Exploring the future of Queen Street Mill and Helmshore Mills Textile Museums

A partnership led by Lancashire County Council and the National Trust is to examine the future of the mills, which were reopened to the public by the council last year after a short period of closure due to budget cuts.

The project will explore and develop ways in which the mills can generate income and minimise costs while also conserving the buildings and collections to benefit the public. The work has been supported with a £99,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and has also received funding from Arts Council England.

At this stage, the project, which will involve a number of other organisations including the Higher Mill Museum Trust, the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England and Arts Council England, will not implement any proposals.