Friends of Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

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Information on this page was last updated on 01/10/2017

The aim of the Friends is to promote, support, assist and generally further the purpose of the Helmshore Mills Textile Museum by voluntary action and fund raising activities.

The museum itself consists of two mills; the Higher Mill which is a woollen fulling mill built in 1789 and driven by a water wheel. Whitaker’s Mill was built in the mid 19th century and is a specialised cotton spinning mill, starting from waste recycled cotton and finishing with mule spun yarn. There are other significant exhibits including a full size Hargreaves Spinning Jenny and a portrait of Sir Richard Arkwright.  All exhibits are described by means of extensive video presentations and informative plaques.  Local schools make  full use of the museum as part of their educational programmes.

The Higher Mill is owned by a Trust but operated by Lancashire County Council. Whitaker’s Mill is both owned and operated by Lancashire County Council.

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