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Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Haworth Art Gallery

Haworth Art Gallery

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Gawthorpe Textiles Collection at Gawthorpe Hall

Gawthorpe Textiles Collection at Gawthorpe Hall

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

Rossendale Museum

Rossendale Museum

Towneley Hall

Towneley Hall

Turton Tower

Turton Tower

Clitheroe Castle Museum

Clitheroe Castle Museum

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From the largest collection of Tiffany Glass in Europe to the last surviving steam powered mill in the world, experience beautiful, mysterious, bizarre and heart-warming tales and collections.

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Blackburn Museum

Mummy, Mummy, Mummy

As one of the first museums to open outside of London in 1874, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery houses a rich and fascinating collection of paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, Christian icons and medieval manuscripts.

Children will delight at the collection of bugs (hidden under velvet cloths), the Egyptian Mummy dating from 1AD and the secret storey that is the Explorers’ Gallery.

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Howarth Art Gallery

Heart of Glass

This Arts and Crafts style mansion was built for brother and sister William and Anne Haworth in 1909 and left to the people of Accrington in 1920. It is home to the largest collection of brilliantly coloured Tiffany Glass in Europe, all thanks to a local boy who went to find fame and fortune in America.

Tiffany vases, mosaics and tiles are all on display along with the art collection of William and Anne Haworth.

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Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

A Tale of Two Mills

Made up of two mills, Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum tells both the story of wool and cotton and how they defined the history of the valley for almost 200 years.

Visit the Devil Hole, one of the most dangerous places to work in the mill and see a demonstration of the amazing cotton spinning machines in action.

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Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Gawthorpe Hall Textiles Collection

Our Material Girl

The textiles collection at Gawthorpe Hall was amassed by Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth. Today the collection includes historic and contemporary lace, quilts, costume, samplers and embroidery from all over the world.

Gawthorpe Hall dates back to the early 16th century and you can wonder at the beautiful long gallery and architecture of the hall as well as enjoying the beautiful gardens and grounds.

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Gawthorpe Textiles Collection at Gawthorpe Hall

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

Built in 1894, Queen Street Mill Textile Museum is the last surviving, operational steam powered mill in the entire world.

Owned by the ‘The Queen Street Manufacturing Company’, the mill is a time capsule of the late Victorian age. It has an engine called ‘Peace’, named in honour of the locals who lost their lives during the first world war.

Come and see Queen Street Mill’s vast weaving shed, so impressive it featured in a scene from Oscar winning film ‘The King’s Speech’.

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Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

The Whitaker Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery

Set within the beautiful grounds of Whitaker Park, Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery offers a surprising experience to each visitor.

Inspired by its Victorian history the museum and gallery makes unique connections with contemporary themes. Whether the images and artefacts are from the past the present or the future there is something unique for everyone.

Regular exhibitions and themed heritage pieces rub shoulders with extraordinary natural history - shrunken head and fighting tiger...

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Rossendale Museum

Towneley Hall

Bear, Boggarts and Bankruptcy

Set in 400 acres of beautiful parkland, Towneley Hall is the finest building in Burnley and has many stories to tell.

It houses a unique collection of treasures from around the world including outstanding paintings, Egyptian artefacts, a Peruvian mummy and Bill the Bear.

A visit to Towneley is a great day out for the whole family. There is an excellent play area, friendly cafe, an 18 hole pitch and putt course and you can explore the Offshoot permaculture gardens too!

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Turton Tower

Built in the 15th Century as nothing more than a defensive fortress, Turton Tower became an impressive and lavish house.

Used for many years as a hunting lodge or second home it has had many owners including the notable Chetham and Kay families.

Given to the public in 1929 Turton Tower is a wonderful visit where you can see the architecture, furniture and gardens of a beautiful historic house.

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Turton Tower

Clitheroe Castle Museuem

Perched on a mound high above the floor of the Ribble Valley, Clitheroe Castle with its Norman keep provides a wonderful day out for the family.

The museum, which occupies the Seventeenth Century Steward’s House, tells the story of the history of Clitheroe from 350 million years ago to the present day.

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During the Industrial Revolution, Pennine Lancashire was one of the most important and wealthy places in the world. Today, the wonderful collections and lavish architecture of it’s museums, mills and historic houses tell stories of the money made and spent in the region. We’ve created this story map to inspire you to visit Pennine Lancashire’s extraordinary museums and wonder at this unique region.

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During the Industrial Revolution, Pennine Lancashire was one of the most important and wealthy places in the world. Today, the wonderful collections and lavish architecture of its museums, mills and historic houses tell stories of the money made and spent in the region.

These wonderful places are perfect for a family day out, containing fascinating collections and exhibits to intrigue and excite young and old. There is so much to see and do and with many of the museums near to each other, why not visit two museums in one day or try one you’ve never been to before?

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FREE Tea Towel Offer

Claim your free limited edition ‘Wonderful Things’ story map tea towel, made here in Lancashire, when you visit 3 Pennine Lancashire Museums. Pick up a promotional leaflet from any participating Pennine Lancashire Museum.

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Terms and conditions for Tea Towel Offer

OFFER NOW EXTENDED UNTIL 31ST OF JANUARY 2014 WITH 3 EXTRA VENUES

  1. Closing date for the offer is 31st of January. Offer open to persons 18 and over.
  2. Relatives of Pennine Lancashire Museums employees and anyone connected to the promotion are excluded from participating in the offer.
  3. To qualify for one free tea towel, participants must have THREE different Pennine Lancashire Museum Tea Towel stickers attached to their promotional leaflet and they must hand this leaflet in at a participating museum in return for their promotional tea towel: the 3 stickers will then be marked ‘void’ with a cross and the leaflet returned for further use.
  4. Stickers and tea towels are only available at the 9 participating Pennine Lancashire Museums - Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery; Gawthorpe Hall; Haworth Art Gallery; Helmshore Mills Textile Museum; Queen Street Textile Museum; Towneley Hall; The Whitaker Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery; Turton Tower; Clitheroe Castle Museum.
  5. Only original printed leaflets and stickers will be accepted, no photocopies allowed.
  6. One sticker will be given per household (at free venues where no entrance fee is payable) and per entrance fee transaction (where entrance fee is payable).
  7. Only one free tea towel can be redeemed per visit. No bulk or 3rd party claims will be accepted.
  8. In the event of unexpected demand, Pennine Lancashire Museums reserves the right to offer an alternative item of equal or greater value and to amend, alter or withdraw the offer at our discretion.

Promoter: Pennine Lancashire Museums, c/o Burnley Council, Town Hall, Manchester Road, Burnley, BBII 9SA

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