Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

 

Queen Street Mill is the last surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill in the world. Come along to this Grade 1 listed building and relive the days when cotton was king. 

See the mighty steam engine 'Peace' and the coal fired boilers, learn about pirn winding and drawing in and visit the weaving shed, which still contains 308 Lancashire looms.

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Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

Plan your visit

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Saturday 30 October 2021.

Opening times are midday to 4.30pm, with tours running every half an hour from 12.15pm and the last tour at 3.15pm. October tours will only be available at 12.15pm, 13.45pm and 15.15pm. Tours last approximately 1 hour. 

Weaving demonstrations are available Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

We also have trails to suit children of different ages, with prizes to be won every month.  

We are no longer taking bookings online, however, if you would like to pre-book you can do so either by email or telephone.

We are a Covid safe venue. Read more before you visit Queen Street Mill.

Refurbishment works

We currently have ongoing works repairing the engine. Visitors can view our warming fires in our Lancashire boilers, however, we are not steaming at the moment.

Admission charges

  • Adults £3
  • Concessions £2 (over 65, people with a disability, carers, unwaged and students)
  • Accompanied children (under 5) free 
  • For group bookings or guided tours please contact us to discuss your needs either by email or telephone.

How to find us

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum
Queen Street
Harle Syke
Burnley
Lancashire
BB10 2HX

Plan your journey and view bus timetables for your area

 3 miles outside Burnley town centre, the number 5 bus runs regularly from the bus station and just 3 miles from Junction 12 on the M65 follow the brown signs to find us. Wheel chair accessible.

Facilities, access and contact details

Facilities

  • Free parking 
  • Café serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and locally made cakes (Wednesday to Saturday midday to 4.30pm)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Gift shop
  • Disabled toilets
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Full disabled access
  • Exhibition space

Access

The approach and area around the museum is flat, however the surface is flagged and uneven. You should allow at least 1.5 hours to go around the museum, visit the shop and have a drink in the cafe. The tours will be led by experienced guides who will tell you about the history of the mill, show the process of raw cotton through to woven cloth and demonstrate the machines.

See the access statement (PDF 922KB) for more detail or please ring us if you have any questions.

Contact us 

Tel: 01282 459996

Email: queenstreetmillburnley@lancashire.gov.uk

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Things to see and do

Filming projects

As a unique heritage venue, the mill, and especially our weaving shed, has featured in many films and productions including North & South, Life on Mars and The King's Speech. The mill was used as a location for the film about how King George VI overcame a debilitating stammer after his surprise ascension to the throne. It starred Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon and Guy Pearce.

More recently scenes for the film Peterloo and the BBC 2019 series of A Christmas Carol were filmed here. As you explore the sights and sounds of the historic mill, what scenes do you remember from these popular film and TV productions?

Here's what some of our visitors had to say:

"A treasure well worth preserving & a fascinating tour."

"Great place, lovely smell and inspired exhibitions."

"One of the best tours I have ever been on! Brilliant place. Loved it. Thank you!"

"I come from an area that never did any of this, absolutely amazing!"

"Walking through glorious history."

"Quite easily one of the best museum visits I've made (and I'm 65)."

Colin Firth wrote in our visitor book that Queen Street Mill was "a thing of beauty" – and we couldn't agree more.

 

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Queen Street Mill is a nostalgic time capsule of the late Victorian age bringing the textile industry vividly to life. Set amongst an iconic, distinctive industrial landscape shaped by chimneys, old mills and terraces it offers a truly unique experience - the world's last 19th century steam-powered weaving mill.

Imagine what life would have been like as a mill worker. You might even hear the sounds of 'Peace' the incredible steam-powered engine that powers over 300 looms in the weaving shed. Feel the power of the looms to understand why the weavers learnt to lip read.

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The Mill chimney is 120 feet high, local people look out for this landmark on the skyline to know they're nearly home! It is built of brick as these could be made in the required curved shape which was easier than individually hand shaping stone. When the mill opened in 1895 Edmund Atkinson climbed to the very top of the chimney to play a cornet solo!

Did you know that the Mill pond or lodge is filled with around 500,000 gallons of water and is fed from rain water from 50% of the weaving shed roof via downspouts on the mill lodge side walls.

 

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Don't miss the boiler house, you can only access this from outside by the stables. This is where the two Lancashire boilers, 30 ft long and 8 ft wide, generated the steam to power the mill. The boilers were made in Hyde and transported to the mill on a special trailer designed for carrying Lancashire boilers, the trailer was pulled by a steam traction engine.

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If you've visited us, what was your favourite thing you learnt about the mill? Let us know by sharing your experiences on Twitter using #QueenStreetMill and don't forget to tag in @LancsMuseums on Twitter and @LancsMuseums on Facebook.

What's on: events and exhibitions

Search for the latest events at Queen Street Mill. If there are no current events listed check back for new events soon. We look forward to seeing you.

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Events and exhibitions at Queen Street Mill

We are once again working in partnership with Super Slow Way to host the British Textile Biennial in Queen Street Mill, bringing the work of four renowned artists to exhibit in the space from 1 to 31 October 2021.

Simply Schools

We also offer workshop sessions for schools, where pupils can discover what life was like for workers at Queen Street Mill, and find out what jobs children had to do. They can explore the ins and outs of the weaving process and get hands on with a card loom.

A Victorian school room takes you further back in time to saying your times table and writing on slate. Dress up as a mill worker and learn about their domestic home life. Whilst Children's playtime allows exploration of the toys and games the children might have enjoyed in their rare free time.

Our Heritage Learning Team's aim is to give pupils the opportunity to explore and appreciate Lancashire's rich heritage through access to our unique collections and stimulating sites such as our historic mill.

School sessions can be tailored to complement your curriculum. We work closely with teachers to meet individual needs and reinforce classroom learning.

Find out more about Learning with Lancashire Museums.

Looms and cogs by Matt Bowden