Use our map to move around the museums and reveal information, pictures and helpful links.
For up to date info on what’s on at Blackburn Museum visit their website.
Daily listings for Clitheroe Castle can be found here.
For up to date info on events with Gawthorpe Textiles Collection visit their Eventbrite page
For the latest events and exhibitions at Haworth Art Gallery see their What’s On page.
Daily listings for Helmshore Mills Textile Museum can be found here.
Daily listings for Queen Street Mill Textile Museum can be here.
All of the Whitaker’s events and exhibitions can be found on their website
To find out what is happening at Towneley Hall please visit their facebook page.
For events and tours at Turton see their events page on visitlancashire.com .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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…
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!
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.
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.
Packed full of weird and wonderful items Pennine Lancashire Museums have been delving into their collections and sharing the results in exhibitions, publications and on-line. Click on the pictures below to see what each museum is sharing from their stores…
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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?
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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Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery firstname.lastname@example.org 01254 667130
Clitheroe Castle Museum email@example.com 01200 424568
Gawthorpe Hall firstname.lastname@example.org 01282 771 004
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection email@example.com 01282 773963
Haworth Art Gallery firstname.lastname@example.org 01254 233782
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum email@example.com 01706 226459
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum firstname.lastname@example.org 01282 412555
The Whitaker email@example.com 01706 260785
Towneley Hall firstname.lastname@example.org 01282 425 011
Turton Tower email@example.com 01204 852 203
Pennine Lancashire Museums also work together to provide learning sessions for schools and their pupils. For 2015/16 Ribchester Roman Museum has joined the group and the latest schools brochure is out now.
For details of all sessions, teachers’ events and new ‘Digital Reality Tours’.
Just click on your chosen illustration and it will open up an A4 size picture to print out.