd 2013

Pictured  with Callum, our youngest member is our local MP Jake

Berry. We were thrilled to finallywelcome Jake and ex

Rossendale Mayor Phillip Dunneto the nat after the original

planned visit in Septemberhad to be cancelled at the last minute

due to the recallingof Parliament and the debate on Syria. Jake

spent the evening chatting to members and looking around the

museum, libraryand new resource area taking the opportunity to

use our newly installed broadband to tweet his

September 2013 

The eagerly awaited visit of local MP Jake Berry was thwarted at the last minute due to the recalling of Parliament for the debate on Syria.However , the Society were delighted that ex Mayor of Rossendale , Philip Dunne , accompanied by Councillor Darryl Smith were still able to attend for a tour of the Museum , Library and , in particular , their new Resource Centre at which Mr Dunne officially launched the recently installed Internet and WiFi facility. Much use is already being made of this service , in particular with respect to research into family history and genealogy , available to 'NAT' members and the general publicvisit and details of the Nats website
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