B&E Boys are pleased to announce the handover of the completed project at The Whitaker, Rawtenstall. The £1.9 million transformation of The Whitaker was delivered by Rossendale Borough Council in conjunction with the Whitaker CIC and was supported by money from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
B&E Boys were awarded a £1.5 million contract for the project, which included building an extension which linked two levels from the museum to the barn using modern and traditional materials seamlessly link the two spaces.
The Whitaker holds a special place in the hearts of the Boys family and many of their staff. Director, John Boys vividly remembers visiting the Rossendale Museum, as it was previously known, as a child and the company have also held Christmas parties there. Their enthusiasm for The Whitaker, their knowledge of the building and local area and passion about the project helped B&E Boys secure the contract.
The project, which was in the planning stages for over three years, involved converting the old stables and barn, to relocate the cafe and bar, thus freeing up exhibition and event space within the existing building. The redevelopment has doubled The Whitaker’s space, allowing them to display art and exhibits from their extensive collection, as well as create space for events and activities.
The theme of the redevelopment was nature, society and creativity and the goal was to maximise on the potential The Whitaker held and enable it to become a focal point for tourists visiting the local area.
There were initial delays with the project due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however work began on site in summer 2020 and we are delighted to report that The Whitaker reopens to the public on 24th July 2021.
Visitors to The Whitaker can expect to find permanent museum exhibitions as well as contemporary art exhibitions in the galleries. It also boasts a revamped bar and kitchen with stunning views and a range of delicious food and drink available plus disabled access and outdoor seating. There will also be a host of activities running, including plenty for families and children over the summer holidays, such as a ‘Make a Zoetrope’ event for ages 7 and up in conjunction with local artist, Caroline Coates and a Rhythm Calls drumming circle experience for all ages. You can view all upcoming activities at The Whitaker on their brand new What’s On page.
B&E Boys are incredibly proud of the part they have played in revamping this much-loved local treasure and can’t wait to celebrate their 60th anniversary at The Whitaker with staff and clients in September.
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