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Last Update 13th August 2020

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we will be cancelling all public meetings until  Ramsbottom Civic Hall is re-open and can accomodate our meetings to COVID-19 secure guidelines

The current planned opening date for the Civic Hall is January 2021, so the remainder of the public meetings in 2020 have been postponed, and the planned speakers from this March have all agreed to speak next year. We will publish next year's programme when we have confirmation that we can return to the Civic Hall

The Photographic Competition results are now available here


The Ramsbottom Heritage Society is a registered charity which promotes the history of Ramsbottom, as well as recording the present through the annual photographic competition

We research the history and memories of Ramsbottom residents and produce audio memories, some are available here. We run a photographic competition each year to record the changes in Ramsbottom

We have made available old maps of Ramsbottom

We have a Photographic Database of over 6.000 photographs

We hold monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7.30 in Ramsbottom Civic Hall

We also have an active conservation group who meet monthly to review planning applications and their impact on the conservation of Ramsbottom.

Membership runs from April to March and currently costs £8 a year, with a reduction for joiners throughout the year.  Members receive a twice yearly News Magazine, back copies are available for viewing here

Latest News

Ramsbottom Heritage Society is nearing the completion of a project on the history of Nuttall Village which includes the memories of the last people who lived there in 1940s-1960s. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who has knowledge or photos that we could add. This map shows the main area of interest
Please contact us via the contact page


The Date of Build Register for properties in Ramsbottom has been updated in May 2020. See the details on the Research page

The Research page also has details of the various projects that the Society has been involved since 1997. These include documenting Scout Moor before the wind turbines arrived, the Crow Lane Project, the Kibboth Crew archaelogical dig, and the connection between Dickens and Ramsbottom


Bury Archives

The Society has a varied collection of over 6000 documents and 2000 photographs which are fully catalogued and packaged in archive-quality materials. Most of these documents and photographs are held at Bury Archives, where they can be viewed. The opening hours at the Archives which are on the bottom floor of Bury Library/Art Gallery are now Tuesday-Friday 10 - 3.30 p.m. and Saturday 10 - 1 p.m.

The online Catalogue can be found at

Duplicates of some of the archive are also available at the Heritage Gallery when open on the 2nd Sunday.  The list can be downloaded here

Heritage Gallery

The Heritage Gallery is on the first floor of Ramsbottom Library and has an exhibition created by members of the Heritage Society. The current exhibition, which will run until 2020 is called

Ramsbottom Pubs and the Odious and Loathsome Sin of Drunkenness and concentrates on the public house that existed around 1890

Monthly Meetings

We hold monthly public meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Details are here

Photo Database

We have a photo database of over 2000 photos before 1987 and over 4000 from the Annual Photographic Compettion

Click here for an introduction to the database or here for direct access