What Activities Are Going On?

Community Engagement: 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.

Come and get involved with our next events:

Saturday 2nd June 2018: Black Smith Taster Session at Stubbylee Greenhouses 12pm - 3pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to come and see a working forge, a black smith working using this tradtional skill and also have a go yourself. There are limited places so please email or call the THI Project Officer to book your place. There will also be tea, coffee and a selection of delicious, home made cakes provided by the Cafe. This taster session and the refreshments are free of charge. Depending on the popularity of this course and attendees interest there may be scope to deliver another session or another, more intensive session.

Sunday 3rd June 2018: Family Black Smith Taster Sessions at Stubbylee Greenhouses 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. These two short sessions are a great way to get yourself and your family out into the fresh air and into Stubbylee Park. The sessions are purely specatator only and all children MUST be accompanied by an adult. What a great way to spend a Sunday than coming and seeing a forge in real life and a black smith working his craft. A free home made lunch will be provided at the Cafe so please book your place so not to be dissapointed on the day.

Tuesday 19th June 2018: Architecture Walk - with local historian and author Kathy, a tour around Bacup looking at the stunning architecture and history behind it. Bacup has a number of Listed buildings and a rich and diverse heritage, some steeped in fact and others in myth and legend. This walk will provide a facincating insight into the buildings throughout the town centre. An enjoyable way to spend a Summers evening. The walk will start at 6pm. Location to be confimed nearer the date.

Please contact thi@bacup.org.uk if you are interested in any of the upcoming events or call the THI Project Officer on 01706 252477.

The Irwell Tapestry: There have been a number of fantastic workshops delivered by local artist, Ruth Evans. Working with a diverse range of residents and locals to create a community Masterpiece. The workshops were designed and delivered according to the abilities of the group. To date we have worked with 2nd Rossendale Beavers and Cubs, Britannia Community Primary School, The Youth group at the Maden Centre and Weir Pride to name but a few. Currently, Ruth is working very hard to bring all of the fascinating artwork togther. Participants were encouraged to draw and stitch anytning that is important to them along the banks of the River Irwell from its source in Weir, through Bacup and on into Stacksteads.

Above are some swatches for the Tapestry created by Ruth.

Gravy wrestling on the Irwell Tapestry.

You can find out more about Ruth Evans on her website by clicking here.

The Lancashire Archives Tour: the Lancashire Archives tour set out to introduce attendees to the County Archives resource as well as demonstrating a pracitcal introduction to archiving and research methods. An additonal aim of the tour was to raise awareness of the Archives and engage with more people accessing them. This will have a positve effect in allowing residents and locals to learn more and engage with their history and culture.

By the end of the tour, attendees were secure in how to access the Archives and also the importance in maintaining them and keeping them for future generations.

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

Attendees browsing through the Lancashire Archive resources.

Bacup Reminisce - Oral History: The memories day gave young people the opportunity to interview and engage with the older generation to find out about their shopping habits and how groceries and shopping habits have evolved over the years in Bacup. There are still a number of traditonal shops in Bacup, D&A Gregory & Sons, recently celebrated 50 years in business in March 2018. Conversation was evoked by using a range of different items in their original packaging from different eras.


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