Nestling side by side in the stunning Rossendale Valley are two of Lancashire´s original textile mills: Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill which, together, are Helmshore Mills Textile Museum. We are upgrading the Museum buildings, displays, information and facilities, as part of an exciting project to Improve Access and Interpretation supported by generous grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Friends of Helmshore Museum, and others.
Cloth production, first wool, then followed by cotton, was Lancashire’s main role through the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The Museum will lead you on a journey to discover how raw wool and cotton was transformed into yarn. See the Revolution gallery telling the story of Lancashire´s role in the industrial revolution. Watch the mighty waterwheel powering the stocks as they thump the wet woollen cloth. Discover famous inventors and international textile industry treasures including an Arkwright Water Frame from the 1780’s. A changing programme of exhibitions, events and activities including demonstrations, talks, workshops and children´s holiday activities, means that there is something to keep all the family entertained.