To find out How it all began - go to 'Our History' page
The Grand Opening
The Museum was officially opened in the Market Hall on Saturday 7th. April 2012 at 11:00am by the Mayor of Hyndburn, Councillor Collette McCormack, with a central downstairs display area and other units on the balcony. The location within the Market Hall has since moved to a side location.
We now have two sites, one remains in the Market Hall with an additional one in the Arndale Centre which was officially opened on Thursday 28th. November 2013 at 2:00pm by Hyndburn's Mayor, Councillor Judith Addison.
In August 2015 we had to move from our original Arndale Centre location into a another unit which had larger cellars where we could store artefacts which were not currently on display and we were able to rotate the exhibits more easily.
In 2017 we had to relocate once more but still within the Arndale Centre, this time into our largest premises to date.
Saturday 16th. September 2017 saw the grand re-opening of our museum in it's third Arndale Centre location. Hyndburn’s Mayor, Councillor Peter Britcliffe and his daughter Sara the Mayoress, were present along with Hyndburn’s Member of Parliament, Graham Jones.
Please Come and visit us.
We are centrally located under cover within Accrington Arndale Centre which has a large multi-storey car park. You can visit us in all weathers and remain dry by using this car parking facility.
We have another location inside Accrington Market Hall which is a short walk away and is mainly under cover.
Both locations have numerous displays and artefacts which are open and accessible. Our volunteers are knowledgeable and helpful should you require assistance with anything.
All of the museum staff are volunteers sparing whatever time they have and sharing out the workload between them.
Our displays cover a variety of topics and we are sure you will find something of interest. We have artefacts from both World Wars, Religion, Transport, Photography, Printing and Household Goods.
Our Industrial heritage displays showcase most of the famous Accrington and surrounding district manufacturers including NORI Bricks, Ewbank Sweepers, E.J. Riley Snooker Tables and Howard & Bullough, who manufactured and exported cotton processing machinery worldwide.
The majority of items on display have been kindly loaned or donated by generous members of the public for which we are extremely grateful.
We rely on your visits, financial donations, purchases and attendance at our events to keep the museum growing and for it to remain a valuable part of the community.
Mr. Bernard Scully who sadly passed away in October 2019 was a co-founder of the Museum
Click on his photo to see a video
Temporary Opening Times
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00am. - 12:30pm.
Wednesday 10:00am. - 12:30pm.
Saturday 10:00am. - 12:30pm.
Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 10:00am. - 3:00pm.
Mr. Jimmy Whittaker 'Bottleologist'
Click on this picture to see a video