Lovely to see this post about the reopening of Helmshore Textile Museums, where I worked for a year after completing my undergraduate degree many moons ago. Such a shame that it, like many of LCC’s museums, is now reliant on volunteers to get it going and is looking for a new operator.

Museum Development North West

Earlier this year Lancashire County Council announced that Helmshore and Queen Street Mill Textile Museums, which had been closed to the general public since 2016, were going to be partially reopened; since then staff and volunteers have done sterling work to get both sites ready. In the latest of our guest blogs Philip Butler and Jenny Ingham from Lancashire Museums Service recount the reopenings which were well attended by visitors, despite Queen St Mill’s being the same day as a certain World Cup semi-final match!

“From our roving curator Philip Butler enjoying the sights and sounds of cotton production in Lancashire once again…

Helmshore Mills 26 May 2018
At 11am the audience gathered at the front of the museum to hear Cllr Anne Cheetham perform her first duty as Chairman of the County Council and introduce Cllr Peter Buckley cabinet member with responsibility for community and cultural services, to perform…

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