What Activities Are Going On?

Improving the knowledge and appreciation of the unique history and built heritage of Bacup through providing a wide range of community activities and heritage construct skills training for local people, building owners, local construction professionals and trades-people, is key to the success of the THI.

For example this built heritage is characterised by coursed local stone, stone flagged roofs, prominent chimney stacks, traditional sash windows and distinctive weavers windows. It is important that local building owners and trades-people are aware of the techniques involved in restoring and repairing these features, and that local people are aware of their value, as their loss would have a significant effect on the character of Bacup.

You can get involved in the THI by joining one of our community activity events or heritage skills training courses held throughout each year of the project.

On Thursday 9th November, come and Talk to us at the A, B and D centre between 2pm and 8pm to discover more about the project and the new proposals

Come and get involved with our next events:

Saturday 11th November 2017- FREE trip to Lancashire Archives (meet at Bacup library at 9.30am and return to Bacup at 1.30pm, free trip with refreshments) 

Tuesday 14th November 2017- FREE HISTORIC CRIME WALK. Delve into the gruesome tales and discover crimes committed over 100 years ago. Meet at Morrisons at 7pm for a 1 hour walk in and around Bacup, delivered by local resident Darren Ashworth.

Saturday 18th November 2017- Reminisce about Bacup. Interactive discussion session with all local residents from all ages, taking us back in time throughout the decades. 1.30pm-3.30pm at the A. B an D centre, Bacup, OL13 8EU. The session will be filmed for future opportunities.

Saturday 25th November 2017- FREE Stone Masonry full day course delivered by Burnley College. Free transport and lunch.

Please contact thi@bacup.org.uk if you are interested in any of the upcoming events.

Throughout the next year we will be celebrating Bacup's Heritage and the River Irwell through the Irwell Tapestry. All members of the community are invited to get involved with this project and we invite you to take a look at more information in our news section HERE.

On Tuesday the 24th of October, pupils from BRGS and All Saints got the opportunity to speak with the project team and find out all about the various careers linked with construction. Architects, commercial managers and structural engineers were on hand to answer the very well thought out questions. The pupils are going to create presentations on what they discovered and relay the information back to their peers.

Part of the Irwell Tapestry. The THI will fund and manage a community art project to reflect the culture and history of Bacup. This will be known as the Irwell Tapestry, and it will be crafted in small tiles individually and then put together to form the tapestry. General themes of the tapestry will be nature, people's homes, the area of Bacup and wildlife.

Gravy wrestling on the Irwell Tapestry.


The Lancashire Archives Tour

A representative of the Archives giving a brief tour and an introduction into research methods. 

Attendees browsing through the Lancashire Archive resources.

The Lancashire Archives tour set out to introduce attendees to the county archives and resources as well as demonstrating a practical introduction into archive research methods. An additional aim of the Archives tour was to allow local people the opportunity to access the Lancashire Archives and learn about local culture.

The tour helped people to learn about the Archives and research methods using the archives, letting those who came along become familiar with the resource.


"Bacup Reminiscence"- Memories day and Oral Histories event


The cubs asking questions about Bacup to older members of the community.

The memories day let the younger generation of Bacup interact with the older people in their community, recording memories about older people shopping in Bacup as well as asking older members of the community questions to learn more about Bacup.