Bacup Natural History Society

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.

Over the years the focus of the museum has switched  to local history, and like elsewhere Bacup has a rich  social and military history all of which are reflected in our collections.

Weapons, tools and flints from, the stone age, bronze age and iron age all feature alongside our natural history, mining and industrial collections. Other collections include artefact’s from WW1 and WW2.

Our Heritage Lottery Funded Fern Hill 1914 Hospital diorama tells the stories of the men who were treated there and the women who nursed them. The story of Bacup during the First World War continues in Mrs Ibbitts’1917 shop & parlour.  Where young and old alike can experience what life was like on the Bacup home front during WW1.

Our photograph collection includes over 5,000 images ranging from glass plate negatives, lantern slides,  photograph and postcard albums and individual photographs of all sizes.

With a well stocked library and archives containing local history books, documents, photographs, maps, plans and gazetteers along with other collections, on local mills, mines, public houses and chapels, that were compiled by late members relating to Bacup, and a warm comfortable meeting room and resource area with Free Wi-Fi.

There is something for everyone at the Bacup Natural History Society & Museum.









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