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Celebrate the history of Whitworth at free event

Rossendale residents are invited to a weekend of free talks and performances to celebrate the ancient history and heritage of Whitworth and the Spodden Valley.

Mid Pennine Arts and their archaeology partners Dig Ventures are hosting the event at Whitworth Museum on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July between 10am and 3pm as part of the Festival of Archeology.

The event is inspired by Spodden Valley Revealed Ecomuseum, a National Lottery Heritage funded project supported by Newground Together, part of Together Housing Group.

Spodden Valley Revealed will be a new kind of visitor destination, celebrating the stories of the area around Whitworth, by linking ancient sites via a new greenway route.

Over two years, the project team is building up a trail of discovery through landscaping works and improving access They are also investigating the stories of the area and commissioning artists to create new works of interpretation of those stories and the landscape. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved for people of all ages.

Dave Bowker, a resident who attended a recent archaeology day as part of the project, said: “I have lived nearby for over 20 years. I’ve never really stopped to imagine what had been there before. I never had the skills to be able to identify parts of the landscape. Now is the chance to learn more and do more and contribute to the survey.”

Justin Thomas, another resident who attended the last event, added: “It connects us more to our home town and is an opportunity to find out what was going on a long time ago on my doorstep.”

Peter Jordan, Director of Newground Together, said: “Spodden Valley is teeming with the remains of lives lived long ago – from ruined villages and old monuments, to traces of the ancient hunter-gathers who once stalked this land. If you are curious about the past and want to learn more about the history on your doorstep, come along and get involved.”


Saturday 27 July:

10:00 (Talk) New discoveries in Spodden Valley

11:00 (Talk) Mesolithic hunter-gatherers and their flint tools

13:00 (Talk) The secret history of munitions at Healey Dell

14:00 (Talk) Potions, medicines and the Doctors of Whitworth


Sunday 28 July:

10:00 (Performance) Doctor Whitworth’s tales of old Whitworth

11:00 (Talk) Artaeology: art inspired by ancient history

13:00 (Demo) Flint Knapping! Learn how stone tools were made, and see them being created.

Please note that tickets are not essential but some talks have limited seating and priority will be given to those with tickets.


To book your tickets, visit:

Spodden Valley Revealed is also supported by Lancashire Council Council, Lancashire Environmental Fund, Ernest Cook Trust, Crook Hill Community Fund, Sylvia Waddilove Foundation and Rossendale Community Fund.

For more information about the project visit or watch the following videos: and



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