Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

A photo of large spinning machines in a factory
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18th century water powered fulling mill and a 19th century condenser cotton spinning mill, both with working machinery.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Please see our website for our current opening times

Admission charges

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  • Museums Association

Additional info

Free entry to cafe and shop.

The textile industry collections of Lancashire County Museum Service are Designated Collections of national importance. They are located at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum and Queen Street Mill Textile Museum.

19th century working waterwheel, fulling stocks and other machinery associated with the finishing of woollen cloth. Original and complete Arkwright waterframe and contemporary carding machinery, lap former, lantern frame and drawframe. Hargreaves Spinning Jenny, Lancashire Loom and cotton machinery including working carding engines and spinning mules.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Industry

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
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Mill Tour (KS3)


Explore both mills to discover the clues that show how the buildings have developed over time. What has remained the same? What had changed and why?

How to obtain

This tour lasts 45 minutes. For more information please call 01706 226459 or email www.helmshore.museum@mus.lancscc.gov.uk. To book a session, please complete the downloadable form here www.lancscc.gov.uk/acs/sites/museums/incl/docs/schools/SessionBooking/HelmshoreMill.doc and send it to the museum directly with your non-refundable deposit of £30.00.

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
Holcombe Road


Lancashire Museums website






01706 226459


01706 218554

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