Additional funding agreed to help secure the future of historic mills in Lancashire

On 11 July, Cabinet approved additional funding for Queen Street Mill in Burnley and Helmshore Mills Textile Museum in Rossendale. This is whilst the partnership led by the county council and the National Trust continues to explore options.

The county council and the National Trust currently have a memorandum of understanding to work together to find solutions for the future of the mills, which were reopened to the public by the council after a short period of closure due to budget cuts.

Ways in which the mills can generate income and minimise costs while also conserving the buildings and collections and providing public benefit are also being considered by the partnership.

This will enable potential operators or partners, including local community groups and businesses, to understand how they can be part of the future of the mills.

Cabinet agreed:

  • Additional recurrent funding of £190,000 in the museums service budget from 2020/21
  • The use of £190,000 of one-off funding from reserves to cover an in-year pressure in 2019/20
  • The use of one-off funding from reserves of £433,000 in 2019/20 and £433,000 in 2020/21 (£866,000 in total) whilst the long-term future of Queen Street Mill Museum and Helmshore Mills Textile Museum is considered.

For more information view the report to Cabinet 11 July 2019.