Whats New in the Heritage Centre

This cartoon was done in the early to mid 50’s by Art Teacher Mr Higson {peeping through the cutain at the back} of some of the staff of Darwen Grammar School. When asked by Miss Annis why there weren’t any women in the drawing he confided that he wasn’t ‘that brave’.

Thank you to Harold Heys for sending us this cartoon.

A new exhibition is now open in our Front Exhibition Room.

It is a collection of paintings by a local artist, Hubert Bentley. 

All of the paintings are of buildings and views in Darwen and are on sale with 20% of the money being donated to the Heritage Centre and 20% to the Darwen Tower Fund.

It is well worth a visit and will be on for about 6 weeks.

Please visit us to see this new exhibition as well as looking at everything else we have on show.

The painting exhibition by Adrian Turner has been moved out of the Front Exhibition Room into our Main Display room and will be able to be viewed until early February.

This Memorial Plaque is from Bolton Road URC which closed its doors recently. It was in the original Bolton Road Church and now has been placed in the entrance to the Heritage Centre. Thank you to Stevenson Memorials for fixing it to the wall for us totally free of charge.

A new display featuring photographs of Whitehall Park has been set up in the Main Exhibition Room.

The display contains photographs of the Lightbown Decorative Fountain, the Lych Gate, the Walmsley Sundial, the Catlow Drinking Fountain, the Cannon, the Pickup Bandstand and the Top Sundial. 

A new display featuring photographs of Bold Venture Park has been set up in the Main Exhibition Room.

The display contains photographs of the Rutherford Bandstand, the Gillibrand Observatory,the Ashton Kiosk, the Hindle Aviary and the Shorrock Drinking Fountain.

On Tuesday 3rd December 2019 a talk was given on Darwen and its people in WWII by Albert to Holy Trinity School Year 5 and 6 pupils.

The children and staff had many questions to ask after the talk and then they spent some time looking at the picture display set up for them and finding answers to the quiz questions.

If any other schools would like to bring classes to the Heritage Centre for talks on Darwen Heritage and Social History please do get in touch with us to arrange.

Children's Colouring Corner

We now have a corner where children can sit and colour with crayons while parents look around the centre.

Darwen Heritage Centre '100' Club

The Heritage Centre are running a ‘100’ Club where, for £3 a month, numbers are drawn out every month winning £20, £15, £10 and £10 respectively.
If you are interested in joining our ‘100’ Club, which raises much needed funds for Darwen Heritage Centre , please call in and fill in an application form.
The winners for 2019  are as follows.

Thank you for supporting the ‘100’ club, we are looking forward to seeing who wins in 2020 and hopefully welcome some new members.

2020 ‘100’ Club Winners

January 2020

£10 – no 39 J.Yates

£10 – no 31 M. Binns

£15 – no 8 A. Rigby

£20 – no 7 E. Jepson 

February 2020

£10 – no 24 Dillis Dyer

£10 – no 19 Angela Tracy

£15 – no 4 F. Rigby

£20 –  no 26 P. Turner