Pendle’s Hidden Valley – illustrated talk by Alex Whitlock

Alex gave an excellent talk and update this evening about the Archaeology Group’s  Hidden Valley Project. The Hidden Valley runs from Sabden area through to Blacko and is hidden by Pendle Hill to the north and the much lower Padiham to Barrowford ridge to the south. Alex concentrated on the activities, finds and discoveries of…

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Reports on Helmshore Mill and Queen Street Mill closures

MP battles on to save ‘treasure’ Read more: Plea to save Queen Street Mill from savage cuts Read more: Plea’s for people to come forward and save Burnley’s Queen Street Mill Read more: One in five regional museums at least part closed in 2015, says report Read more:…

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Natwest_Bank,_PadihamPadiham Townscape Heritage receives funding

Burnley Council has received initial support for the Padiham Townscape Heritage Initiative bid, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Padiham ‘Crafting the Future’ project. Click Here for more


A petition to save Queen Street Mill Museum, Burnley and Helmshore Mills Museum, Rossendale has been launched to save these internationally important museums of Lancashire’s cotton and wool industries.  SIGN THE PETITION HERE Details of the planned closures can be found in national and local newspapers and on the Museums Association website… see below Independent…

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WEAVERS’ TRIANGLE: Dazzling spectacle to herald new era of town’s heritage landmark

A STATE-of-the-art light show is set to herald the completion of the initial phases of the former cotton industry heartland in Burnley next week. Thirty short films detailing the town’s storied past and a series of ‘stunning’ projections will light up Slater Terrace as part of the £100million On The Banks celebration at the Weavers’…

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Workhouses of the North

Our lecture season got underway Friday evening (25th September) with a most interesting and informative talk from Peter Higginbotham, entitled ‘Workhouses of the North’. From as early as 1601 laws were passed to provide ‘out relief’ for the able bodied poor but it wasn’t until 1723 that parishes were granted the right to refuse ‘out…

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Textile Buildings Opened for Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days weekend (12-13th September) was ‘bonanza time’ for lovers of mills and machinery with Higherford Mill, Weaver’s Triangle, Oak Mount Mill Engine, Haslingden Grane Mill Engine, Queen Street Mill and Bancroft Mill Engine all open to the public. As well as being shown around the historic building, visitors to Higherford Mill  could also…

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