Rossendale's museum to house new cafe, workshops and local artists’ displays (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Rossendale's museum to house new cafe, workshops and local artists’ displays
Rossendale’s museum, art gallery and country park The Whitaker is going through a major revamp to turn the centre into a hive of community, business and artistic activity.
A new cafe, community garden and conference and education facilities are to be installed in the Rawtenstall venue within the next six weeks.
Four rooms of the former Victorian home have already been stripped back to reveal its original decor, and one will soon provide spaces for local artists’ work, local heritage pieces, an eatery and workshops. The arts consortium in charge of the museum and grounds, the Whitaker Group, will also be working with Incredible Edible Rossendale to create a community garden and hold local food and drink events.
Carl Bell, of the Whitaker Group, said: “We’ve got so much going on here. We’re only half way through at the moment but when it’s done we will have completely revamped the place.
“It’s important to us to have a space where local artists can show and sell their work.”
The group have also been working in partnership with Rossendale Council in a bid for Lottery funding to improve the museum in the long term.
In the next few weeks and in the run up to Christmas, Rossendale Museum will be hosting events for the Valley’s 60s weekend, fright nights during Hallowe’en and a food and drink fair.
To find out more, visit www.thewhitaker.org.
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