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  OUR ARCHIVES The Nat archives and library  contain  hundreds of books, documents, photographs, maps and plans relating to Bacup. We have a  well stocked library of local history books pamphlets and gazetteers along with other research collections, on local mills, mines, public houses and chapels,that were compiled by late members. The collection includes a wide variety of documents ( some only available to members only) including the parish relief book of 1864,  booklets, leaflets and service documents from both World Wars, adverts, receipts, letter heads, diaries, scrapbooks, ledgers, invitations, certificates and menu cards. Our newspaper archive is limited at the present moment because the majority of our Bacup Times newspapers have been sent away to Edinburgh to be scanned, after which they will be available to view online on our Rossendale Newspaper Archive, a kind donation and legacy from the late Mr Peter Fisher. We do have some Bacup Times duplicates in stock along with a full collection of the Bacup and Stacksteads Chronicle and the Bacup Echo. LIFE THROUGH A LENS  Our photograph collection includes over 5,000 images ranging from glass plate negatives, lantern slides,  photograph and postcard albums and individual photographs of all sizes. covering various topics such as transport, mills, churches and people. They provide an invaluable pictorial record of Bacup and Stacksteads streets, shops, businesses, houses, people, events, buildings and organisations, making  up an interesting collection depicting the life and times of the people and the past of Bacup and Stacksteads and surrounding areas.  OUR RESOURCE AREA We have a very comfortable resource area with Free wifi, two computers, printers and photocopiers which can be used  for free by members to search our image collection, documents maps and other sources of information. Prints of photographs and documents can be obtained for a small charge. Please note: access to the full archives are limited for non-members. Our resource area can also be hired for small meetings please email for more information.


If you have a photograph you can’t identify call in and see us. There is a good chance one of our members could help.


We have various documents to aid you in your family history research.
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